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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
Radio: 810 AM
— Cal Football (@CalFootball) October 6, 2017
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.
Washington 35, Cal 17
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