Washington (1-2, 0-0) vs. California (1-2, 0-0)
Saturday, September 25th @ 6:30 p.m. PT
Husky Stadium (Seattle, Washington)
Line: Washington -7.5
TV: Pac-12 Networks
Radio: Seattle Sports Radio 950 KJR
During their last game, the Huskies’ offense came alive for the first time this season and the defense was fantastic. It resulted in a dominating 52-3 blowout win against the Arkansas State Red Wolves at Husky Stadium.
This week, the Huskies are facing an opponent who has recently won the last two contests against the Huskies. So far this season, California is 1-2 on the season, after a 42-30 home victory versus Sacramento State last weekend.
Defensively, the Bears will have to execute the Justin Wilcox game plan to perfection and try to disrupt the rhythm of the Husky offense.
Offensively, the Huskies will look to continue their momentum from their success last week and put points up on the board.
Something has to give, in this contest between the Huskies hopeful offense and the scrappy Bears defense trying to find their way…
KEY PLAYERS: WASHINGTON
QB – Dylan Morris
ILB – Edefuan Ulofoshio
TE – Cade Otton
KEY PLAYERS: CALIFORNIA
QB – Chase Garbers
TE – Jake Tonges
DB – Elijah Hicks
ESPN MATCHUP PREDICTOR
– Washington enters the week leading the Pac-12 in scoring defense, pass efficiency defense, first down defense and third-down efficiency defense
– Dylan Morris leads the Pac-12 in completions per game, passing yards and passing yards per game
– The Huskies hold a 54-41-4 record in the 99-game, all-time series against Cal, which began in 1904. Washington has won nine of the last 13 after Cal had won five in a row (2002-2006).
– The Bears have won the last two games in the series by a combined three points – 12-10 on Oct. 27, 2018, in Berkeley and 20-19 on Sept. 7, 2019, in Seattle.
– The last time Cal won three in a row against Washington was from 2002-06, when the Bears posted a five-game winning streak.
– Cal has also won two of the past three contests between the schools in Seattle, picking up a 30-24 victory in 2015.
Jeff Wright (2-1)
It was a great bounce-back victory for the Dawgs last week. The most important aspect was the offense coming alive and finding some much-needed rhythm. The start of conference play is officially here and thus the true tests begin. Cal head coach and former Washington defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox is a defensive mind and will have a sound game plan for the Huskies. It will be imperative for the Huskies to come out and set the tone early. It should be a back and forth slugfest throughout the game, but in the end, I think the Dawgs do just enough to distance themselves down the stretch!
Washington 27 – California 21
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