Five Keys: Cal - Ole Miss and Gameday Hub

Trace Travers, Publisher
Golden Bear Report

Rob Kinnan - USA Today Sports

BERKELEY, CA - It's the first matchup between Ole Miss and Cal, the first time the Bears have played an SEC team since the legendary 2007 game against Tennessee, and the final non-conference game before the start of the Pac-12 conference schedule. It's Cal's 33rd night game since the start of 2012 (3rd most in the conference, behind the Arizona schools), and a chance to finish the non-conference schedule where few thought they could be, undefeated.

There's a few things that the Bears need to do to pull this one out, against a talented Ole Miss crew that comes into the Bay Area not having played their best yet.

1. Get More Receivers involved, test an untested secondary

This is something that made Ross Bowers successful in game one against UNC, something that he couldn't do against Weber State, getting Vic Wharton involved, but not entirely connecting with Demetris Robertson. Bowers and D-Rob haven't entirely connected, despite Robertson being the most targeted receiver. He's not the only one that the Bears could use getting going. Kanawai Noa hasn't gotten the amount of targets it'd seemed like he would get coming out of fall camp, and Jordan Duncan, the Hattiesburg, MS native is hyped up for this game against the coach who recruited him in Jacob Peeler and against many friends. He's also a talented receiver who can stretch the Ole Miss defense and test a DB group that hasn't been tested at all, due to the inability to stop the run.

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