CAL VS. GRAMBLING STATE
2014 RECORDS: Cal 5-7, 3-6 in the Pac-12. Grambling State 7-5, 6-2 in SWAC.
KICKOFF: 2 p.m. Saturday at Memorial Stadium in Berkeley.
TV: Pac-12 Networks.
RADIO: KGO 810.
SERIES HISTORY: First meeting.
STORYLINES: As a 43 1/2-point favorite, Cal is not expected to be seriously challenged in this one, but the game will be a proving ground of sorts for various players or position groups. Will newly installed kicker Matt Anderson deliver? Can the Bears’ secondary contain what appears to be a strong Grambling receiving corps? Can the revamped defensive front pressure and contain dual-threat quarterback Johnathan Williams? Can the offensive line allow the Bears to begin establishing the running game they hope will balance their attack? We won’t have all the answers after one game, but perhaps a hint of things to come.
INJURY UPDATE: Cal — S Griffin Piatt (knee) and LB Aisea Tongilava (toe) are out. LB Nathan Broussard (knee) is probable. Grambling — None reported.
MATCHUP TO WATCH: Cal’s offensive line vs. Grambling’s pass rush. The Tigers recorded 45 sacks last year to lead the Football Championship Subdivision. Cal coach Sonny Dykes said Grambling stunts and blitzes out of a 3-3 alignment, but quarterback Jared Goff said he doesn’t expect pressure to be a significant problem.
STATS THAT MATTER: Cal is 8-0 all-time vs. FCS opponents and Grambling is 2-13 vs. Football Bowl Subdivision teams, without a win since 1985. … Goff enters his junior season needing 546 passing yards to break Troy Taylor’s career school record of 8,126, set 26 seasons ago. … Joe Starkey begins his 41st season as Cal’s radio play-by-play man, making him the sixth-longest tenured radio announcer in the country.