The Trojans defense is fresh off an outstanding performance against the number one passing offense in the country and USC is the big favorite over the Cal for the game this Saturday, but the Ed Orgeron has no intention of letting his team take the Bears lightly.
“The spread offense has given us problems,” Coach O said after practice Tuesday. “We have to respect our opponent and go out there and play very well.”
Orgeron was quick to point out Cal’s speed on offense, their ability to throw the ball down field and the difficulties of defending a no-huddle offense.
The Bears don’t always put up a lot of points, but they do have a potent passing offense, ranking third behind Oregon State and Washington State in passing yards per game.
With a high volume of attempts (Cal averages just a few passes more a game than the Cougars), Jared Goff will have plenty of chances to put pressure on the Trojan secondary who did well against the Beavers but have proven vulnerable to quick strikes. Cal is among the top teams in the Pac-12 in generating long passing plays, outpacing every other team in plays longer than 50 yards.