No.4 Huskies travel to Berkeley to battle Bears in ESPN broadcast ( 7:30 p.m. PT )
The University of Washington Huskies will put its 11-game winning streak when it battles the California Golden Bears in a contest that is sure to have plenty of fireworks. When you line up the Pac -12’s top two offenses, it’s safe to say that points will be aplenty. Washington is the Conference’s top-ranked scoring offense averaging 46.1 pts a game with Cal right behind with 41.2 points a game. The Huskies offense is led by Jake Browning the no.2 ranked quarterback in passing efficiency and has passed for 28 touchdowns.
While Cal quarterback Davis Webb is sixth in the conference in passing efficiency his 29 touchdown passes is tops in the conference. Cal receiver Chad Hansen leads the conference with 59 receptions. Hansen has eight TD catches three behind conference leader John Ross of Washington who has 11 TD catches and 38 receptions.
The Cal defense ranks last among the 128 teams in Division 1 in rushing defense. The Bears have given up 2,293 rushing yards and 24 touchdowns. No doubt Washington will look to exploit the weakness with running back Myles Gaskins who leads the conference with 878 rushing yards. The UW defense leads the nation in fumbles recoveries (12), turnover margin (+1.63 per game) and pass efficiency (196.69). Cal will try to run short screen passes out of the backfield and short passes to the receivers to neutralize the Huskies strong pass rush and keep the ball out of the hands of the Huskies secondary which is ranked no. 1 in the country.
HEAD TO HEAD
The Huskies hold a 53-39-4 record in the all-time series, which began in 1904. Last year in Seattle, Cal built a 27-7 lead over the UW and then held the Huskies off for a 30-24 win, a late interception on the Huskies’ final drive sealing the victory. In 2014 in Berkeley, a 100-yard fumble return from Shaq Thompson and an 86-yard pass to
HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE
Cal has a five-game winning streak which includes wins over Texas and Utah. Both of whom were ranked before losing to the Bears. To add to the home field buzz, Cal is giving away 10,000 Marshawn Lynch bobblehead dolls.
Line: Washington by 17