Time: 10:30 PM ET
TV: Pac-12 Network
Spread: ORE -4
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Cal is 4-4 on the year with a 2-4 record in the Pac-12 and will find itself 4-point underdogs to host team Oregon State. The Beavers are 4-3 but have won just one of its four Pac-12 contests.
Cal has lost its last three contests, to Washington, UCLA and No. 6 Oregon. The Bears kept the yardage close with 560 to Oregon’s 590, but Cal controlled the clock. Oregon threw a TD pass while the Ducks were up 10, and Oregon would eventually take a 52-35 lead early in the fourth quarter, before striking once more to rack up 59 points against a poor Cal defensive team. The Bears surrender 41 points per game, though in fairness the offense is good enough to keep up, averaging 41.5 per game.
Cal gets it done in the air, flat out. Sophomore QB Jared Goff is having an outstanding season following a good freshman year. In his first NCAA season, he threw for over 3,500 yards with a 60 percent completion ratio, with 28 TDs to 10 INTs. This season, it’s been even more impressive, 26 TDs to only 4 INTs. His QB rating of 161.7 is fairly telling, and he’s been 61 percent or higher on his completion ratio in all but the win over Colorado on Sept. 27
Oregon State has lost two straight to then- No. 20 Utah and Stanford last week. The Utah game went into double OT, but last week’s game wasn’t close, losing to the Cardinal by 24 points.
Sean Mannion has been decent at QB, with a 61 percent completion ratio, but he only gets 6.82 yards per reception and has thrown nearly as many INTs (5) as TDs (7). The Beavers do have two solid options in the backfield in Terron Ward and Storm Woods, who have combined for over 900 yards and have nine of the Beavers’ 12 rushing TDs between them. WR Victor Bolden also carries the ball, and he’s amassed 109 rushing yards to go with his 323 receiving yards on 30 catches.