Much has been made about the athletes Cal has lost, wrt last year, and how that will impact the defense. I don't really see it that way, and I've been known to be fairly critical. I mean, Cam was a 1st round draft pick and he had a nice career here. But he didn't really play like a freakin' dominant first round draft pick. He wasn't necessarily a "game changer" out there. Mohammed, while a nice story and absolutely excellent as a role player, was never a dominant inside backer either (5th rd pick?). Conte surprised nearly everyone and "put it together", but even he was a 3rd round pick and we won't confuse him for Troy Pauluamaoajadsdjddlu.
Guyton had 2 sacks last week, Kendricks played like a younger version of Patrick Willis last week and, well, our secondary couldn't cover a crock pot. You got me there. However, Cattouse and, to a lesser extent, Campbell have shown they can be athletic and make a play. Thomas is only rushing 3.5 times a game anyways (to date). WE GOT THIS!
We've got depth on the DL should we somehow choose to use it. There aren't many teams that can sub in a Gabe King or Deandre Coleman. Playing the athletic OLBs will give us speed up front and the bye week has allowed us time to install the "stick to the lanes" technique that has been lacking.
Sure, they could have 40+ rolled up on them. It could happen. It certainly did in 2009. As KenCraw recapped, history says Cal plays Oregon very well, in a way that Washington and OSU play Cal well. In 8 contests, Cal has held Oregon under 30 points 7 times. If we can do that, on the road, then we've given our offense a chance to win this.