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Washington State Cougars vs. California Golden Bears Preview and Predictions 11-09-2019


Two teams eager to escape the bottom of the Pac-12 North standings meet Saturday as Washington State visits California, which opened the season with a 4-0 record but has lost four in a row. Cal managed just 83 yards of total offense in a 38-0 loss to Utah before last week's bye and could struggle to keep pace with the high-powered Cougars.

Washington State is eighth nationally in scoring offense (41.8) but faces a tough matchup against Cal's physical defense, which has held seven of its first eight opponents to 24 points or less. Linebacker Evan Weaver leads the nation at 15.9 tackles per game and will need another strong outing against the Cougars and quarterback Anthony Gordon, who has passed for an FBS-leading 3,387 yards and 32 touchdowns. Gordon threw for 406 yards and three touchdowns in the Cougars' 37-35 loss to Oregon before last week's bye while finding wide receiver Brandon Arconado nine times for 130 yards and two scores. Gordon will be tested by Cal's defense which has allowed seven passing touchdowns and boasts a stellar secondary led by safety Ashtyn Davis (43 tackles and six interceptions).

TV: 7 p.m. ET, Pac-12 Network. LINE: Washington State -7.5

ABOUT WASHINGTON STATE (4-4, 1-4 Pac-12): Linebacker Jahad Woods averages 9.9 tackles, but the Cougars are allowing 29.8 points per contest and rank last in the Pac-12 in rushing defense. The Cougars feature a balanced offensive attack with running back Max Borghi tied for third in the Pac-12 with 10 total touchdowns and fourth with 120 all-purpose yards per game. If the game comes down to the final minutes, the Cougars could have the edge with kicker Blake Mazza, who is 13-of-13 on his field goal attempts and 41-of-41 on his point-after attempts this season.

ABOUT CAL (4-4, 1-4): Junior Devon Modster is expected to start at quarterback after missing the loss to Utah due to injury, but freshman Spencer Brash could get the call for the second straight game if Modster isn't cleared to play. Regular starter Chase Garbers has been sidelined since suffering a right shoulder injury on Sept. 27 against Arizona State but hopes to return before the end of the season. The Bears are averaging just 3.1 yards per rushing attempt and could use a spark from junior DeShawn Collins, who has made a case for more playing time next to Christopher Brown Jr. and Marcel Dancy.

EXTRA POINTS

1. Cal holds a 47-28-5 lead in the all-time series, but Washington State recorded a 19-13 victory in Pullman last season.

2. Gordon played the 2015 season near Berkeley at City College of San Francisco, where he passed for 3,864 yards with 37 touchdown passes.

3. Cal has held Washington State to an average of 11 points over their last two meetings.

Prediction

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Memorial Stadium
Berkeley, California, USA.
Capacity: 62,717

Last Injuries

California Golden Bears

  • Ricky Walker III

    Undisclosed
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Walker III has an unspecified injury, and it is unclear if he will play Saturday against USC.

  • Gentle Williams

    Lower Body
    out for season | out

    Williams is projected to sit out for the remainder of the season due to a lower-body injury.

  • Miles Williams

    Upper Body
    out for season | out

    Williams sustained a season-ending upper-body injury.

  • Myles Jernigan

    Upper Body
    out for season | out

    Jernigan has been ruled out for the remainder of the season due to an upper-body injury.

  • Nikko Remigio

    Undisclosed
    Out indefinitely | out

    Remigio will miss an extended period due to an undefined injury.

  • Devon Modster

    Head
    Prob Sat | probable

    Modster has been sidelined with a head injury, but will play against Washington State on Saturday.

  • Ricky Walker III

    Undisclosed
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Walker III has an unspecified injury, and his availability for Saturday's contest against Washington State is up in the air.

  • Jaylinn Hawkins

    Undisclosed
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Hawkins is dealing with an injury to an unlisted area. It is undetermined if he will be on the field Saturday versus Washington State.

Washington State Cougars

  • Hercules Mata'afa

    Spine
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Mata'afa has been absent from the lineup during the past three games with a cervical spine injury, and it is unclear if he will participate in Sunday's contest versus the Broncos.

  • Jamire Calvin

    Foot
    out for season | out

    Calvin is sidelined due to a right foot injury and has elected to use the 2019 season as a redshirt year.

washington-state-cougars-football Stats 2019-2020

Passing
Player GP GS PR PLY PPA PPC PPI PPS PSY PT PY
Player GP GS PR PLY PPA PPC PPI PPS PSY PT PY
Anthony Gordon 4 0 195.298 0 183 137 4 0 0 21 1894
Trey Tinsley 2 0 164.000 0 4 2 0 0 0 1 15
Gage Gubrud 2 0 159.815 0 13 10 0 0 0 1 89
Russing
Player GP GS RNY RLY RP RT
Player GP GS RNY RLY RP RT
Max Borghi 4 0 325 0 41 4
Deon McIntosh 4 0 61 0 7 1
Anthony Gordon 4 0 40 0 15 0
Clay Markoff 2 0 24 0 8 0
Receiving
Player GP GS RY RLY RR RT RT
Player GP GS RY RLY RR RT RT
Brandon Arconado 4 0 352 0 25 0 1
Easop Winston Jr. 4 0 348 0 26 0 8
Dezmon Patmon 4 0 290 0 17 0 3
Davontavean Martin 4 0 238 0 20 0 2
Travell Harris 4 0 225 0 16 0 4
Defense
Player GP GS DST DAT DFF DFR DI DIY DFD DS DSY DTFL
Player GP GS DST DAT DFF DFR DI DIY DFD DS DSY DTFL
Jahad Woods 4 0 21 15 1 0 0 0 3 1 1 3
Bryce Beekman 4 0 15 13 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 1
Daniel Isom 4 0 14 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Skyler Thomas 4 0 12 5 0 1 1 11 0 0 0 1
Marcus Strong 4 0 11 8 0 0 1 5 0 0 0 0
Kicking
Player GP GS FGS FGA FGSLY EPKA EPKS
Player GP GS FGS FGA FGSLY EPKA EPKS
Blake Mazza 4 0 5 5 50 28 28
Kick Returning
Player GP GS KR KRF KRLY KRY
Player GP GS KR KRF KRLY KRY
Travell Harris 4 0 4 0 37 109
Max Borghi 4 0 1 0 0 -4
Rodrick Fisher 4 0 1 0 19 19
Fumbles
Player GP GS F FL FRLBO FRT OFR OFRT
Player GP GS F FL FRLBO FRT OFR OFRT
Anthony Gordon 4 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
Dezmon Patmon 4 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
Easop Winston Jr. 4 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
Rodrick Fisher 4 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
Punting
Player GP GS P PGY PIT PLY PP PT TT
Player GP GS P PGY PIT PLY PP PT TT
Anthony Gordon 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 21
Brandon Arconado 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Davontavean Martin 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
Deon McIntosh 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Dezmon Patmon 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
Punt Returning
Player GP GS PR PRF PRLY PRY
Player GP GS PR PRF PRLY PRY
Travell Harris 4 0 2 0 16 16
Easop Winston Jr. 4 0 1 0 45 45