After its 59-41 loss to No. 6 Oregon at Levi’s Stadium, Cal can make this double-edged claim: No college football team in the country plays higher-scoring games than the Bears.
The average combined scoring total of Cal’s first eight games is 82.5 points, sure to exceed any weekly over/under listing from Las Vegas. The Oregon game was the third in which the Bears and their opponent reached 100 points.
That equation of potent offense and porous defense also has netted a 4-4 overall record (2-4 in Pac-12) after a 4-1 start, meaning the Bears’ road to six wins and bowl eligibility no longer has an express lane. They need to go at least 2-2, and the remaining schedule includes USC on the road and Stanford at home.
“We’ve got a confident bunch of guys in that locker room,” safety Stefan McClure said late Friday night. “We know we’re 4-4 and we’ve got four games left. We’ve got some winnable games coming up. We’ll be ready to go.”
Next up is a Saturday game at Oregon State, which scored 111 points against the Bears the past two seasons. But fans shouldn’t expect another offensive free-for-all in Corvallis. The Beavers have been better on defense than offense this season, and entered Saturday’s game at Stanford having neither scored nor allowed more than 38 points in a game.
Cal quarterback Jared Goff, who passed for 360 yard and two touchdowns against the Ducks, said the Bears emerged with a boost of self-esteeem.
“We learned we can compete with anybody,” he said.
Oregon coach Mark Helfrich was impressed after the Bears scored 10 more points on his team than any opponent this season.
“Offensively, those guys are lights out,” he said.