Cal gave up the most points in program history in 2013. The 551 points the Bears conceded (second worst in the nation by points per game) didn’t feel like a record that could ever be touched. Cal’s second worst scoring defense in program history (sixth worst in the nation by points per game) a year later gave up 477 points.
That ignominious record is in danger in 2016.
Cal has conceded 456 points through ten games, which is the worst mark in college football (Oregon is next-to-last, conceding 435 points overall). If Cal stays on pace and gives up 45 to 46 points a game in their final two games, the Bears would give up 548 points, putting them shy of that 551 point mark.
However, given that the Cal defense has conceded 47, 49, 45, 66, and 56 points in the last five games, and has only surrendered less than 40 points twice, that estimate is probably on the more optimistic outlook.
- Cal is surrendering 283.4 rushing yards per game, second worst in the nation ahead of Nevada.
- Cal is surrendering 6.19 rushing yards per attempt, second worst in the nation ahead of Arkansas.
- Cal is surrendering 540.5 total yards per game, second worst in the nation behind Texas Tech by only half a yard.
- Cal is surrendering 6.76 yards per play, fifth worst in the nation behind Arkansas, ASU, Texas Tech and Rice.
- Cal is 7th worst in allowing 3rd down conversions, giving up first downs 48.5% of the time.
- Cal is 4th worst in allowing red zone conversions, giving up touchdowns 77% of the time.