With the BIG win against UCLA last weekend, a ton of Cal fans are feeling really good about the team and looking TOO forward at our daunting schedule, which includes Stanford next weekend.
However, the Cal Bears just can’t afford to look ahead because you never know, this could be the weekend where Washington State’s quarterback finally clicks with the wide receivers.
Here are 2 things Washington State will test Cal on:
- Marquess Wilson & Co. vs Cal’s secondary: The Air Raid will constantly test whether our backs can go toe to toe against a pretty good set of wide receivers. However, a lot of aggressive attacks from our front line will help tremendously.
- Discipline: First of all, Cal has yet to really decrease the number of penalties they have been suffering, and Cal just can’t afford to do that on the road. Secondly, the Air Raid feasts on undisciplined defenses. One mistake could lead to a lot of yards for Washington State
Here are 2 things Cal will need to win:
- Winning the Front Lines: As we have seen from previous losses Washington State has suffered, whenever the opposing defense can at least rush the quarterback, Washington State can’t get anything going. Cal’s front seven will have to take advantage of that and get to their quarterback quickly. On the other side, if Cal’s offense line can somehow beat down on the opposing defense’s front seven (something Cal has not done this season) then Cal will have no problems scoring on the Cougars.
- Establishing the Run Game: The Cougars defensive plan is to force Maynard to get “involved” in the game to force him to make bad decisions. This means Cal will have to make sure they can establish a powerful run game, which was vital against the victory against UCLA. If the Cougars have to worry about Cal running all over them, all Maynard has to do is manage the game as he did against UCLA.