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247Sports 12 October, 2021 - 10:49am

ROUNDTABLE: No. 9 Oregon vs. Cal Score Predictions

CalBearsMaven 12 October, 2021 - 04:15pm

On paper, Cal doesn't appear to be anything too special. But if we've learned something this season, it's that what you see on paper doesn't mean anything. Not many gave Oregon a shot against Ohio State and they pulled off an upset. 

Practically no one had Arizona within swinging distance of Oregon, but the Wildcats hung in there all the way until the fourth quarter. That's why we have to play the games.

The Oregon offense will probably go through some growing pains as they work to replace CJ Verdell. How rough those growing pains are will hinge on how effectively Anthony Brown can push the ball and get the ball to his playmakers. I wouldn't be shocked if this game is close at the half. 

Defensively the Ducks are getting healthier and should be able to match up quite well against Cal. We should see a stronger pass rush in the second half with Bradyn Swinson and Kayvon Thibodeaux both being available at the same time for just the second game this season. 

Oregon lets Cal hang around but ultimately puts them away later in the second half. 

Justin Wilcox defenses have given the Ducks fits in recent years, but Cal’s not good with a 1-4 record. That number is slightly misleading though with two close defeats to TCU and Washington.

I’d be shocked if the Ducks lose, especially at home, but expect Oregon to play down to its opponent again.

Oregon badly needed this bye week to get healthy and to let the loss to Stanford sink in. There was so much to unpack in that game that the Ducks should've had plenty to focus on every day in practice.

This Cal team runs very similarly to how Cal teams in the past have been run — being aggressive on defense, defending the run game, and running the football on offense. It's a very old-school style of football, and it hasn't worked out too well for for them in 2021 as they have lost four of their first five games.

Cal gives up the second-most passing yards in the Pac-12 (15th worst in country), and the Ducks absolutely cannot afford another lackluster performance in the passing game against a below-average secondary. Especially if Cal defends the run well.

Prediction: Oregon 28 Cal 17 

The Ducks are coming off a bye week after a tough loss and desperately need a convincing win, which they haven’t really had yet outside of the Ohio State upset. This bye week allowed the Ducks to get some players back like Bradyn Swinson, who the Ducks will need immediately since Kayvon Thibodeaux's targeting call against Stanford will sideline him for the first half. 

Oregon’s offense will have to figure out the new mix of running backs without Verdell. That said, I think that once again Oregon will struggle in the first half and keep the game closer than it should be. Despite a slow start, I expect the Ducks to have another dominant second half that allows them to pull away in the third quarter.

Oregon has had a lot to overcome the last few weeks, from the fallout of their first loss of the season to Stanford, to the injuries they are dealing with, to the availability of Offensive Coordinator Joe Moorhead. This is a lot of adversity for a team to go through and that a lot of times can either bring a team together or pull them apart. We will begin to learn this week which one of those has happened in Eugene.

Cal has not been good this year, but they’ve had some close losses. Coming off a bye week, they could have some tricks up their sleeve and Oregon better be ready. I believe the Oregon offense could struggle without CJ Verdell in the backfield, so this game could be a sloppy, lower-scoring affair. I think Oregon wins, but it's not pretty.

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No. 9 Oregon vs. California: How to Watch, Get Live Updates

CalBearsMaven 12 October, 2021 - 10:49am

Oregon could use a convincing win over the lowly Cal, who has lost each of its first two games in Pac-12 play. The Ducks have not played particularly well against the Golden Bears in their previous two meetings, with the Bears knocking off the Ducks 21-17 last season in Berkeley and the Ducks barely squeaking by at Autzen Stadium 17-7, overcoming three turnovers.

Here's how you can follow along with the action.

Where: Autzen Stadium (Eugene, Oregon)

When: Friday, October 15 at approx. 7:35 p.m. PST

TV: ESPN

Announcers: Beth Mowins (Play-by-play), Kirk Morrison (Analyst), Dawn Davenport (Sideline)

Stream: FUBO TV, Pac-12 Live

Listen: Oregon Sports Network from Learfield IMG College; local radio: KUJZ-FM 95.3 (Eugene), KFXX-AM 1080 (Portland), Sirius: 133 | XM: 197

Live Updates: Ducks Digest Live Updates story for up-to-date game coverage, follow Dylan Reubenking and Ally Osborne on Twitter

Follow Dylan on Twitter: @drksportsnews

Like and follow Ducks Digest on Facebook: @DucksDigest

No. 9 Oregon vs. California: How to Watch, Get Live Updates

Sports Chat Place 12 October, 2021 - 10:49am

Oregon could use a convincing win over the lowly Cal, who has lost each of its first two games in Pac-12 play. The Ducks have not played particularly well against the Golden Bears in their previous two meetings, with the Bears knocking off the Ducks 21-17 last season in Berkeley and the Ducks barely squeaking by at Autzen Stadium 17-7, overcoming three turnovers.

Here's how you can follow along with the action.

