Thursday, September 27, 2007
#11 Oregon Ducks vs #6 California Golden Bears
Saturday, 29th September, 3.30p, EDT
Autzen Stadium, Eugene, OR
The Pac-10 has been one of college football's strongest conferences this year, thanks in part to the undefeated starts of No. 6 California and 11th-ranked Oregon. One of those teams will suffer its first loss when the Golden Bears visit the Ducks on Saturday in a matchup of two of the country's highest-scoring offenses.
California (4-0, 1-0) has scored at least 34 points in each of its four wins, totaling 166 - 13th-most in the Football Bowl Subdivision. Among Pac-10 teams, only Oregon (4-0, 1-0) has more points, as the Ducks are tied for seventh in the nation with 194. Cal and Oregon join No. 1 Southern California in the Top 25, making the Pac-10 the only conference with three teams in the top 11 of the AP poll. Before this season, the Pac-10 hadn't had three teams ranked that high since Nov. 27, 2005.
This will be the second game against a ranked opponent for Cal, which beat then-No. 15 Tennessee 45-31 in the season opener Sept. 1. Oregon, meanwhile, will be facing its first real test after winning each of its first four games by at least three touchdowns. The Ducks trailed by as many as 10 points Saturday against Stanford but scored the last 34 to pull away for a 55-31 victory - matching their highest point total since Nov. 19, 2005.
Jonathan Stewart - the only Pac-10 player with more rushing yards than Cal's Forsett - had his third straight 100-yard game with 160 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries. Dennis Dixon threw for 367 yards and four touchdowns - both career highs - and has 11 passing touchdowns without an interception this season.
Last year against Cal, however, was a different story. Forsett outgained Stewart 163-25, and Dixon threw three interceptions in the Ducks' 45-24 loss. It was the first of five regular season defeats for Oregon, which had won its first four games before visiting the Bears.
California leads the all-time series, 37-30-2, but the Ducks have had the edge in recent years, taking eight of the last 10 meetings dating to 1994. Oregon has a seven-game winning streak against Cal at Autzen Stadium, where the Bears last tasted victory (20-6) in 1987. Last season, California capitalized on four UO turnovers and won 45-24 in Berkeley.
Posted at 1:19 PM