Cal still has yet to earn a win against an FBS school in the Sonny Dykes era and if the Bears are going to accomplish that feat against Oregon State on Saturday, it won’t come easy.
Oregon State (5-1) will be looking for its sixth straight win when it visits Cal (1-5).
The Beavers have surprisingly kept pace with No. 2 Oregon in the North Division led by quarterback Sean Mannion, who threw for 493 yards in last week’s win at Washington State. Mannion leads the nation in passing, averaging 418.5 yards a game, and has thrown 25 touchdowns for the nation’s 12th-ranked scoring team (43.3 points per game).
Cal, meanwhile, continues to flounder against one of the nation’s toughest schedules. Since a win over Portland State, the Golden Bears have lost four straight and have played four ranked teams overall and their five losses are against teams with a combined record of 24-5 on the season.
QB Jared Goff ranks second in the conference in passing, throwing for 339.3 yards a game but the freshman appeared rattled last week at UCLA. Goff is on pace to set the school’s single-season passing mark — having thrown for 450 or more yards three times this season.