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.
The media is picking Oregon to win the Pac-12 football title, edging Stanford and UCLA in the preseason media poll announced Friday at the conference’s media day.
Chiney Ogwumike scored 27 points, grabbed a school record 24 rebounds and set a Stanford career mark with her 52nd double-double Sunday, leading No. 4 Stanford to a 74-50 victory over Oregon.
Johnathan Loyd had season highs of 15 points and nine assists to lead No. 23 Oregon to a 77-66 victory over Stanford on Saturday night.
The No. 23 Ducks try to avoid an 11th consecutive defeat to the visiting Golden Bears, who are hoping to move past an altercation between coach Mike Montgomery and star guard Allen Crabbe.
Justin Cobbs made an 18-foot jumper with 1:35 remaining then added a pair of free throws and California hung on to beat No. 10 Oregon 58-54 on Saturday, handing the Ducks their second straight loss to an unranked team this week.