Oregon vs. Cal fearless prediction and game preview.
Date: Saturday, September 29
Game Time: 10:30 ET
Venue: Memorial Stadium, Berkeley, CA
Oregon (3-1) vs. Cal (3-0) Game Preview
One Reason Why Oregon Will Win
If the Ducks can quickly get past the disastrous crash and burn against Stanford, and if they can get the offense rolling again, Cal won’t be able to keep up.
Not to be forgotten in the loss was a brilliant day from Justin Herbert – his best as a Duck – hitting 26-of-28 passes in regulation before struggling in overtime. And while he’s been a wee bit erratic with his completion percentage overall – missing more than half of his passes against both Bowling Green and San Jose State – he’s been hitting on the big plays all throughout the season.
Last year he started the Cal game 7-of-8 for 86 yards and a score, and he ran for a score, but got popped and was knocked out for the game, and the next five after that.
On the other side of the ball, the Cal passing game hasn’t showed off the pop yet against the FBS teams. It only connected on short range passes against North Carolina, and while the Bear passers combined for over 200 yards against BYU, the O only hung up 21 points on the board.
On the road, Oregon has to get up fast – again.
If it can do what it did against Stanford, no, there won’t be yet another meltdown – Cal bomb its way to a comeback.
One Reason Why Cal Will Win
Turnovers are a big, big problem for the Ducks. In the three games against FBS teams, Oregon has turned it over eight times and is a -3 overall in turnover margin. Cal is having a few giveaway issues, too, with five in the last two games, but the defense is making up for it by forcing turnovers of its own.
Yeah, the Bear offense hasn’t been dominant or explosive so far, but the formula has been working. The offense has been opportunistic, and the defense has been excellent when it has to be, holding up well again the run and currently ranking fifth in the nation in pass efficiency defense.
Coming up with seven interceptions have helped turn games around.
And now, with Oregon coming off of that game, and with Cal getting two weeks off after a breezy scrimmage against Idaho State, this is going to be seen as the moment for the Bears to show they’re about to come up with something big in the Justin Wilcox era.
What’s Going To Happen
Here’s Cal’s moment.
Oregon is far more talented and it has the offense to turn the lights out on this game on the first few drives, but the rested Bears are going to come up with a terrific game plan, the offense will be efficient, and the defense will generate the big plays and takeaways to pull this off.
Oregon won’t be down after the loss to Stanford; the Bears will just play that well.
Under the radar so far, the unbeaten Cal team will show that it’ll be a factor in the Pac-12.
Fearless Prediction & Line
Cal 27, Oregon 24
Line: Oregon -3 o/u: 58.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 2
Must See Rating: 3.5
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