The well-rested Oregon Ducks will will face California in their Pac-12 Conference home opener on Saturday at 5 p.m.
Oregon (3-1, 1-0 Pac-12) is the only remaining team in the North Division without a loss and looking to stay atop of the North standings. The No. 13 Ducks have won nine of their last 10 games against Cal (4-1, 1-1) and scored 40 or more points in the last eight matchups vs. the Golden Bears.
Here are 10 stats and numbers you need to know to be the fan dropping knowledge at the tailgate:
BAD NEWS FOR THE BEARS
Cal’s first defeat of the season came with a major blow. Starting quarterback Chase Garbers suffered a right shoulder injury during Cal’s 27-17 loss to Arizona State Friday night. Bears coach Justin Wilcox announced Monday night that the sophomore is out indefinitely.
The Ducks opened as 14-point favorites over the Bears. The line has since shifted to -18 with a 46 total points over/under.
NEXT MAN UP
Bears backup quarterback Devon Modster will likely be in command vs. Oregon. Modster transferred to Cal this past offseason after leaving the UCLA program in 2018. Last Friday in relief, he completed just five of his 12 passes for 23 yards with one interception in the Arizona State end zone. “Honest, I think I played terrible. I could have played a lot better,” Modster told reporters.
DUCK DEFENSE IS DOMINATING
For the first time since 1933, Oregon hasn’t allowed a touchdown in three consecutive games. The Duck defense has kept opponents out of the end zone for 38 consecutive drives.
HERBERT VS. CAL
Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert has nine career touchdown passes vs. Cal, tied for his most against one opponent. The senior looks to extend two nation leading streaks on Saturday: 32 consecutive games with a touchdown pass and 174 attempts without an interception.
Oregon is one of two FBS teams (Wisconsin) that hasn't allowed a first half touchdown this season, while outscoring its opponents 84-15 in the first half through the first four games.
A WIN WOULD…
Improve Oregon to 2-0 in Pac-12 play for the first time since 2013.
BREELAND ALL BUSINESS
Senior Jacob Breeland is the national leader among tight ends with five touchdowns this season. He is fourth in career receiving yards among Oregon tight ends all-time with 1,085. Breeland’s reliability has been crucial, catching 18 of his 21 targets this season.
WATCH OUT FOR HOLLAND
Safety Jevon Holland is coming off a career-high eight tackles and recorded his second interception of the season against Stanford. His seven career interceptions rank second most career interceptions among sophomores in the nation (Syracuse’s Andre Cisco has 9).
CRISTOBAL ON FIRE AT HOME
Oregon looking to improve to 9-1 at home under coach Cristobal against Cal.