Cal Football: Complete Preview Box for Bears' Game Against Colorado
CAL (6-4, 3-4 Pac-12) vs. COLORADO (5-6, 2-6 Pac-12)
SITE: Memorial Stadium, Berkeley, Calif.
WHEN: Saturday, 4 p.m.
TV: Pac-12 Networks – Roxy Bernstein (Play-By-Play), Ryan Leaf (Analyst), Cindy Brunson (Sideline)
RADIO: KGO 810 AM - Joe Starkey (Play-By-Play), Mike Pawlawski (Analyst), Todd McKim (Sideline Reporter)
BETTING LINE: Cal by 12 1/2; Over/Under – 43
WEATHER FORECAST: Rain is expected Friday, but there is just a 10 percent chance of rain Saturday. It will be partly cloudy Saturday with an afternoon high of 60 degrees, dropping to 48 degrees at night, with 84 percent humidity.
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CAL-COLORADO HISTORY: Saturday’s game will be just the 10th meeting between Cal and Colorado, and the Bears lead the alltime series 5-4 . . . Last season, Colorado running back Phillip Lindsay rushed for 161 yards and quarterback Steven Montez completed 20 of 26 passes for three TDs and no interceptions in the Buffaloes’ 44-28 victory over Cal in Boulder, Colo. The last time the teams met in Berkeley was 2014, when Cal pulled out a 59-56 victory in two overtimes.
CAL STORYLINES: The Bears are coming off a “bye” after having last Saturday’s game against Stanford postponed until Dec. 1 . . . The Bears have won three of their past four games, and their defense has not given up more than 19 points in any of them . . . Cal’s offense has averaged 11.3 points over the past three games, but the Bears won two of them and nearly won the third, losing to No. 8 Washington State 19-13 . . . Cal is coming off a 16-14 victory over USC that ended the Trojans’ 14-game winning streak against the Bears. . . . The Bears are bowl-eligible for the first time since 2015 . . . Cal has been without wide receiver Kanawai Noa the past two games with an undisclosed injury and his status is uncertain for Saturday. It is possible that wide receivers Noa, Vic Wharton III and Jordan Duncan will all play Saturday, although all are questionable. . . . Cal leads the Pac-12 in passing defense.
COLORADO STORYLINES: The Buffaloes, who started 5-0, have lost six straight, and their coach, Mike MacIntyre, was fired Sunday . . . Quarterbacks coach Kurt Roper was named the interim head coach for the game against Cal . . . Colorado quarterback Steven Montez left last Saturday’s 30-7 loss to Utah with an ankle injury and was listed as day-to-day earlier this week, but he is expected to play against Cal . . . Colorado could still land a bowl berth, but it would have to beat Cal to do it . . . Colorado could have a 1,000-yard receiver and a 1,000-yard rusher in the same season for the first time in school history. Running back Travon McMillian needs 49 rushing yards to reach 1,000, and wide receiver Laviska Shenault Jr. needs 54 receiving yards to get to 1,000.
CAL PLAYERS TO WATCH: RB Patrick Laird (771 rushing yards, 269 receiving yards); QB Chase Garbers (Bears are 5-2 with Garbers starting**); LB Jordan Kunaszyk** (second nationally in solo tackles); LB Evan Weaver (two interceptions, two sacks last three games); CB Cam Bynum (Bears best cover man will have his hands full with Laviska Shenault Jr.).
COLORADO PLAYERS TO WATCH:WR Laviska Shenault Jr. (leads the Pac-12 in receptions with 79 and in receiving yards per game at 118.3); QB Steven Montez (expected to play despite ankle injury); RB Travon McMillian (seventh in the Pac-12 in rushing with 951 yards); LB Nate Landman (14 tackles vs. Utah, third in Pac-12 in tackles for loss with 14.5); DL Mustafa Johnson (14 tackles for loss, 6.5 sacks)
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JAKE'S PICK: Cal 24, Colorado 10
JEFF'S PICK: Cal 24, Colorado 13
BRIAN HOWELL’S PICK (Boulder Daily Camera reporter): Colorado 23, Cal 21
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