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Football: Cal vs. Colorado preview

By Jeff Faraudo
Friday, November 15th, 2013 at 5:12 pm in Football, Gameday.

CAL VS. COLORADO

RECORDS: Cal 1-9, 0-7 Pac-12; Colorado 3-6, 0-6.

KICKOFF: 2:30 p.m. PST, Folsom Field, Boulder, Colo.

TV: Pac-12 Networks

RADIO: 810-AM

SERIES HISTORY: Cal leads 4-2. The Bears won 36-33 in overtime at Boulder two seasons ago, but the game was a previously scheduled nonconference matchup. This is their first meeting in a Pac-12 game.

STORYLINES: The only two remaining teams without a conference victory clash in a matchup of Sonny Dykes and Mike MacIntyre — both candidates for the Cal coaching job last November. … This marks the second time the programs have met with first-year coaches. Joe Kapp and Cal beat Colorado and Bill McCartney 31-17 at Boulder in the 1982 opener. … The game also features a pair of true freshman quarterbacks in Cal’s Jared Goff and CU’s Sefo Liufau. … The Bears are hoping to snap losing streaks of eight games overall, 12 Pac-12 games and 14 vs. FBS foes. … Cal and CU have a combined record of 1-15 against FBS teams.

INJURY UPDATE: Cal – RB Daniel Lasco (shoulder), LB Hardy Nickerson (foot) and CB Isaac Lapite (knee) are out; LB Khairi Fortt (biceps) and RB Darren Ervin (shoulder) are probable. Colorado – Saf Parker Orms (neck) and OLB Woodson Greer (neck) are questionable.

MATCHUP TO WATCH: Cal cornerbacks vs. Colorado WR Paul Richardson. After missing last season with a knee injury, Richardson is the Buffaloes’ best chance to beat the Bears. He has 60 receptions for 1,061 yards and nine touchdowns on a team with a modest running attack. Two years ago, Richardson had a breakout game against Cal, catching 11 passes for 284 yards, including TDs of 66 and 78 yards. His 20 career TD receptions have averaged 41.8 yards.

STATS THAT MATTER: Cal has missed 59 starts due to injury through 10 games. Colorado has had just one starter (CB Kenneth Crawley) miss one game due to injury. … Goff needs 359 passing yards to break Pat Barnes’ single-season Cal record of 3,499. The Novato native must average 300 yards in Cal’s final two games to eclipse the Pac-12 freshman record of 3,740 yards set by UCLA’s Brett Hundley last season. … While Cal ranks 121st nationally in points allowed (44.7) and CU is 117th (40.4), the Buffaloes actually are giving up more in Pac-12 games (50.5 to 45.9).

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  • Woj

    T-minus 16 hours until the Toilet Bowl. Let the flushing and swirling of 2 awful smelling turds begin :-)

    @BlueNGold Says:
    November 15th, 2013 at 3:20 pm
    Firing Coach Dykes after one season when he has not had a chance to recruit his own guys would be a colossal blunder on many levels. It would be great if Dykes had gotten instant positive results like Tedford did, but unfortunately he did not have the players to pull that off. That does not mean he does not deserve a full opportunity though.

    To which every realist and I reply:
    -It would be great if Dykes had gotten ANY positive results. ANY as in at least as many wins as a lazy Tedfraud had with basically the same group as last year and a much better QB in Goff.
    - You are insulting the players with your backhanded insult when you should be insulting directly the grossly overpaid and borderline incompetent head coach (Stormy D.), the putrid D. coordinator, and unaccountable AD. The D coordinator is so bad he now derisively but correctly has a unit of scoring (i.e. 3 defensive TDS scored in under 10 minutes = 21 points) named after him (a Buh).
    - If there was any good Pac12 level coaching talent evident in Dykes as based on progress during the season OR # wins on Saturday, I’d say out of mercy and how can he do any worse, keep him for year #2. But there hasn’t been. See Wilner article for ample proof.

    There is NO evidence 2014 will be any different than 2013 for Cal footbsall with a flaccid milktoast Stormy Dykes at the helm. None. And no magical great recruits are buying a ticket to board the RMS Cal Titanic I mean 2014 Cal team based on an 0-11 initial campaign (FCS cupcake win removed).

    If you are a 3star or 4star recruit, no father/coach is going to encourage him to sign onto Cal and get his head beat in every game in 2014, and be poorly coached in the meanwhile. For stud high schoolers that’s costing them a legit shot at the NFL in addition to enjoying their college football experience.
    unfortunately he did not have the players to pull that off. That does not mean he does not deserve a full opportunity though.

  • Easy Ed

    Woj=Moron

    I’m glad you’ve had a happy Fall. Pretty sad that a person got rejected by Cal and then spends the rest of ther life hating. Oh well, have another bag of Cheetos and a Mountain Dew. You’re still a loser and Daddy is a drunk

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    Totally agree with you Woj.

    Colorado in a runaway against CSU East Bay.

  • Easy Ed

    Totally agree? I should hope so since you’re the same person.

  • covinared

    Dykes defenders will like the Denver post article by John Hendeson today. Moron, saw your midnight posts last night. nice life….
    does anyone know of a good place in Pasadena to see the game?

  • Easy Ed

    Hi Covina, I’m in the same boat, I have Direct TV so I’m out in the cold. Try Dave & Busters in the Santa Anita mall

  • BlueNGold

    #3
    Define ‘a runaway’, moron. Or, do you have the ability to be that precise? More likely, you are simply too much of a coward to stick your pencil neck out that far.

    BTW, hows that 11+ years of stalking of Cal fans working for you?

  • BlueNGold

    Hey Woj- Do you ever have anything positive to post here? You epitomize Spiro Agnew’s nattering nabobs of negativism.

    I am sure if if it were up to you, you would fire Dykes right now. Fortunately its not, because doing so would be absolutely stupid and brainless. Get a clue before you shoot your abysmally uninformed mouth off.

  • covinared

    thx Easy!

    Blue: Woj=moron