Cal Golden Bears
Ryan Anderson, a 6-foot-10, former Cal standout who can make 3-pointers in bunches, has had a promising start to his NBA career. As he enters his sixth season, he’s trying to summon the emotional strength to continue thriving on court,
Cal has kicked defensive end Chris McCain off the squad for conduct detrimental to the football team.
Marcus Mariota threw for 2 touchdowns and ran for another and No. 2 Oregon defeated California 55-16 on Saturday night in the rain-drenched Pac-12 opener for both teams.
The second-ranked Ducks begin what they hope is another successful Pac-12 season Saturday night looking for a fifth consecutive victory over visiting California, which is facing its second straight top-5 opponent.
New California coach Sonny Dykes and his re-tooled Golden Bears visit No. 2 Oregon with both teams coming off byes, giving them plenty of time to ponder what they might see Saturday night in the conference opener for both teams.
With both Cal quarterback Jared Goff and Ducks quarterback Marcus Mariota seeing success with the pass so far this season, it is expected that Saturday night’s game could stretch very late.
Cal likely faces the toughest opener against the No. 2 Ducks in Eugene. The Golden Bears had a tough non-conference schedule, wrapping loses to Northwestern and Ohio State around a win over Portland State.
The high-scoring Oregon Ducks are backed by a defense that has allowed only three touchdowns all season, leading to a trio of blowout victories.
Second-leading scorer Justin Cobbs suffered a right foot fracture in August, but it looks like he is on track to be ready for the season.
The Sonny Dykes Era has been as advertised in his first three games as California’s coach: the offense is piling up points, and the defense has been a dud.