College Football Week 12: Cal At #14 Oregon State
|After starting 2-2 in the Pac-12, Cal is now 2-6 and just 3-8 overall. Would an upset on Saturday be enough to save Jeff Tedford’s job?||Coaching||Last week’s loss to Stanford—in which the Beavers had a two-possession lead late in the third quarter—essentially ended Oregon State’s Rose Bowl hopes. But it can use this game as a tune-up for the Civil War against Oregon next week.|
|The Bears actually kept up with Oregon into the third quarter last week, but five unanswered touchdowns put the game away. The offense has been hampered by a ton of turnovers (26).||Offense||Sean Mannion will start on Saturday, as the Beavers’ quarterback carousel continues. OSU will try to improve on its 86 yards rushing from last week.|
|See the note above about those five straight touchdowns. That was against Oregon, though, and the Beavers won’t pose nearly the same challenge.||Defense||The Beavers forced four turnovers last week. This unit is very reliable and should be able to contain Cal.|
|Cal’s special teams are middle-of-the-pack according to the Football Outsiders rankings. They will need to step it up to pull off the upset.||Special Teams||The Beavers have been poor on returns but decent limiting their opponents’ returns.|
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