Bears Can’t Swim Out Of Contest Against The No. 9 Ducks. Oregon – 43 Cal – 15

Posted: November 24, 2011 in ABC Sports, Cal Bear Athletics, CBS Sports, College Sports, Comcast Sports BayArea, Espn, Facebook, Football, Fox Sports, Google, NBC Sports, Twitter, Yahoo Sports, Youtube

 

What’s up sports fans? After a 3-0 start for the Cal Bears their future for this season was looking as golden as they are.  They had beat up on visiting Presbytarin, but now they had a real test in a PAC -12 contender with No. 9 Oregon. I have to say it wasn’t pretty. My statement might have seemed a little ironic. Because in the beginning of the game Cal looked like they might actually contend pretty well with the Ducks. And that’s because they managed to put together a pretty decent defensive stop on the Ducks and took over on downs on the Ducks own 41 yard line. When they got possession of the ball Zach Maynard took the Cal’s offense and scored on a 12 yard pass to Cal’s Keenan Allen. Allen had a big day. He caught 9 passes for 170 yards, but wasn’t happy with his teams performance, “They scored. We kicked field goals,”.

What is also interesting is now that Cal is playing some of their opponents in their own division, speculators will wonder if Cal’s winning in the beginning of the season is because they weren’t playing any real competition. For the Bears it really isn’t a subject they want to discuss. Regardless of what Cal was thinking the Ducks made sure that there would be no speculation about how they would play the Bears. Oregon put up 563 total yards against the Cal’s defense.  Oregon’s Darron Thomas put 198 on the pass and Oregon ground game anything short of excellent. They ran the ball to produce 365 yards. Cal did have a good passing day though, producing 321 yards in the air. What was bad for the Ducks is that Lamichael James injured his arm and didn’t comeback in the game. He wasn’t sure if he’ll be able to play against No. 22 Arizona State but he didn’t rule it out, “We’re gonna wait and see,” he said. “We have the best trainers in the country and I’m sure they are going to get on it ASAP and I’ll be there four times a day so I can get on that field.”

The Bears simply aren’t solid enough to contend with more of big name schools. As soon as they enter into the top ten teams in the country that’s where they struggle. With the struggles they’ve been having it’s causing head coach Jeff Tedford and his coaching staff scrambling for answers. Answers he couldn’t give. When asked if the Bears could finish off the season strong, he just shook his head in a “No” motion and walked away.  One of the things I notice is that they don’t have much of a running game. One thing I remember from my days of playing is that the offense has to be diverse. The reason why is you want to keep the defense guessing. You can’t do that if your offense is one dimension with just the pass or just the run. They have the pass but they have no run game. They could also use a stiffer defense, particularly in the pass rush department. It’s just my take on the game, what’s your take? Tell me what you think. Remember folks it’s ALLBAYAREASPORTS.COM. Bay Area Sports Magnified!

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