No chance for Cal to catch its breath in competitive Pac-12

To say the Cal football team’s season hasn’t gone according to plan would be an understatement.

Not only have the Bears (1-7) lost six straight games, eliminating them from postseason possibilities with four games still remaining, but they are 0-5 in the Pac-12 Conference, with none of the conference games closer than 22 points.

Cal would need to get some breaks and have things fall into place to be competitive in its Saturday home game against Arizona (5-2).

The Wildcats have won two in a row and are still in contention for a berth in the Pac-12 title game. They have the nation’s leading rusher in Ka’Deem Carey, who is averaging 153.3 yards per game.

That is not a good sign for a Cal defense that yielded 241 rushing yards to Bishop Sankey in Washington’s 41-17 victory over Cal on Saturday.

Although the Cal defense is beset with injuries and has not held any FBS opponent below 37 points this season, a bigger concern for coach Sonny Dykes is his offense.

He was brought to Cal to put life in the Bears’ attack. His Louisiana Tech team led the nation in scoring and total offense last season. But Cal ranks 94th in the nation in scoring, averaging 22.9 points overall and just 16.4 points in conference games.

Dykes has twice threatened to replace true freshman Jared Goff as the starting quarterback, but has stayed with him for all eight games. Goff will remain the starter, but he will have his hands full against Arizona, which has one of the nation’s best pass defenses.

“It’s hard to imagine, but I think we’re really coming together as a team through all this pain and struggling,” Goff said. “I do definitely see a light at the end of the tunnel.

NEXT GAME

Cal vs. Arizona

WHEN: Saturday, 12:30 p.m.

WHERE: Memorial Stadium, Berkeley

TV: Pac-12 Networks

RADIO: KGO (810 AM)College Sports

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