The Oregon State Beavers (2-7, 0-6) will travel down the west coast as they take on the Cal Golden Bears (5-4, 2-4) in a Pac-12 North Division clash Saturday night. Oregon State has won six of the last eight meetings between the schools; Cal took a 45-31 win on the road as a 3.5 point underdog on November 1, 2014 in the most recent matchup.
Oregon State has lost six straight games after getting blanked 41-0 at home by #23 UCLA last Saturday. Cal has dropped four in a row after starting 5-0 as they were defeated 44-28 on the road by Oregon. The kickoff from Memorial Stadium in Berkeley, California is scheduled for 10:30 pm ET and will be televised on the Pac-12 Network. Cal is currently favored by 21.5 points in this contest with the over/under set at 60 points.
Oregon State was in the game for a quarter as it remained scoreless but a 24 point second quarter blew the game open and UCLA never looked back. The Beavers were outgained 674-246, allowed 33 first downs while recording 12 and allowed UCLA to dominate the clock as the Bruins held the ball for 37:03 in the contest. Oregon State committed four turnovers in the game; they never penetrated deeper than the UCLA 31 yard line but gave the ball up on downs. That came on their final drive of the game; they reached the UCLA 39 on a couple of other occasions but never threatened to put points on the board.
The Beavers have issues moving the ball through the air as they are 116th in the nation in passing offense (156.3 yards) while they are 65th in rushing offense (172 yards) per game on the year. Oregon State averages a meager 17.2 points per game, which leaves them tied for 115th in the nation in scoring offense while they are currently 94th in the nation in scoring defense by allowing opponents to pile up 31.8 points per contest. Two freshman quarterbacks have seen action for Oregon State: Seth Collins (81 of 156, 890 yards, 6 TD, 4 INT, team leading 536 rushing yards, 5 TD) has seen the majority of the action while Marcus McMaryion (6 of 17, 60 yards, INT) is next in line should a change be made. Nick Mitchell has completed 37 of 78 passes for 410 yards with one touchdown and four interceptions in his work. Storm Barrs-Woods is the feature back in the system for Oregon State as he has 89 carries for 460 yards and a score; Ryan Nall has contributed 47 carries for 252 yards and two scores on the year. Victor Bolden leads the Beavers with 36 receptions for 326 yards and two scores while Jordan Villamin has added 31 receptions for 486 yards and four touchdowns. Datrin Guyton (14 grabs, 178 yards), Hunter Jarmon (14 catches, 157 yards, TD) and Barrs-Woods (11 catches out of the backfield) are the other players that have caught double digit passes this season. Garrett Owens has kicked all 15 extra points and 10 of 13 field goal attempts this season with a long of 50 yards.
Cal has gone in the toilet after starting 5-0 as their defense has failed them on a regular basis; the loss to Oregon was no exception. The Golden Bears were outgained 777-432 and allowed 36 first downs while recording 22 of their own. Cal allowed Oregon to control the clock as the Ducks held the ball for 37:16 to Cal’s 22:44 in the contest. The Golden Bears did manage to win the takeaway/giveaway battle as they forced two Oregon turnovers while committing only one. That was about the only stat the Golden Bears won on the night however; after leading 10-0, Cal gave up the next 31 points and that was all she wrote.
The Golden Bears are one of the nation’s best passing offenses as they are 12th in the nation with an average of 336.4 yards per game; they are 94th in the nation in rushing offense with 147.2 yards per contest. Cal is tied for 35th in the nation in scoring offense with an average of 34.9 points per game and they are tied for 80th in the nation in scoring defense by allowing 28.7 points per game. Jared Goff has hit on 223 of 350 passes for 2,866 yards with 24 touchdown passes and 12 interceptions. Chase Forrest is the backup; he’s 10 of 18 for 162 yards with a touchdown and an interception. Khalfani Muhammad is the Golden Bears’ leading rusher with 66 carries for 462 yards and a score; Vic Enwere adds 77 carries for 378 yards and six touchdowns while Daniel Lasco (61 carries, 293 yards, 3 TD) and Tre Watson (37 carries, 145 yards, 2 TD) have been decent backs as well. Kenny Lawler is the team’s leading receiver with 44 receptions for 558 yards and nine scores; Stephen Anderson (34 receptions, 396 yards, 2 TD), Darius Powe (31 catches, 315 yards, 3 TD) and Bryce Treggs (26 grabs, 493 yards, 4 TD) are among seven players with at least 14 receptions on the season. Matt Anderson has booted 32 of 33 extra points and nine of 12 field goal attempts on the season with a long of 48 yards.
Cal is 4-1 ATS in their last five after allowing at least 40 points and 5-2 ATS in their last seven after allowing at least 280 yards through the air. Oregon State is 5-16 ATS in their last 21 overall, 1-4 ATS in their last five after a straight up loss, 3-13 ATS in their last 16 after a straight up loss of at least 20 points, 1-5 ATS in their last six in November, 1-5 ATS in their last six on the road and 1-7 ATS in their last eight conference games.
The Beavers have struggled as they are playing freshman quarterbacks and it’s shown in their inconsistency offensively. Cal needs a win in the worst way after their struggles in recent weeks as that 5-0 start seems like years ago. Facing a team that has played as poorly as Oregon State is as good a matchup as Cal could ask for here. Look for the Golden Bears to pummel the Beavers and snap their skid.