Washington (4-1) at California (4-1) (ET)

FACTS & STATS: Site: Memorial Stadium (63,000) — Berkeley, California.
Television: Pac-12 Network. Home Record: UW 3-1, Cal 2-0. Away Record: UW 1-0,
Cal 2-1. Neutral Record: UW 0-0, Cal 0-0. Conference Record: UW 0-1, Cal 2-1.
Series Record: Washington leads, 52-38-4.

GAME NOTES: The California Golden Bears will see if they have anything left in
the tank, following a marathon against Washington State, when they host the
Washington Huskies in Pac-12 Conference action this Saturday at Memorial
Stadium.

For California, the last three games have been tiring to say the least.
Following a last-second loss to Arizona (49-45) and a 59-56 win in double-
overtime over Colorado, the Golden Bears were locked in a shootout with
Washington State last weekend. In a game that featured 1,401 combined yards of
total offense, the Golden Bears squeezed out a 60-59 victory thanks to a
missed field goal by Cougars’ kicker Quentin Breshears in the final seconds.
They are now 4-1 overall and 2-1 in league play, a record good enough to lead
the always competitive Pac-12 North.

Washington had a much-less exciting weekend, enjoying some rest with an empty
slot in the schedule. The extra week off gave the Huskies time to come to
terms with a disappointing 20-13 loss to Stanford the previous week. The
Huskies are also 4-1 overall, but the loss to the Cardinal came in their
Pac-12 opener.

When these teams met last season it was an ugly affair, with Washington
claiming a 41-17 victory. It was the fifth straight win in the series for the
Huskies, who are 52-38-4 against California.

Last time on the field, Washington’s normally high-scoring offense was slowed
by Stanford’s stout defense. The Huskies had only 15 first downs and 179 total
yards. On average, they are posting 35.6 points and 370.2 yards per game.

Cyler Miles has taken over at quarterback for the Huskies following the
departure of former standout Keith Price. It was an admittedly tough act to
follow but Miles has been pretty disappointing as a passer. Although he is
completing 63 percent of his pass attempts, he has only 623 yards and six
touchdowns. The good news is he has yet to be intercepted.

Jaydon Mickens (23 receptions, 232 yards, two TDs) is far and away the most
consistent receiver on the roster, and he is only averaging 46.4 yards per
game. DiAndre Campbell (12 receptions, 139 yards) is the only other player
with more than 10 receptions.

The Huskies have been better on the ground than through the air, with 1,038
rushing yards as a team and 813 yards passing. Lavon Coleman leads the rushing
attack with 344 yards and a touchdown on 79 carries. Dwayne Washington (194
yards, three TDs) is a nice alternative and Miles (115 yards, three TDs) can
pick up yards with his legs as well.

In terms of defensive success, the Huskies are right near the middle of the
pack in the conference. They rank sixth in points allowed (24.2 ppg) and fifth
in total defense (397 ypg). The key has been the pass rush, which, led by
Danny Shelton (46 tackles, 10.0 TFL, 7.0 sacks) and Hau’oli Kikaha (8.5 TFL,
7.0 sacks), has accumulated the second-most sacks in the Pac-12 (20).

Washington has a tough task waiting here as California’s high-octane offense
is primed to put up some big numbers. Even before the Washington State game
the Golden Bears were one of the top offenses in the league. They are now
fourth in the conference in total yards (548 pg) while leading the league in
scoring (50 ppg). Baylor is the only team in the country scoring more points
per game than the Golden Bears.

Jared Goff had himself quite an evening against Washington State, as he threw
for 527 yards and five touchdowns on 37-of-53 passing. It was just another
outstanding performance for Goff, who threw seven touchdown passes the
previous week against Colorado. In all, he has amassed 1,875 yards and 22
touchdowns on 64.6 percent passing, while taking only eight sacks and tossing
three interceptions.

Bryce Treggs had a breakout game against the Cougars as well, finishing with a
season-high 120 yards on 10 catches. It was his second 100-yard game of the
season. Trevor Davis (15 receptions, 302 yards, three TDs), Kenny Lawler (19
receptions, 243 yards, five TDs) and Chris Harper (17 receptions, 276 yards,
three TDs) really make for an embarrassment of riches in the receiving corps.

The Golden Bears can also run the ball fairly effectively. Daniel Lasco (408
yards, three TDs) is averaging 6.2 yards per carry, and Khalfani Muhammad (170
yards, four TDs) is effective in the red zone.

Of course, for how great the offense was against Washington State, and has
been this season, Cal is still extremely weak on defense. The Golden Bears
were hammered for 812 yards against the Cougars, and are now ranked dead last
in the league in total defense (545 ypg).

California may be leading the Pac-12 North, but it has been walking a very
thin line, with every game a gut-wrenching spectacle of offensive power and
defensive deficiency. The Huskies may be able to slow the Golden Bears down a
bit, but Goff and company will still find a way to earn the victory.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: California 31, Washington 28