Friday, September 28, 2007

Game of the Week

California and Oregon have staged some memorable games in recent seasons, and Saturday's meeting in Eugene has all the potential to be another classic. Each team is 4-0 with resume building victories. The Golden Bears beat up on Tennessee to open the season and the Ducks delivered a knockout of Michigan a week later at Ann Arbor.

With Oregon favored, this one is tough to call. So let's hear what representatives from each side have to say, beginning with Dave from Addicted to Quack:

"Oregon and Cal are two similar teams. Neither defense is very good, and their 'bend, don't break' philosophies have them near the bottom of the league in defense. This means that you are likely to see a shootout. Both teams have great running games, but I think three things stand out as the difference for the Ducks: The Bears have injuries at key positions with DeSean Jackson and Zach Follett, Oregon has a legitimate playmaker at quarterback in Dennis Dixon whereas Cal has Nate Longshore, and the game is at Autzen."

Next up is TwistNHook, representing California Golden Blogs:

"Many people think that this game is going to be a shootout between two top-notch offenses and two less than staunch defenses. If that is true, I feel like Cal can win in the end. We have three great running backs, three great receivers and two really solid tight ends. Plus, DeSean returning punts usually shortens the field, either by shanked punts or solid returns. The only missing piece is Longshore, who has been inconsistent at times. If Longshore can stay consistent, I think this Cal offense is nigh unstoppable. So if it is a shootout, that could favor the Bears."

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