Cal vs. UCLA
KICKOFF: Saturday, 12:30 p.m. at Memorial Stadium in Berkeley.
TV/RADIO: ABC/ESPN2; 810-AM.
RECORDS: Cal 4-2, 2-2 in Pac-12; UCLA 4-2, 1-2.
SERIES HISTORY: UCLA leads 51-32-1. UCLA won 37-10 in 2013.
STORYLINES: This is a big game for two teams coming off disappointing performances a week ago. The Bears staggered to a 31-7 home loss to Washington after scoring at least 45 points in each of their previous four games. The Bruins, preseason favorites in the Pac-12 South, have dropped two home games in a row, losing 30-28 to Utah and 42-30 to UCLA in a game where they trailed by 32 points. . . . Cal, despite its stumble last week, has a winning record at the halfway point of the season for the first time since 2009. . . . Cal is likely to play without starting left guard Chris Borrayo (head), disrupting a run of six straight games with the same five starters up front. Matt Cochran would take his place. . . . The latest seven inductees into the Cal Athletic Hall of Fame, led by Oympic swim star Natalie Coughlin, will be recognized on the field during the game. . . . This is the annual Joe Roth Game, honoring the late All-America quarterback, whose No. 12 is the only jersey retired by the school.
INJURY UPDATE: Cal: S Stefan McClure (calf) and S Michael Lowe (head) will play; RB Khalfani Muhammad (thumb) is probable; OG Chris Borrayo (head) is doubtful; DE Brennan Scarlett (knee) S Griffin Piatt (knee) and CB Joel Willis (knee) are out. UCLA: OT Simon Goines (knee) is questionable; OG Alex Redmond (ankle) is doubtful; CB Randall Goforth (shoulder) is out.
MATCHUP TO WATCH: Cal’s running game vs. UCLA’s run defense. The Bears want to re-establish their ground attack after falling behind early against Washington and relying on the pass. Daniel Lasco has been one of the team’s most consistent performers and the offensive line is eager for a bounce-back game. The Bruins ranks just 10th in the conference defending the run after giving up 258 yards to Oregon last week.
STATS THAT MATTER: Cal has beaten UCLA seven straight times at Memorial Stadium dating back to 1998. . . . Quarterbacks Jared Goff of Cal and Brett Hundley of UCLA rank fourth and sixth, respectively, among the nation’s most efficient passers. . . . Cal and UCLA rank 10th and 12th in the Pac-12 in defensive sacks, while the Bruins are last in sacks against with 25. . . . UCLA has scored just 22 points in the first quarter, Cal has scored 63. . . . Bruins RB Paul Perkins, coming off a 190-yard rushing effort vs. Oregon, has topped 100 yards in three of the past four games.