Arizona vs. California fearless prediction and game preview.
Date: Saturday, October 6
Game Time: 10:00 ET
Venue: Arizona Stadium, Tucson, AZ
Arizona (3-1) vs. California (2-3) Game Preview
One Reason Why Arizona Will Win
Cal can’t quite figure out what it is offensively.
Chase Garbers is a decent passing quarterback and can run, but the Bear passing game doesn’t have any sort of a dynamic, explosive element to it.
Former South Carolina transfer Brandon McIlwain is the runner, but last week in the loss to Oregon it was his job to provide a spark, and threw 21 passes with a touchdown and two picks.
Throw in the inability of getting Patrick Laird going on the ground on a consistent basis, and the Cal offense that’s averaging just under 400 yards per game isn’t quite getting it done.
Arizona’s biggest help, though, should be on the O line that’s so banged up. Cal doesn’t get behind the line enough to bother an injured Khalil Tate or his backfield mates.
One Reason Why California Will Win
Arizona can’t quite figure out what it is offensively.
When it had the chance to run against Southern Utah and Oregon State … kaboom. That’s how the O is supposed to work on the ground. But against USC? Nothing.
Tate has been trying to grow into a passer, and the results have been spotty. The yards have been there, but the results have been wildly inconsistent. Tate just isn’t accurate enough, but the offense keeps pressing with the running attack isn’t rolling.
How weird has this Wildcat offense been under the new coaching staff? Last year, Tate ran for 137 yards in a wild 45-44 firefight with the Bears. So far this season he has rushed for 69 yards in five games.
If you want to feel like doing the common opponent thing, Cal beat BYU in Provo, BYU beat Arizona in Tucson.
What’s Going To Happen
It’s not exactly do or die time here, but the loser is in big, big trouble.
However, Cal has UCLA and Oregon State up next. Win this, and it’ll be 6-1 before hell comes to breakfast on the schedule.
Cal has beaten two teams that aren’t totally miserable – North Carolina and BYU – and Arizona has wins over … Southern Utah and Oregon State.
Both teams are going to continue to try searching for a true identity and something that consistently works. Until then, and until Arizona can prove it can get over the hump and beat someone, assume the Bears will have just a little bit more together, especially defensively.
Fearless Prediction & Line
California 26, Arizona 20
Line: Cal -2.5, o/u: 57
ATS Confidence out of 5: 1
Must See Rating: 3
5: First Man
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