Cal has held 14 consecutive opponents under 25 points, the longest active streak in the country, but the Bears will be hard pressed to extend that streak on Saturday night against No. 12 Utah.
The Utes (6-1, 3-1 Pac-12) are averaging 32.9 points per game, and they have scored at least 21 points in every game this season. They scored 52 points two weeks ago against Oregon State, which held Cal to 17 points in last week's 21-17 victory over the Bears.
Utah has the Pac-12's leader in passer rating (quarterback Tyler Huntley) as well as the conference top rusher (Zack Moss, 102.2 yards per game). Huntley is likely to start against Cal, although he was injured in last week's win over Arizona State and there has been no declaration from coach Kyle Whittingham that he will play in Saturday's game.
If Huntley cannot play, either Drew Lisk or Jason Shelley woul be Utah's quarterback. Shelley is likely to get some playing time even if Huntley plays.
No Utah receiver has outstanding numbers, but six of them have at least 10 catches.
Cal defensive end/nose tackle Luc Bequette says in the video that the Utes remind him a little of Washington in terms of their offensive approach. Both teams like to run the ball and depend on strong blocking from their offensive line.
Bequette has been one of the Bears' most important defensive players. Not only can he play two positions effectively, but he is fourth on the team in tackles and tied for second in sacks at 2.5.
Of course, the defensive leader for Cal is inside linebacker Evan Weaver, who leads the nation in tackles. I am looking forward to the first head-on collision between Weaver and Utah's powerful, 222-pound Moss.
The other key member of Cal's front seven is outside linebacker Cam Goode, who has 8.5 tackles for loss this season.