WSU (3-5) vs Cal (4-4)
Both of these 2 Pac 12 teams are reeling, as Cal has lost 4 of their last 4 games and WSU has lost their last 4 games. This game is big for both teams, as each tried to get to 6 wins so they can play in a bowl.
Last season in Pullman the Golden Bears beat the Cougars 20-13.
WSU is a pretty one-dimensional team, as all they really have a is a good passing offense while Cal can move the chains in the air and on the ground and have a decent defense. The loser of this game will be in the basement of the Pac 12 North Division.
For WSU to pull off the upset in San Fran this Saturday QB Marshall Lobbestael and the WR duo of Marquess Wilson and Jared Karstetter will have to play well. Lobbestael passed for 377 yards and 1 TD in last week’s loss to Oregon, but he was picked off twice.
One of the big things going against the Cougars is that Cal has a solid pass defense ranked 32nd in the nation while their run defense ranks 51st. Don’t look for Washington State to run for a lot of yards in this game, as their rushing offense only ranks 95th in the nation.
Can Washington State keep California from lighting up the scoreboard?
The Cougars have given up over 40 ppg in this last 3 games and the Golden Bears have a good passing offense led by Zach Maynard and a legit WR corps. That is not good since WSU ranks 100th in the nation in pass defense.
Yeah, the Golden Bears can also run the ball as well with Isi Sofele, who has over 700 rushing yards on the season.
The Cougars have a mediocre, at best, run defense ranking 61st in the nation, but Sofele will have a good game at home this Saturday.
Washington State started off the season well and while they are on a 4-game losing streak they did play well in the first half of their 43-28 loss to Oregon last week only down 5 points.
The Golden Bears are at home and they are simply a better team.
Sorry, WSU no chance to double the win total from last season in the Bay Area this weekend, as Cal’s losing streak will end and WSU’s will continue.