Where: Autzen Stadium (Eugene, Oregon)

When: Friday, October 15 at approx. 7:35 p.m. PST

TV: ESPN

Announcers: Beth Mowins (Play-by-play), Kirk Morrison (Analyst), Dawn Davenport (Sideline)

Stream: FUBO TV, Pac-12 Live

Listen: Oregon Sports Network from Learfield IMG College; local radio: KUJZ-FM 95.3 (Eugene), KFXX-AM 1080 (Portland), Sirius: 133 | XM: 197

Live Updates: Ducks Digest Live Updates story for up-to-date game coverage, follow Dylan Reubenking and Ally Osborne on Twitter

Follow Dylan on Twitter: @drksportsnews

Like and follow Ducks Digest on Facebook: @DucksDigest

Oregon Ducks release depth chart ahead of Cal

FanSided 12 October, 2021 - 05:49am

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The No. 9 Oregon Ducks (4-1, 1-1) are coming off their first conference loss of the season, falling to Stanford in overtime, 31-24. The Organizational Chart from the desk of head coach Mario Cristobal was released after the coach met with the media for his game week press conference.

Oregon's depth chart against Cal is out. Kayvon Thibodeaux listed but he will be out for the first half due to a targeting penalty late against Stanford. pic.twitter.com/2AYz9sbHjo

Senior Anthony Brown Jr. has taken a majority of the snaps at quarterback for the Ducks this season. Brown's play has been up and down to start, and Oregon heads into this week's matchup against Cal looking for a spark from No. 13.

2. Ty Thompson (FR.)*

OR Jay Butterfield (FR.)

OR Robby Ashford (FR.)

Running back CJ Verdell sustained a lower leg injury against Stanford and will be out for the season. Travis Dye will shoulder most of the workload and the trio of freshman running backs will get a chance to play.

1. Travis Dye (JR.)

Spencer Webb has played the No. 1 tight end for all of spring and fall camp. DJ Johnson did not participate for the first two weeks of fall camp but made his appearance later in the camp, and has now been seen playing both sides of the ball. Cam McCormick is out for the year after suffering a "significant leg injury."

Freshmen Moliki Matavao and Terrance Ferguson have opened eyes at their first college football camp and should expect plenty of playing time.

TE (F) 1. Terrance Ferguson (FR.)

OR Spencer Webb (SO.)

1. Moliki Matavao (FR.)

OR DJ Johnson (JR.)

The Duck's wide receiving room will look to improve upon their performance in the conference opener against Arizona. Oregon's true freshman pair of Dont'e Thornton and Troy Franklin will play handily, while the returning seniors of Johnny Johnson and Jaylon Redd will get to remind everyone why they're still here.

1. Kris Hutson (FR)

Johnny Johnson III (SR.)

1. Mycah Pittman (SO.)

OR

"X" wide receiver position:

1. Johnny Johnson III (SR.)

Troy Franklin (FR.)

1. George Moore (SR.)

2. Dawson Jaramillo

Kingsley Suamataia (FR.)

1. T.J. Bass (JR.)

2. Faaope Laloulu (FR.)

1. Alex Forsyth (JR.)

2. Jackson Powers-Johnson (FR.)

1. Ryan Walk (JR.)

1. Steven Jones (SOPH.)

2. Jaylan Jeffers (FR.)

1. Kayvon Thibodeaux (SOPH.)

2. Bradyn Swinson (FR.)

1. Popo Aumavae (JR.)

1. Keyon Ware-Hudson (RFR)

2. Kristian Williams (RFR)

3. Keanu Williams (FR)

1. Brandon Dorlus (SOPH.)

Oregon's Dru Mathis suffered a leg injury during week one's contest, and he was not listed on the organizational depth chart.

Justin Flowe is expected to be out indefinitely after suffering a right foot injury.

1. Keith Brown (FR)

3. Jeffrey Bassa (FR)

1. Noah Sewell (FR.)

3. Micah Roth (JR)

1. Mase Funa (SOPH.)

2. DJ Johnson (JR.)

OR Adrian Jackson (SOPH.) / Jake Shipley (FR.)

Oregon's defensive back group is broken into five for the 2021 depth chart. The Ducks now list a STAR, FCB (Field cornerback), free safety, Boundary safety, and boundary cornerback.

Oregon adds two names to the depth chart after Jamal Hill and DJ James were reinstated to the team after their suspension from the team. DJ James got the start in week three against Stony Brook and remains the starter.

Bennett Williams sustained an injury last week during Oregon's walk-through practice and will be out for the year. Jamal Hill will step into his place.

1. Mykael Wright (SOPH.)

1. Verone McKinley III (SOPH.)*

1. Steve Stephens (SOPH.)

2. Daymon David (FR.)

1. DJ James (SO)

2. Dontae Manning (FR)

3. Jaylin Davies (FR)

1. Camden Lewis

1. Camden Lewis

1. Mykael Wright

2. Kris Hutson

1. Mycah Pittman

OR Seven McGee

1. Karsten Battles

2. Peyton Yanagi

OR Luke Basso

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