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SD Predictions: Oregon vs Cal

October 4, 2019

Saturday afternoon the Ducks will host Cal at Autzen stadium. It’s going to be a big conference contest between a pair of Pac-12 North teams.

Oregon is looking to win its fourth straight and move to 4-1 on the season. Cal is hoping to rebound from a tough loss to ASU last week.

Here is our predictions on how this one plays out this Saturday.

James Duty

How does Oregon beat Cal? With a similar game plan as Stanford.

You attempt to establish the run early and control the clock. You get the defense to load the box and then use Johnny Johnson III, Jaylon Redd and the other receivers to open things up. Using Jacob Breeland down the seam or across the middle of the field will continue to be a staple of this offense, as the tight end's chemistry with Herbert has never been stronger.

The offensive line will need to give Herbert time to scan the field. Oregon can make plays against this Bears' defense if it controls the line of scrimmage. This is the true test: Can they move the ball against a good defense

Oregon’s defense should attack Cal from the jump. Put pressure on the new QB and try and force mistakes early. Stop the Bears' suspect passing attack and you can keep the Cal offense one-dimensional.

The match-up for the Oregon secondary is very favorable; Thomas Graham, Deommodore Lenoir, and Javon Holland need to just keep making plays on the football. My only question: Can the Duck defense keep a fourth straight team out of the end zone?

I think this is a really good chance for Oregon to show what its made of. Cal is a very strong defense, but it is lacking on offense.

I believe this Oregon team has the veteran leadership it takes to win this game. I think the game will be close early, but it won’t end up that way.

Ducks 31, Bears 10


Chris McCulley

Oregon takes on Cal this week at home. The once-ranked Bears already were in trending downward, and that was before the injury to QB Chase Garbers, who left the ASU game after hurting his throwing arm.

Cal averages 23.0 points per contest. Against Oregon's stingy defense, with the Ducks coming off a bye week and the UO students back, the Bears will struggle to score.

Cal defense is ranked 85th in the country. And while I love watching stud LB Evan Weaver (43 solo tackles, 34 assisted tackles, 77 total) do his thing, he will not be enough to slow down the Oregon offense.

Weaver could have 20-plus tackles, but Justin Herbert will throw for more than 300 yards and 3 TD this weekend as the Ducks roll.

Oregon 44, Cal 13

Jonathan Charles

California started the season with some good wins, led by a solid defense. However, the Bears' defense isn't spectacular, and it doesn't help that the offense is struggling. Cal might not have its first-string quarterback, Chase Garbers, for the Oregon game. If Garbers is unable to play due to a shoulder injury, it will be a long night for the Bears. Even if Garbers does play, Oregon should still get the win.

Oregon 42, Cal 14

Max Torres

The Ducks' are well-rested and healthier than they have been all year. That's a big plus. Brenden Schooler and Mycah Pittman are back, which should give the offense a boost. The young receivers are going to get some reps against a strong secondary. I expect the Oregon defense to handle the Cal offense, which is led by a new quarterback. Justin Herbert is settled in and looks like he's on a mission. I'm a little concerned with how the running game has been performing, but getting Hanson back should help. Oregon should win convincingly.

Ducks 42, Bears 20


The run game will get back on track because of health on the offensive line and at receiver. This will be a big reason Oregon is able to put more points on the board than two weeks ago at Stanford.

Oregon will play it’s most complete game of the season on both sides of the ball.

Oregon 51, Cal 17

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