Game Hub: Washington

Trace Travers, Publisher
Golden Bear Report
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Cal heads up to the Pacific Northwest, in a homecoming for QB Ross Bowers, LB Devante Downs, and QB coach Marques Tuiasosopo, where the Bears take on Washington tonight.

It's Justin Wilcox's first matchup with Chris Petersen as a head coach, the man that took him on as a defensive coordinator at Boise State in 2006. Wilcox is 1-2 against Petersen-led squads as a defensive coordinator, falling in the 2012 Las Vegas Bowl and a matchup in 2015 while Wilcox was at USC, with the win coming in the 2013 Washington - Boise State season opener (a 38-6 win).

It's up to Wilcox to show Petersen that the circle is now complete, Wilcox left him as the learner, now he is the master, as the Bears have struggled with offensive rhythm over the past few weeks, while the defense needs to rebound after a poor effort against the run at Oregon.

What: Cal at #6 Washington

Where: Husky Stadium

Time: 7:45 PM PST

TV: ESPN

Radio: 810 AM

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To be frank, this will be a tough matchup for Cal. While Jake Browning isn't the best quarterback that the Bears have faced to this point, he's accurate, he has the control of the offense, and he has one of the best collections of system, skill position talent and offensive line experience in the conference, if not the country.

Then comes the defense, which has skill at every level, with very good coaching across the board. This is not the best group to try to get an offensive grove back, as Washington contains explosive plays better than just about everyone, allowing seven of those over the first five games.

If there is a weakness of Washington, it's in the kicking game, where they've made only half of their field goal attempts and have a kicking competition going.

Either way, the Cal coaching staff has framed this game as an opportunity all week. Whether that opportunity available to be taken advantage of remains to be seen. The Bears are going to have to show a lot of growth from week to week to be in this game.

Prediction:

Washington 35, Cal 17

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Below is all of the content on Cal vs. UW from the past week.

Monday, October 2nd

The Novel: Oregon

Wilcox: On Execution Errors From Saturday

Devante Downs on Consistency and Staying Low Key

Jordan Veasy: On Increased Attention to Detail

Tuesday, October 3rd

Five Things: Washington

Cal Depth Chart: Washington

Beau Baldwin: On Resiliency of the Offense

Ross Bowers: On Going Back Home, Familiarity with UW

Wednesday, October 4th

A Look at UW: Going through the Depth Chart and Numbers

Justin Wilcox: On What Washington's Offense Does Well, Punt Game

Tim DeRuyter: On Washington and Opportunity

Ray Davison: On Devante Downs and Torre Becton

Thursday, October 5th

An In-Depth Look at the Nuance of the UW Offense

A Look at Cal's OL Depth Struggle in Recruiting and Future Plans

Friday, October 6th

In Depth on the Washington Defense

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