A look at California’s golden bears

A look at California’s golden bears
A look at California’s golden bears

USCFootball.com offers a quick look at the California Golden Bears in a home game against the Trojans. Here are some quick notes:

California

Registration: 3-5 (1-4)

Last match: 42-24 loss to No. 8 Oregon

Series: 36-0-8 USC

Last meeting: 24-14 California (2021, Berkley (California)

2021 Registration: 5-7

– Most USC fans have likely blocked out the season finale for both programs in 2021, a delayed COVID game where the Trojans were barely at full strength for a full team. Lincoln Riley’s hiring was already official when this game was played, which made for a surreal week before the game. Fast forward to now and Cal limps in on a four-game losing streak. Cal won its Pac-12 opener, scoring a season-high 49 points over Arizona. But he has since dropped games in Washington State, Colorado, Washington and Oregon.

– Cal’s win in 2021 gave the Golden Bears wins in two of its last three games against the Trojans, its best streak against USC since 1998-2000. USC held a 14-game winning streak before losing in 2018.

– The Golden Bears continue to be one of the worst offensive teams in the Pac-12. They are No. 11 in scoring offense (23.4 ppg), No. 10 in rushing offense (113.4 yards per game) and No. 8 in passing offense (261.1 yards per game). Cal has scored 23 touchdowns this season, No. 10 in the Pac-12. The Trojans scored 43 in comparison.

– Cal has an intriguing quarterback situation. Veteran Jack Plummer has been the starter all season with 1,968 passing yards, 13 passing scores and five interceptions, but redshirt rookie Kai Millner impressed in the foul weather of Cal’s recent loss in the Premier League. ‘Oregon. Millner went 8 of 11 for 114 yards and two touchdowns. Cal head coach Justin Wilcox said he has no intention of making a QB change.

–One of the highlights of Cal’s season is the play of true freshman running back Jadyn Ott, who is fourth in the Pac-12 with 675 yards. He ran for five scores this season and also caught 24 passes for 143 yards and a touchdown.

– J. Michael Sturdivant and Jeremiah Hunter are the best receiving options for the passing game. Sturdivant leads the team with 43 receptions and six touchdowns (513 receiving yards), while Hunter leads in yardage at 544.

– Cal struggled to protect the QB, allowing 25 sacks on the season, tied for No. 10 in the Pac-12. He also allowed 52 tackles for a loss.

– The offense struggles on third down, converting at 34.78%, No. 11 in the Pac-12.

– Defense remains the calling card, No. 6 in scoring defense (25.0 ppg) and No. 4 in running defense (124.1 ypg). But he struggled on pass defense, last in the Pac-12 with 292.3 yards per game allowed. But the Golden Bears have had 10 assists this season, tied for second in the conference. They are also one of seven teams with a Pick-6. Craig Woodson, Daniel Scott and Isaiah Young both have picks this year.

–Washington transfer and inside linebacker Jackson Sirmon is one of the most productive defensive players in the Pac-12, ranking third with 76 total tackles. He’s also second on the team with 4.5 tackles for a loss.

– Xavier Carlton is Cal’s sack leader with three.

– Punter Jamieson Sheahan leads the Pac-12 in clearance average at 45.49.

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