Preview links at California Golden Blogs:
Still searching for their first FBS win, Cal (1-4) will be in Pasadena on Saturday to play UCLA (4-0). For a quick preview of the Bruins – including QB Brett Hundley & LB Anthony Barr – check out the links below, courtesy of CGB:
– UCLA Scouting Report
– UCLA Offense Preview
– UCLA Defense Preview
The Golden Bears are a heavy underdog in this game, and an upset over the Baby Bears would be a shock. While both teams are young and have suffered several key injuries, Cal has been affected worse on both counts. The Bears are the 2nd youngest FBS team, and the inexperience has shown throughout the first 5 games, especially on defense. Cal has also lost 7 players – including 4 starters – to season-ending injuries.
Despite their early-season struggles, the Bears remain confident and are hopeful that this game will be the start of a turnaround. Players from Southern California – such as Bryce Treggs, Chris Harper, and Kam Jackson – will have extra motivation to pull off an upset. Also, don’t miss Golden Bear Report‘s in-depth 1-on-1 interview with Sonny Dykes – LINK.
The California Golden Bears return to Memorial Stadium to face off against the Washington State Cougars at 1pm Saturday. For a preview of the Cougars, visit our friends at CGB:
Cal Coach Sonny Dykes and WSU Coach Mike Leach share common football roots, dating back to their days as assistant coaches at Kentucky in the late 90s. Dykes also worked as an assistant (OC & WR coach) on Leach’s staff at Texas Tech. Saturday’s game could end up being a shootout, matching up the Dykes/Franklin Bear Raid against the Pirate’s pure Air Raid. The Cougars (3-2) are actually a slight favorite – 1.5 points – but the game is a must-win for the Bears (1-3), who are seeking their first victory versus a Pac-12 opponent.
In other news, senior safety Alex Logan retired from football this week and is no longer on the team, according to a report by Cal Rivals – LINK.