Football: Weather will be an issue at Eugene

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.

Follow me on Twitter at twitter.com/JeffFaraudo

Jeff Faraudo

  • Juancho

    I plan on doing a lot of drinking. Lets hope i can put together a recruiting update.

    One of our top targets, 4 star linebacker mike lazarus from berkeley announced his top 3. Were in it. Big news as he is a domino.

  • The Wisdom Cow

    I’m fed up with the new media deals if they are going to have the majority of Pac 12 games start after 7 O’clock. One game at noon, one at 4, 3 games at 7 or 7:30. Why? I’m betting it is to get more of a west coast bump in ratings for the rest of the nation’s games that the West would otherwise mostly miss. They don’t care about the West Coast games being too late back east because no one watched them anyways. Of course, that it means a west coast Heisman candidate will have no hopes of topping an east coast media darling probably doesn’t matter to Scott.

  • The Wisdom Cow

    As for the game itself. Crazy weather makes an upset go from an .000000087% chance to a .0000086% chance. That’s improved our prospects by over 1,000 times! Celebrate now before the game starts and the odds crash.

  • Stay Golden

    What the hey. Throw some weather into the equation. Hail, lightning, fake injuries (jk).. lots and lots of TV commercials. Whatever it takes to slow the game down and not get embarrassed.

  • Rollonubears

    I hate the late games too. I’m on the west coast. But it pays the bills. Without them, we’d have no tv coverage at all for some of these games. I’ll take inconvenient tv over no tv, any day. I’m not worried about the rain for passing. Most of our passes are too short to matter. The deep ones are a toss up anyway. I think we will get shredded on defense tho. Rain or not. Starting to get my drink going now. Go bears!

  • The Wisdom Cow

    It only “pays the bills” if it was a condition of the ESPN and other national game coverage package, and I doubt that was a deal breaker.

    I don’t mind a late Pac 12 game every Sat, even if it is the best match up. I mind that three games are all that late.

  • covinared

    How does the rain affect the point spread?

  • covinared

    anyone got a site with live game stream?

  • Eric

    Every freaking bar around me only has DIRECTV.