If you’re looking for the perfect college football matchup for your upcoming season, this article may be the one for you.
The Pac 12’s annual matchup between the defending champs Oregon and the surging California team is a must-see for fans of the conference.
The rivalry between the teams has been brewing for years, but has never really been as fierce as it is this year.
As such, it’s no surprise that the Pac-12 Conference has put on an eventful schedule in the last year, featuring two teams that have been in contention for the national title since their respective seasons.
Here’s a look at each team’s upcoming schedule and the conference’s top storylines heading into the game.
Oregon (7-1, 5-0 Pac-10) vs. California (6-3, 3-4 Pac-8)The Oregon-Cal side of the Pac 8 is a bit of a mixed bag.
The Ducks have been dominant this season, winning the Pac 10 East, but lost to Michigan in the Rose Bowl and were bounced in the Pac 16.
However, the Golden Bears have struggled with injuries, having lost two starters to injury, including their starting quarterback in Deshaun Watson.
The team has had a rough start to the season, but they’ve looked like a contender in the preseason, finishing 6-3 and taking down the undefeated Washington Huskies and defending champion Stanford Cardinal.
This game will serve as a test for the Pac 6 and 7 teams, with Oregon’s offense and defense both facing their own challenges.
The Cardinal defense is coming off back-to-back wins against UCLA and Washington State, but this will be a different story for the team.
Cal’s offense is loaded with talent, but the team has been struggling against quality opponents in the past.
The Bears are coming off their first win over a ranked opponent, but have had a few problems with turnovers.
Cal has won five of its last six games against ranked opponents, including two straight.
Cal also won a bowl game last season, going 6-2 against ranked teams.
Oregon is coming into this game on the heels of its biggest win of the season in the opener against Arizona, a 29-23 win.
The Golden Bears went on to defeat Arizona and Washington in the conference championship game before losing to Washington State in the title game.
Oregon is one of three undefeated teams in the country this season.
Cal is currently one of four teams in this year’s AP poll.
The Cal side of this matchup has been very successful, winning eight straight games in the series and defeating Oregon twice in conference championship games.
The Cal defense has struggled against the Ducks, with seven sacks allowed against them.
The Cougars offense is led by star quarterback Deondre Francois, who has thrown for 2,066 yards and nine touchdowns on the season.
The senior is averaging 5.8 yards per pass attempt.
The defense is led, by safety Josh Brown, by sophomore cornerback DeForest Buckner.
Cal enters the game with an incredible 10 wins in its last 12 games.
The Oregon defense has had success against the Oregon offense this season after starting the season as one of the worst units in the nation.
The Trojans have averaged a mere 14.5 points per game in their last 11 games against the Pac 7 team.
The offense has been better than expected, averaging 28.3 points per contest this season and a league-leading 57.5% completion percentage.
This is the first time the Oregon defense will face Cal this season since 2011, when they met in a Rose Bowl rematch.
Cal has won two straight games against Oregon, and the Bears have been a dominant force in the game, scoring 21 points per outing.
Cal hasn’t allowed a single touchdown all season, though it’s worth noting that the defense has surrendered five or more points in four straight games, including a 10-point defeat at Arizona in the 2016 Rose Bowl.
The game will be the last matchup between these two teams this season as both teams enter the 2017 season with a bye week before their first bowl game of the year.
This will be an exciting matchup to watch, especially as the teams have been linked for a matchup this fall.
Oregon and Cal are the only teams to face each other in the season opener.
Oregon’s quarterback situation is in flux, as Marcus Mariota and Ryan Burns have both struggled with injury.
Mariota has been battling an ankle injury, while Burns suffered a hamstring injury last week.
Both quarterbacks will be tested on the field as they battle to make the final roster.
Cal could use a strong performance from sophomore quarterback Marcus Mariou, who threw for 4,621 yards and 27 touchdowns on 57 career attempts last season.
This could be a very interesting matchup as both Cal quarterbacks are considered strong options in the Heisman race.
The Pac-9 South is loaded, with Washington, Texas, Texas Tech