Football: Year 1 of the Bear Raid not a big success

Pac-12 Networks analyst Yogi Roth watched tape of Cal’s 41-24 loss at Colorado and realized he had seen it all before.

“If you don’t look at the score, it’s like the offense is putting up numbers, but not converting when they need to,” he said. “That’s kind of what happens every Saturday.”

The Bear Raid offense, expected to rack up points, win games and sell tickets for Cal football this fall, has become something else altogether.

“We’re a teaser offense,” Cal offensive coordinator Tony Franklin said. “We show signs, tease people, and they go, ‘Why can’t they do that all the time?'”

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How Cal’s Bear Raid offense produced against its two FBS nonconference opponents and its eight Pac-12 foes (by average):

  • Northwestern: 549 yards, 30 points
  • Ohio State: 503 yards, 34 points
  • Pac-12 opponents: 424.0 yards, 20.3 points


Jeff Faraudo