Cal’s defense faces huge challenge in No. 2 Oregon 

Cal football coach Sonny Dykes sees a lot of similarities between the Golden Bears’ offense and the one being run by No. 2 Oregon.

There is a striking difference between the two teams, however.

The high-scoring Ducks are backed by a defense that has allowed only three touchdowns all season, leading to a trio of blowout victories.

Cal, on the other hand, has yet to hold an opponent under 30 points this season. The Bears have been involved in three straight shootouts, their lone win coming against Portland State of the FCS. That likely means the two teams are in for another high-scoring game at Autzen Stadium on Saturday night, and Bears freshman quarterback Jared Goff is openly looking forward to it.

“Every game, we go into it trying to score a lot of points,” Goff said Tuesday. “We know they score a lot of points but that doesn’t change what we do. We’re just going to keep doing what we do every down, every possession.”

Trying to keep pace with Oregon sounds a lot simpler than it actually is. The Ducks are second in the nation in scoring, second in rushing and second in total offense.

“They remind you of a basketball team in some ways because there’s these huge momentum swings that take place in their games a lot of times,” Dykes said. “You watch the film and it’s 7-0, then all of a sudden you look up and it’s 52-0. They make these runs and you have to weather the storm.”

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