Football: 1 vs. 1

From the Something’s-gotta-give department:

In this week’s NCAA statistics, Cal has the No. 1 defense in the country (160 yards allowed per game). Nevada, this week’s opponents, has the No. 1 offense in the nation (592 yards per game).

Jonathan Okanes

Jonathan Okanes is in his fourth year covering Cal's football team. Previously, he covered Cal's men's basketball team for four years. He can also be followed on Twitter at twitter.com/OkanesonCal.

  • Bobby

    Likely both will fall out of their #1 spot. Hopefully Ca’s defense falls less than Nevada’s offense…

  • milo

    JO, looking forward to your scouting reports on NV. It’s going to be interesting.

    That said, good defense usually beat good offense but that’s standard conventional wisdom.

  • Bears

    Major test the next two weeks on the road for our D. Coming through in these games will show if they have the potential to be a championship unit.

  • rollonubears

    is the team flying up there or taking the bus? leaving on wednesday or thursday? are they staying at circus circus?

  • The defense usually has the edge in these matchups. I like our chances

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    Statistics don’t mean anything when you play 2 cupcakes. I will make my first W-L prediction of the year at the end of the week.

  • CalBear91

    I agree that both #1’s will change, and I like our chances pretty well in this one. Nevada may have a “great” offense, but they do not play “great” defenses. It is like the SEC always saying they have great defenses, but it is only because they do not play PAC 10 offenses. See Uncle Ted’s posts on that one.

    All this to say, I expect Cal will control their offense enough to keep them below 30, and our offense will score enough to take us above 40.

  • shaka

    Hopefully the team gets there in time for an altitude adjustment. Still looking for that new warm and lightened-up Coach. If you didn’t catch the post-game press conference, you’d think he just got back from a funeral. Maybe it’s the media stupid.

  • Boaltblue

    A players coach “Quote of the Week”:
    “That’s the most miserable 2-0 locker room I’ve ever been in,” USC coach Lane Kiffin said after his Trojans beat Virginia.


  • thisiscal

    I have faith that Kevin Riley will put it all together this season, but the Oline has to give him more protection. I think Shane is a little rusty after missing a chunk of camp, but look for him to break out soon. If Shane has over 100 yards rushing against Nevada, we will beat them handily. I predict Cal wins 38 – 20.

  • CalBear91

    I like that Boaltblue. It is a sad and wonderful spectacle.

  • Grrrrrah

    Statistics don’t mean anything, but stadium attendance does?!

  • toparchiBear

    At the least, CAL is playing different than last year. they are playing to win and not like last year was playing not to lose. I like their D. rushing the passer attack after attack, result were sack after sacks.

    Go Bears! Beat the wolfpack.

  • milo

    TB – you’re right, Cal is playing proactive “winning” football instead of reactive prevention “don’t lose” football. You can sense it in execution and spirit. Lets hope the Bears can get it done! Go Bears!

  • calbear

    i agree with MoreNCS, though it pains me to say. We have not beaten anyone yet, and the real test is at Arizona. I’ll hold my tongue until then.

  • BlueNGold


    Even if you agree with the moron, it is a big mistake to say so on this blog.

  • Dan


    Even a broken clock is right twice a day. You don’t acknowledge what a great clock it is that 2 times a day.

  • BlueNGold

    Breaking news- Reggie Bush has announced he is forfeiting his 2005 Heisman. Seems obvious he is trying to deflect further looking into, and disclosure of, his violations of NCAA rules. Does anyone suppose this will really put the matter to rest?

    I wonder if he is giving back the ‘donated’ suit he wore to the awards ceremony, too?

  • MEXgldnbear

    MoreNCsareNotcoming’s W-L predictions are worth about as much as mexican pesos.

    You would think that with SC playing as poorly as they have been, he’d be under a rock somewhere. Then again, since he went to neither Cal nor SC, I guess it doesn’t matter.