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.
A day after Cal’s 55-16 road loss to Oregon, DE Chris McCain was dismissed from the team, according to an official Cal news release:
Junior defensive end Chris McCain has been dismissed from the Cal football team due to conduct detrimental to the team head coach Sonny Dykes announced Sunday.
Coach Dykes was not available for comment, as there was no practice on Sunday. More information should come to light after Monday’s practice.
The California Golden Bears play their first road game of the 2013 season – today at 7:30pm – versus the Oregon Ducks. For previews and a scouting report on the Ducks, head over to our friends at California Golden Blogs:
Oregon is favored by at least 35 points, so it would be a minor miracle if Cal were to pull off the upset. Both teams had byes last week, and the Cal coaches put in considerable work in shoring up the defense. The Bears will look to compete hard and go toe-to-toe with Marcus Mariota and the Ducks’ explosive offense. We’ll see if Jared Goff & Co. can keep pace and have a chance to win in the 4th quarter.