As if the first three games haven’t been enough of a warm-up for our fearless Ducks, this weekend our Ducks take on Cal at Autzen for what should be another lopsided win. Oregon has already outscored its three opponents by a total of 184-27, and it looks as though this weekend’s match-up will lead to that disparity growing larger. I still, however, would like to take the time to examine our opponent a bit more thoroughly, as we still have to beat them on the field; not just on paper.
Cal features its first true freshman QB ever in Jared Goff. In his first collegiate start (which came against #17 Northwestern), Goff threw for 485 yards, but a forgettable fourth quarter led to a loss for the young Golden Bear squad. He has shown tremendous ability for such a young pass thrower. I am sure Sonny Dykes’ Bear-Raid offense is slightly inflating the numbers, but you can’t be anything but impressed with what this young man is doing with just so-so talent around him. He even leads the country (not just the Pac-12) in total offense!
Cal’s offense might be able to keep up and score its fair share of points against what many think is Oregon’s best and deepest defense in years, but their god-awful defense that has allowed totals of 44, 30, and 54 points, will be lucky to force more than two punts the entire game. It is a defense that is the second youngest in the country.
On top of their inexperience, the defense has been without five starters for two of its three games and shows even more injuries up and down the depth chart. So, it isn’t all their fault. However, it is yet another defense that the Oregon Blur offense is likely to strike with supreme force. Coming off a more than disappointing performance against Ohio State, the Cal defense will look to rebound, but will ultimately fail. The Ducks will once again prevail, and the country will continue to look towards that November 7th game against Stanford.