How will rain and wind impact Cal’s game against No. 2 Oregon on Saturday night?
“I always tell the guys we love the rain. We hope it pours, hope we have sheets of rain, monsoons of rain,” Cal offensive coordinator Tony Franklin said. “We think it helps our offense tremendously.”
Oregon is being hit with what Portland’s local CBS affiliate said could be a record fall storm, including 4 to 7 inches of rain in places and wind gusts of 40 mph or more.
Weather.com projected a 70-percent chance of rain and winds of 26 mph in Eugene for the 7:30 p.m. kickoff.
“Rain is whatever you believe it to be,” Franklin said. “It just depends on your attitude, so our attitude is we love it. Hope it rains a bunch.”
Cal head coach Sonny Dykes said throwing teams can thrive in rain “just because we kind of know where we’re going and the defense doesn’t. We’ve never had any issues throwing and catching the ball in the rain.”
But, he added, “The wind will be more of an issue than the rain.”
Cal freshman quarterback Jared Goff has thrown 168 passes through the Bears’ first three games. If winds preclude an effective passing game, Cal will need to shift gears to a running attack that has been inconsistent so far.
During its bye week, the Bears opened competition at several spots on the offensive line, trying to prompt improvement. Franklin hopes the progress made benefits the ground attack.
“I think we got better in the run game,” he said. “We simplified some stuff and we got better.”
Oregon likely will have no issues if weather shuts down the passing game. The Ducks lead the Pac-12 and rank second nationally in rushing at 355 yards per game.
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