Hitting the road in a short week, the Bruins will attempt to reach nine wins for the first time since 2014 by beating the Golden Bears.
WHO: UCLA v. California
DATE: Friday, November 25
WEATHER: 1:35 p.m. (Pacific Time)
LOCATION: California Memorial Stadium, Berkeley, California
TV: FOX – Dan Hellie (play-by-play), Petros Papadakis (analyst)
TRANSMISSION: fuboTV (Start your free trial)
RADIO: AM 570, Sirius chap. 98/197, SXM App 959: Josh Lewin (play-by-play), Matt Stevens (analyst), Wayne Cook (sideline reporter)
SPREADED: UCLA -11 (-118), California +11 (-110)*
MONEY LINE: UCLA -500, California +310*
BELOW: OR 62 (-118), OR 62 (-110)*
UCLA fell to No. 17 in the AP Poll and No. 18 in the USA Today Coaches’ Poll last Sunday, then fell to No. 18 in the College Football Playoff standings on Tuesday. Cal, on the other hand, hasn’t appeared in any of the top rankings all season.
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The Bruins are 8-3 so far this season, going undefeated in non-conference play before opening Pac-12 play 3-0 and ultimately falling to Oregon in Eugene. UCLA ostensibly rebounded with wins over Stanford and Arizona State, but then upset Arizona at home in Week 11 and lost to USC seven days later.
The Golden Bears are 9-1, with their lone loss coming to Utah, who they beat UCLA. USC passed Rice and Fresno State in a non-conference game, and entered Saturday riding a three-game winning streak.
UCLA is averaging 40.0 points per game, which ranks sixth in the country, while allowing 28.4. The Bruins rank fifth in passing yards, first in rushing yards and fourth in total offensive yards among Pac-12 teams this season. Their defense is allowing the sixth most passing yards in the conference and ranks seventh in forced turnovers per game under new defensive coordinator Bill McGovern, who has missed the last four games with an undisclosed illness.
Quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson has thrown for 2,694 yards, 24 touchdowns and seven interceptions with a 69.8% completion rate and a 158.7 passer rating so far in 2022. The fifth-year starter is also he has rushed for 543 yards and nine touchdowns. Running back Zach Charbonnet has rushed for 1,240 yards and 13 touchdowns on 7.3 yards per carry, leading Pac-12 ball carriers in all three categories, despite missing games against Alabama State and Arizona State, along with 299 receiving yards in 33 catches.
Transfer receiver from Duke Jake Bobo has emerged as the top pick in the passing game this fall, leading the way with 727 yards and six touchdowns on 47 receptions, while receiver Kazmeir Allen has had 606 total yards and four touchdowns. in 63 touches. Edge running backs Laiatu Latu and Grayson Murphy have combined for 14.5 sacks and 20.0 tackles for loss.
The Bears are 3-7 after opening the year 3-1 with wins over UC Davis, UNLV and Arizona. Cal then went on a six-game losing streak, but snapped it last week against rival Stanford in a 27-20 win.
Cal is averaging 23.5 points per game, which ranks 97th in the country, while allowing 27.2. The Bears rank 6th in passing yards, 12th in rushing yards and 10th in total offensive yards among Pac-12 teams this season. Their defense allows for the most passing yards in the league, as well as the sixth most rushing yards.
Quarterback Jack Plummer has thrown for 2,801 yards and 17 touchdowns with nine interceptions on a 61.9% completion rate and a 127.4 passer rating in his first year since transferring from Purdue. Running back Jadyn Ott burst onto the scene as a freshman earlier in the year, but he’s slowed down a bit and now has 842 rushing yards and eight touchdowns on the season.
Wide receiver Jeremiah Hunter leads the Bears with 812 receiving yards on 52 receptions, while receiver J. Michael Sturdivant had 685 yards on 60 receptions. Former Washington linebacker Jackson Sirmon leads his team with 91 tackles to go along with his 5.5 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks and interceptions.
UCLA is 56-34-1 against Cal all-time, including a 7-2 record since 2013. Coach Chip Kelly is 3-1 against the Bears since coming to Westwood, winning the last face-off a face that took place in Berkeley in 2018.
*Odds through SI Sportsbook
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