If it hadn't occurred towards the end of the year, when hopes had been suitably crushed, Cal's loss to Oregon would've been the most disappointing of the year. Oregon was the 2nd worst team in the conference last year, and their win at Haas Pavilion was one of just four conference wins. And Cal lost by 14.
It was particularly galling to be because in every other game between Cal and Paul Westhead's Ducks (4 in total) the Bears won fairly easily. Cal's team speed and ability to run allow to to match up well with Oregon, which is why last season's loss was evidence of a team with no confidence and drive.
But that was last year, and this year is this year. And this year, Oregon has parlayed a decidedly mediocre schedule into a 9-6 record, and sport just one conference win by 2 points at home over a bad Washington squad. That one win was sandwiched between blowout losses to Stanford and Washington St. This is another game that Cal has no business losing, particularly because Amanda Johnson, Oregon's best player, is out with a thumb injury.
This is your gamethread, let's earn a sweep!