NCAA Football – Week 11
The Oregon Ducks are going to hope to avoid a massive letdown on Saturday night on the road in San Fran, where they fight it out on the CFB betting lines against the California Golden Bears.
The Quack Attack have officially solidified themselves as the most explosive and creative offense in the nation. This team dropped over 700 yards and 62 points on the USC Trojans on the road, and many think that it now holds its own destiny to get into the BCS National Championship Game. It’s tough to argue with anything that this team has been able to do offensively this year, and matters just keep getting better and better. It was WR De’Anthony Thomas that was the Heisman Trophy candidate for this team at the outset of the campaign. It’s not like he has had a bad year, as he has 508 rushing yards and 277 receiving yards with a total of 11 TDs. However, it is RB Kenjon Barner that is now one of the Heisman finalists at the moment thanks to his 20 total touchdowns and 1,295 rushing yards. Barner is on a clip for 2,300 total yards including the bowl game and the presumed Pac-12 Championship Game.
The Golden Bears have lost three in a row both SU and ATS, and that’s the end of any chance to get to a bowl game this year. That means the end is likely here for Head Coach Jeff Tedford, pretty much regardless of whether he pulls off the upset in this one or not. It wouldn’t be an unprecedented upset, but it just doesn’t feel like Cal has the goods to get the job done. Then again, the team did beat the UCLA Bruins down here in this building, and they nearly won at the Horseshoe against the Ohio State Buckeyes as well. QB Zach Maynard hasn’t had a bad year, but he has just has too many picks (10) for the number of touchdowns that he has thrown (12). The ground game hasn’t been bad with RB CJ Anderson and RB Isi Sofele combining for almost 1,200 rushing yards, but these two only have six scores between them as well.
The Ducks are great, and if they want to win this one by 50, they will. Their defense is going to want to be better than it was last week against USC when the team allowed 51 points. As a result, especially once the competitive portion of this game is said and done with, this one will end up staying beneath the ‘total’. Oregon 41 – Cal 17