College Football Week 12: Cal At #14 Oregon State
- CoachingAfter 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?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.
- OffenseThe 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).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.
- DefenseSee the note above about those five straight touchdowns. That was against Oregon, though, and the Beavers won’t pose nearly the same challenge.The Beavers forced four turnovers last week. This unit is very reliable and should be able to contain Cal.
- Special TeamsCal’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.The Beavers have been poor on returns but decent limiting their opponents’ returns.
Oregon State won’t win the North Division but it still has plenty to play for. Expect the Beavers to get the victory at home. -Andrew Kahn, College Football Contributor