RECORDS: Cal is 5-4, 2-4 in Pac-12; Oregon State is 2-7, 0-6.
KICKOFF: Saturday, 7:30 p.m. at Memorial Stadium in Berkeley.
TV/RADIO: Pac-12 Networks/810-AM
SERIES HISTORY: Cal leads 35-32. Cal won 45-31 last year, but Oregon State has won 12 of the past 16 meetings. The Bears have not beaten the Beavers in Memorial Stadium since 1997.
STORYLINES: This marks the Bears’ eighth chance over two seasons to secure a sixth win and bowl eligibility. They lost four of the previous seven by eight points or fewer. . . . While Cal has averaged just 24.2 points during its four-game losing streak, Oregon State ranks 119th nationally at 17.2 for the season . . . Cal’s lone win in November in nine tries over the past three seasons was its 45-31 victory at Oregon State last fall. . . The Beavers have dropped their past 12 conference games. . . . OSU, under first-year coach Gary Andersen, is playing without injured starting quarterback Seth Collins for the third straight game.
ALZHEIMER’S AWARENESS: Cal has designated the game as its second Alzheimer’s Awareness game. Cal players will wear #ENDALZ patches on their uniforms and coaches will wear purple Alzheimer’s Association wristbands. The cause is important to Cal coach Sonny Dykes, whose mother Sharon suffered from the condition before her death in 2010. Fans also will receive the wristbands and the first 2,500 students be given “Cal Fights ALZ” t-shirts. Cal is partnering on the event with the national Alzheimer’s Association. For more information, go to alz.org.
INJURY UPDATE: Cal: WR Kenny Lawler (buttocks) is questionable; Oregon State: QB Seth Collins (knee), RB Ryan Nall (undisclosed), CB Dwayne Williams (undisclosed) and Saf Justin Strong (head) are out; CB Treston Decoud (head) is probable.
MATCHUP TO WATCH: Cal’s offensive line vs. Oregon State’s defensive front. The Bears have struggled up front at times during their four-game losing streak, but this is an opportunity to assert themselves against a Beavers’ defense that ranks last in the Pac-12 with just 11 sacks and 10th against the run, allowing 202.3 yards per game. Cal hasn’t rushed for more than 139 yards in a Pac-12 game this season.
STATS THAT MATTER: Cal has more red-zone touchdowns (30) than the Beavers have red-zone opportunities (24). . . . Oregon State freshman quarterback Nick Mitchell has thrown one career touchdown pass, compared to 77 for Cal’s Jared Goff. . . . Goff needs 129 passing yards to reach 3,000 for the third straight season. Previously, there were just two 3,000-yard passers in school history. . . The Bears scored 30 points or more in seven of nine Pac-12 games a year ago, but just twice so far this season.