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Golden Nuggets: Cal-Oregon Predictions

Since everyone loves Oregon this season, everyone and their mothers have predictions about this game.  And they all say Cal is going to be annihilated.  Start drinking now, Cal fans, because Saturday could get ugly.

ESPN's accuscore simulator ran the Cal-Oregon game 10,000 times and...well, the results aren't pretty.  Oregon averaged outscoring us 41.8 to 18.5.  Cal won 11.2% of the time.  Look forward to James running for 150 and Thomas picking up nearly 200 through the air.  The lone bright spot for Cal is Shane Vereen, who is expected to run for 111 yards.

Ted Miller predicts a blowout.

Oregon 45, California 17: Homecooking or not, Cal and quarterback Brock Mansion, making his second career start, just won't be able to keep up with the Ducks. 

Phil Steele predicts a relatively narrow Oregon victory: 42-27.

Oregon got off to a slow start last week by managed to score 53 points in the final 3Q’s to rout a beat-up Washington team. This week they face a Cal team who is also without their starting QB Riley who is out for the year and last week Mansion hit just 50% of his passes with an 0-2 ratio but they were able to beat Washington St 20-13. LY Cal came into this game avg 49 ppg but were held to just 3 pts in the 42-3 loss. Cal has won 3 str in this series at home by 11 ppg and four of the L/7 have been decided by a TD or less but its tough to go against a Duck team that has been so prolific.

Bruce Feldman predicts a 45-28 Oregon victory.  He thinks Shane Vereen and the Cal D will keep the game close in the first half before Oregon pulls away in the second half.

John Tamahana predicts a 49-16 Oregon victory.

All five CBS writers predict an Oregon victory.

All five Yahoo writers (and 98% of their readers) pick Oregon to win.

Attendance prediction:

The average of this week's predictions is 71,319.19--a sellout!  Given the poor attendance this year and the sub-par year performance-wise, I wouldn't be surprised if attendance is in the 60,000s, but we should have at least 65k at Saturday's game.

After the jump the defense picks up the tempo during practice, the Pac-12 earns a new bowl bid, ESPN projects Cameron Jordan as a first round pick, and men's basketball cruises to a win in an exhibition game.