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Golden Nuggets: Football (And Other Fall Sports) Season Previews

Michael Saffell has done a great job continuing Patrick Laird’s Reading Challenge

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  • This extensive football preview by Josh Yuen breaks down how the Cal team felt after the Cheez-It Bowl loss and how they will look to improve this year.

In 2018, Cal had the talent to compete with the top programs in the Pac-12 — just ask Washington and USC. A dazzling defensive breakout, highlighted by a conference-best 28 forced turnovers and Weaver’s FBS-leading 159 tackles, made marquee wins over the Huskies and Trojans possible.

But last year’s squad also struggled with consistency and protecting the football when it mattered most — just ask UCLA, Washington State and Stanford. A puzzling offensive performance, which began with a three-quarterback carousel in week one and saw four quarterbacks take game reps by the season’s end, are at the forefront of what kept Cal from contention for a Pac-12 North title.

Eliminating its own offensive miscues and duplicating last season’s defensive efficiency will be Cal’s key to flipping the script, as many college football analysts expect the Bears to remain steady as the No. 5 team in the North.

  • With eight starters returning, Cal’s defense is looking as strong as ever.
  • Chase Garbers is very confident the offense will be really good this year.
  • Very informative: Jeff Faraudo’s five things that will make or break this season.
  • Find out how Nikko Remigio earned himself the top wide receiver spot.
  • Trace Travers looks at the game notes for both Cal and UC Davis and shares with us his wisdom.
  • Nam breaks down the odds of whether Cal can finally win two games against their in-state rivals this season.
  • Michael Saffell continued Patrick Laird’s reading challenge and has done a great job.


Beat the Aggies!