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  1. One word: Devastating. Edit: We literally handed it to them, twice. positive note: watch out pac-12
  2. Bama and Michigan State takedown 2 undefeated teams.
  3. It’s a good thing Michigan’s strength is on the interior If our secondary can keep things under control, I’m confident in our defense against the run. Going to be an exciting matchup for sure.
  4. Well I’m glad I wasn’t scheduled for a game on this chaotic Saturday Evening. Israel Carlson is a beast, I’m excited to see him match up against my inside backers. Oregon State is not to be slept on. Also can’t forget the defensive matchup between Oklahoma and Texas Tech!
  5. Just here to say RANK CAL
  6. Golden Nation: Bye Week Catch-Up Photo: Naiquon Barner (left) and Zachary McFadden (right) before win at USC. A Hot Start Starting off 3-1 the Golden Bears are starting to pick up some attention around the country! In week 6 California sits at #18 in the BCS Poll, while sitting 27th at 10 votes in the Coaches Poll. Currently 2-0 in out of conference play with wins over Kansas State and Houston, the Golden Bears are taking this bye week to prepare for a 3-1 Michigan team sitting #17 in the BCS Poll. Cal also found themselves move up 2 spots into 4th in the Pac-12 Network rankings this week. That is the highest position since Cal has been ranked since the Pac-12 Network began the series. It's exciting to watch this team play now that they have found themselves an offensive identity. Last year McFadden found himself as the offense's workhorse, this year with redshirt freshman Naiquon Barner making an impact in the backfield, this Cal running game is a volatile force to look out for this season. McFadden is currently on a 4 game 100-yard rushing streak at the moment and aims to keep it going next week. The running game has had the biggest impact in Cal's hot start this season, but Nick Ellison has also improved in the pass game. Ellsion the redshirt junior Quarterback struggled last year, but now leads the Pac-12 in completion percentage sitting at 67.96%. It seems as if he's matured as a leader, leading his team in a close double overtime win at Kansas State and close upset against USC. Next week the Golden Bears head to Ann Arbor aiming to stay perfect in out of conference play, while keeping their top 25 hopes alive. Photo: True freshman free safety Quincy Sterling breaking up pass to Oregon receiver. Run Defense The most overlooked part of this California team is definitely their rush defense. Only allowing 39.75 rushing yards per game and only 1 rushing TD allowed so far, the Golden Bears lead the Pac-12 in rush defense this season. Stopping the run is extremely important for this Cal defense, by forcing teams to be more one dimensional it allows their secondary to be more focused on the pass which has proven to work statistically as well. A huge part of this run defense's success are inside linebackers D'Andre Phillips and Phillip Randall leading the charge, this defense has the inside run on lock. Redshirt junior D'Andre Phillips currently leads the Pac-12 in tackles at 22 and has also accounted for a sack, and a touchdown for the Golden Bears already this season. While redshirt freshman Phillip Randall sits 4th in the Pac-12 in tackles at 18, with 1 sack, 1 fumble recovery, and 1 blocked pass. Only allowing 160 passing yards allowed per game can most definitely be attributed to the pressure brought by Cal's front seven. Redshirt sophomore Jamal Dorsey is a key instrument to the pressure applied against opposing quarterbacks. He currently sits at 11 tackles, 3 sacks, 3 interceptions, and 1 blocked pass on the season, not only is he causing chaos in the backfield but he's leading the team in interceptions! Remaining Schedule Where do see the rest of Cal's season going? Will they be a Pac-12 North contender? Will they be a top 25 team? Will they even go bowling this year? @ #21 Michigan @ Washington State #19 Washington BYE @ Oregon State Utah @Arizona State BYE #23 UCLA Stanford *Uses AP Coaches Poll for rankings
  8. Marcus Hightower is listed twice on my gamesheet. Unfortunately, Josh Allman exposed my secondary tonight. On a positive note at least my defense hasn't given up over 100 yards rushing in a game yet. GG! @bingo415
  9. Also, Rank Maryland you cowards
  10. I can live with Ellison's performance, no turnovers, and only 2 incompletions. Naiquon Barner got his first carries today! He's going to complement McFadden well this year.
  11. Colorado almost got it done! Also I don't ever want to schedule Rice.
  12. K State and Texas Tech was a good game, the wildcats are definitely not a team to sleep on
  13. Golden Nation: 2023 Week 3 Preview Week 2 Recap: California: 30 - Kansas State: 27 After a 30-27 double overtime victory in Manhattan, Kansas last week the Golden Bears saw success and some things they should be concerned about. To start with the positives, redshirt senior Zachary McFadden had an excellent performance: (20 carries 125 yards 2 TDs, 2 catches, 29 yards). California's coaching staff took advantage of McFadden's speed working him on the outside. The offensive line which was a question mark going into this season held up well only allowing 1 sack, and allowing McFadden and Ellison to be productive in the run game. A major question mark going into the spring game for this Cal offense was the quarterback position. Nick Ellison (21/31, 188 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT, 8 carries, 53 yards) was named the starting signal caller and did what he needed to do. He managed to move the ball through the air well enough to keep the play call selection balanced and also opened up a huge 40 yard carry for himself. Not to take away from redshirt freshman Zachary Riggin's pick-6, but this defense's secondary needs to take this week to make some major adjustments if Cal plans on being competitive in Pac-12 play. Week 3 Preview: Houston at California This is going to be an exciting match up for Cal's head coach who gets the chance to face off against his old program. Entering his first full season as the Golden Bears head coach, noodlz2 aims to make a bowl game which he hasn't done since he was at Houston during the 2021 season. Both teams started their seasons off against Big XII teams. Omar Workman and the Cougars had a bye week following their game against Baylor week 0. Houston does have a quarterback and receivers capable of taking advantage of California's secondary. However, Baylor had forced them to play very one-dimensional shutting down their run game and capitalizing on turnovers. With true freshman Jamie King suffering from mild hamstring tendinitis this week, this Golden Bears defense is missing their starting nickelback. Redshirt junior Nicholas Ragland is going to have to step up and fill the role. It'll be interesting to see how Cal's secondary matches up against Houston's sophomore receiver duo Mohamed Barrett and Benjamin Hampton who were originally recruited to Houston by noodlz2. Both receivers are going to force the experienced leader Shaq Kimbrough to work on the outside and should be a good matchup to keep an eye on. Golden Bears inside linebacker De'Andre Phillips (Jr) 6'4 252 pounds facing off against Cooper Christianson (Jr) 6'0 202 pounds between the tackles will be an important match up in the run game for both sides. Statistical Breakdown Houston - California Points For: 20 - 30 Points Allowed: 41 - 27 Passing YPG: 207 - 188 Rushing YPG: 51 - 178 Passing Yards Allowed: 241 - 306 Rushing Yards Allowed: 155 - 57 Turnover Margin: -2 - 0
  14. noodlz2

    [2023] Week #2 - FNF

    @Swipet exciting game to start the season! Zachary McFadden had a night. Zachary Riggins with a huge pick 6 in his first career start. Time to tune things up for Houston next week..
  15. noodlz2

    [2023] Week #0 - TNF

    Colorado State seemed to play more disciplined than Stanford and it paid off for them. Nothing surprising from the UCLA game, the Bruins had a field day through the air though.
  16. The dark horse riding into Pac-12 after dark
  17. We'll see who runs the Bay Week 16
  18. Well if you'd look at that, now all we need solid QB play and our defense to keep us in games.
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