The Bruins, who are away in a short week, will be looking to reach nine wins for the first time since 2014 by beating the Golden Bears.
WHO: UCLA vs Cal
DATE: Friday 25th Nov
TIME: 1:35 p.m. PT
POSITION: California Memorial Stadium, Berkeley, CA
TV: FOX – Dan Hellie (play-by-play), Petros Papadakis (analyst)
STREAM: fuboTV (start free trial)
RADIO: AM 570, Sirius Ch. 98/197, SXM App 959 – Josh Lewin (play-by-play), Matt Stevens (analyst), Wayne Cook (sideline reporter)
DISTRIBUTION: UCLA -11 (-118), Cal +11 (-110)*
MONEY LINE: UCLA -500, Cal +310*
ABOUT UNDER: O 62 (-118), U 62 (-110)*
UCLA fell to 17th in the AP poll and 18th in the USA Today Coaches Poll, and fell to 18th in the college football playoff rankings on Tuesday. Cal, on the other hand, hasn’t appeared in any of the major rankings all season.
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The Bruins are 8-3 so far this season and went undefeated in non-conference game before opening the Pac-12 game 3-0 and eventually falling to Oregon in Eugene. UCLA seemingly rebounded with wins over Stanford and Arizona State, but then got upset at home by Arizona in Week 11 and lost to USC seven days later.
The Golden Bears are 9-1, their only loss coming against Utah — the UCLA win. USC cruised past Rice and Fresno State in an out-of-conference game and they go Saturday on a three-game winning streak.
UCLA averages 40.0 points per game, which ranks sixth in the country while allowing 28.4. The Bruins are the #5 in passing yards, #1 in rushing yards, and #4 in total yards of offense among Pac-12 teams this season. Their defense allows the sixth-most passing yards in the conference and ranks seventh in forced turnovers per game under new defensive coordinator Bill McGovern, who has missed the last four games with an unknown illness.
Quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson has thrown for 2,694 yards, 24 touchdowns and seven interceptions with a 69.8% completion rate and a 158.7 passer rating so far in 2022. The fifth-year starter has also rushed for 543 yards and nine touchdowns. Running back Zach Charbonnet has rushed for 1,240 yards and 13 touchdowns for 7.3 yards per carry — he’s the leading Pac-12 ball carrier in all three categories despite missing games against Alabama State and Arizona State — to 299 yards to keep up with 33 catches .
Duke transfer receiver Jake Bobo has emerged as a top option in the passing game this fall, leading with 727 yards and six touchdowns on 47 catches, while receiver Kazmeir Allen has 606 yards and four touchdowns on 63 touches. Edge rushers Laiatu Latu and Grayson Murphy have combined for 14.5 sacks and 20.0 tackles for losses.
The Bears are 3-7 after opening the year 3-1 with victories over UC Davis, UNLV and Arizona. Cal then went on a six-game losing streak but snapped it up last week against rival Stanford in a 27-20 win.
Cal is averaging 23.5 points per game, which ranks 97th in the country while allowing for 27.2. The Bears rank #6 in passing yards, #12 in rushing yards, and #10 in total yards of offense among Pac-12 teams this season. Their defense allows for the most passing yards in the league as well as the sixth-highest rushing yards.
Quarterback Jack Plummer has rushed for 2,801 yards and 17 touchdowns with nine interceptions with a 61.9% completion and a 127.4 passer rating in his freshman year since joining from Purdue. Running back Jadyn Ott came on the scene as a freshman earlier in the year but has slowed down a bit and now has 842 rushing yards and eight touchdowns in the season.
Wide receiver Jeremiah Hunter leads the Bears with 812 yards from 52 catches, while receiver J. Michael Sturdivant has 685 yards from 60 catches. Former Washington linebacker Jackson Sirmon leads his team with 91 tackles in addition to his 5.5 tackles for losses, 3.5 sacks and interception.
UCLA is 56-34-1 against Cal all-time, including a 7-2 record since 2013. Coach Chip Kelly has been 3-1 against the Bears since arriving in Westwood, winning the most recent head-to-head match , which took place in Berkeley in 2018.
*Odds via SI Sportsbook
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