Pac-12 rivals square off in Week 9 when the No. 8 Oregon Ducks head to Berkeley to take on the California Golden Bears. Despite sharing a conference, these teams have few similarities. The Ducks are a Top-10 team and might be the best team in a solid conference. On the other hand, Cal is 1-3 in conference play and figures to fall out of contention soon.
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After their disastrous opener against the Georgia Bulldogs, the Ducks rebounded spectacularly and are on a 6-0 tear. They beat No. 9 UCLA last week and No. 12 BYU a few weeks before that. Oregon can take sole possession of the Pac-12 with a win over Cal in Week 8.
Bo Nix made it look easy against UCLA with 283 yards passing and five touchdowns. The Ducks won by 15, but it felt like a lot more for those watching. Nix and the entirety of the Ducks’ offense looked smooth and locked in. If they can replicate that on Saturday, the Golden Bears will get crushed. Think about it. The Ducks beat a Top-10 team by 15 points and now have a spread of 17.5 to cover against a Cal team that is 1-3 in conference play.
We weren’t expecting much from the Golden Bears, but they are exceeding our predictions of how bad they would be. After a 2-0 start, this team has fallen apart and gone 1-4 since Week 3. They were smoked by Washington State (28-9) and lost in back-to-back weeks to Colorado and Washington in the lead-up to this game.
The problem with this team is an inability to score as they rank outside the top 100 in points per game (21.5) Their defense is ok, especially on the ground, but without the ability to score, it doesn’t matter.
For what little scoring they do muster, it relies heavily on the passing game. Cal throws more passes than all but 11 other teams in the nation and runs the ball around 40% of the time. Oregon’s passing defense doesn’t rank too well, but they have been facing much stiffer competition.
Oregon vs California Game Injuries
Oregon vs California Game Information
- Game: Oregon vs California
- Location: California Memorial Stadium, Berkeley, CA
- Day/Time: Saturday, Oct. 29, 2:30 p.m. ET
- Oregon vs California Live Stream: ESPN
Oregon vs California Betting Lines
Oregon vs California Prediction
Oregon is rounding into midseason form and looks like the team to beat in a competitive Pac-12. The Ducks are coming off a 15-point rout of a Top-10 UCLA team, handing the Bruins their first loss. So, why would we doubt they could score three more points against a far inferior Cal team just one week later?
Oregon is a great bet to go off against Cal and take the lead in the Pac-12.
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