The Oregon State football team faces a foe in California in a similar state as the Beavers.
Both teams have long-time veteran coaches — Jeff Tedford for the Bears — who have done well with their programs, but haven’t won the big one yet.
Cal has a program established and churns out many NFL players. The Bears, however, are not as potent as they once were.
“We were so far ahead of last year,” Tedford said. “We were able to do more on offense this spring. Going into the spring it was important some offensive linemen step up, and the tight end as well. We needed to evaluate the young tailbacks and have them grow up.”
Last year’s game was winnable for the Beavers, but couldn’t stop a lackluster offense.
Cal is hoping its development improves the team. There are no superstars on the roster.
The Beavers get Cal at home for Game 11 on Nov. 17. I have the Beavers being able to reach six wins, and this could be No. 6.
OSU could be worn out by that point with eight straight weeks of football in a 10-week stretch due to the bye week being so early. And Cal has a tendency to stumble at the end.
Here’s the PR look at the Cal spring game.
Here’s a newspaper’s look at the spring game.
Here’s a good rundown of where the Bears are at.
So, will the Beavers be bowl eligible before the Civil War?