What to know before kick-off at Berkeley


Recordings: Cal 3-4, 1-3 in the Pac-12; Oregon 6-1, 4-0 in Pac-12

To start up: 12:30 p.m. PT Saturday at Memorial Stadium in Berkeley


Radio: 8:10 a.m. The Spread (KGO)

Series history: Tied 41-41-2. Oregon won 24-17 in Eugene last year after Cal beat No. 21 Ducks 21-17 at Berkeley in the 2020 season finale.

Cal Scenarios: The Bears are 15.5-point underdogs in their bid to snap a three-game losing streak and earn their first victory over a top-10 opponent in a year. 37-3 rout of 8th Washington on October 13, 2017. . . Cal’s offense scored 21 second-half points in its 28-21 loss in Washington last week after totaling 22 points in 10 previous quarters. . . Freshman running back Jaydn Ott, after gaining 274 rushing yards on 14.4 yards per attempt against Arizona, has totaled 155 yards on 3.3 yards per carry in three games since . . . Wide receiver Jeremiah Hunter is listed as likely to play after missing the UW game through injury, but cornerback Lu-Magia Hearns and wide receiver Mason Starling have both been listed overnight by the trainer Justin Wilcox.

Oregon scenarios: The Ducks have sole possession of the top spot in the Pac-12 standings as the only undefeated team in the conference. They are coming off an impressive 45-30 victory over previously undefeated UCLA, their 23rd consecutive win at Autzen Stadium. . . Auburn transfer quarterback Bo Nix leads an offense that tops the Pac-12 with an average of 42.4. Nix completed nearly 72% of his passes and had his second five touchdown game of the season to earn Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week honors against UCLA. . . First-year coach Dan Lanning, who was the defensive coordinator for Georgia’s national championship team last season, took the Ducks to Atlanta for the season opener, where they lost 49-3 to the Bulldogs. They’ve gone 6-0 since and averaged 49 points in those games.

Stats that matter: Cal’s defense had at least one takeaway in 19 straight games — matching the longest streak in FBS — before ending last week against Washington. . . Plummer’s 250.6 passing yards per game projects at 3,007 for the season, which would be the most by a Cal quarterback since Ross Bowers, who had 3,039 yards in 2017. Only five Cal QBs have thrown for 3,000 yards in one season. . . A win would give Oregon its first 5-0 conference start since 2019. Cal hasn’t even won five conference games in a season since 2009 and hasn’t started 5-0 in the league since 1950.


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