Pac-10 Game of the Week: Oregon at California
Oregon (9-0) at Cal (5-4)
Kickoff - 4:30 p.m. PT
TV - Versus
Players to watch
• DE #45 Terrell Turner, Jr. - This quick and explosive pass rusher is a disruptive force for the Ducks front seven.
• DE #58 Kenny Rowe, Sr. - The versatile Rowe shows very good athleticism as both pass rusher and cover linebacker.
• DT #99 Zac Clark, Sr. - The underrated senior shows very good quickness and ability to penetrate through gaps on a consistent basis.
• LB #55 Casey Matthews, Sr. - Shows outstanding speed and movement skill. Intense player who plays hard every snap.
• OL #54 Chris Guarnero, Sr. - A top-notch effort is crucial for this strong pivot player, who will have his hands full vs. the Ducks' active DT Zac Clark.
• WR #1 Marvin Jones, Jr. - The sure-handed wide out is leading the Bears with 42 catches and 3 TDs to date. Has been a reliable weapon all season.
• DL #97 Cameron Jordan, Sr. - Has all the tools to be a solid NFL starter in the near future. Expect a stellar performance out of the high motor senior.
• LB #18 Mike Mohamed, Sr. - Second on the team with 53 tackles on the year. His stellar instincts will be needed to slow down the Ducks' inside run game.
Everyone knows how dominant the Oregon offense can be, but it is their defense and its depth that make this team the best in the country. They play hard and fast on every snap while rotating several players in and out of the lineup. The overall team depth is very impressive. Cal's offense, led by back-up QB Brock Mansion, will have to strike early with a nice balance of runs and passes. The Ducks have the most explosive offense in the country right now, and the Golden Bears defense will have to come up with several different looks in order to force some turnovers as the Ducks can score in bunches at any point in the game. Cal has been very impressive at home all season and they will need every ounce of fan energy to continue that trend.
Dave Razzano is a former NFL scout with more than 22 years of professional scouting experience with the San Francisco 49ers, St. Louis Rams and Arizona Cardinals under NFL coaches including Bill Walsh, George Seifert, Chuck Knox and Dick Vermeil. He's been a part of five Super Bowls with three Super Bowl wins (49ers, 1989, 1990; Rams, 2000).