Cal Golden Bears Preview 2022: Season Prediction, Breakdown, Key Games, Players

Cal College Football Preview 2022: Team breakdown, season prediction, keys to the campaign, and what you need to know

Cal Golden Bears Preview 2022: Previewing, predicting, and looking ahead to the Cal season with what you need to know and keys to the season.


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Cal Golden Bears Preview
Head Coach: Justin Wilcox, 6th year at Cal, 26-28
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Cal Golden Bears Preview 2022

It really is possible to have a good, winning team in the Pac-12 North.

Oregon State was good enough to go bowling last year. So was Washington State. Cal probably would’ve been able to get to six wins if it hadn’t been hammered with COVID issues before the Arizona game, but it shouldn’t have come down to that.

The program has the potential to rise up, Justin Wilcox really is a good head coach with a strong staff, but …

Enough. It’s time for Cal to start winning more college football games.

26-28 in five seasons and 15-25 in the Pac-12, Wilcox’s teams started out with great defenses, had a little bit of success with two straight winning campaigns, and now it’s just sort of … meh.

The offense was in the middle of the production pack last season, the defense slipped, and there wasn’t any consistency whatsoever. Now the team has to replace just about all the key parts, but there’s hope for a quick turnaround.

The Bears lost five games by a touchdown or less. Most of those were against mediocre-to-bad teams, but it’s not going to take all that much to finally break through.

No, this isn’t going to be a Pac-12 Championship season, but if the defense can get back to its previous form, and the offense confined something to rely on after struggling to average 24 points per game, this can all change in a hurry.

Cal Golden Bears Preview 2022: Offense

For all of its stalls and misfires, in some ways the offense had its best season yet under Wilcox. There was enough of a running game to take over at times – more on that in a bit – and the 5.9 yards per play were the most in five years.

There’s a whole lot of reworking to do with most of the starters gone, but some nice fill-ins from the transfer portal and the depth from last season will play a big role right away.

The running game loses leading rusher Christopher Brooks to BYU, but there was a good rotation with the 220-pound Damien Moore good enough to be the main man in the rotation. Even with all of the changes and shifts on the offense, the line should be good enough to keep pounding away.

This depth of last year will fill in the gaps, there should be a little shuffling of the deck – starting guard Ben Coleman might move to tackle – and everything will be fine as long as the line can continue to keep defenses out of the backfield.

Longtime starting QB Chase Garbers is done, but the spot was filled in fast with the addition of Purdue QB Jack Plummer. He’s a solid veteran who’ll take over without a problem, but the downfield passing game has to emerge even though most of the top targets are gone. However, leading returning receiver Jeremiah Hunter averaged over 18 yards per catch.

Cal Golden Bears Preview 2022: Defense

The Bears is loaded with defensive coaching talent, and now they’ve got the work cut out for them. The D was good overall, but it had a bad knack of not coming up with the big stop in the big moment.

It was awful on third downs, the pass rush was just okay, and it lost all three games when it gave up 200 rushing yards. Like the offensive side, most of the key parts have to be replaced. Also like the offense, there shouldn’t be that much of a concern with a good group seemingly ready to step in and fill the void.

The linebacking corps should be the strength Washington transfer Jackson Sirmon coming in to go along with 240-pound thumper Femi Oladejo on the inside and third-leading tackler Muelu Iosefa. The key will be to replace the pass rushing production of Cameron Goode on the outside, but Orin Patu is a veteran who’s been in the mix.

The line has good size across the from three, with 340-pound Ricky Correia a big body on the nose and Ethan Saunders taking on a bigger role at one end. Getting Xavier Carlton from Arizona State will help the pass rush.

The secondary can hit. Leading tackler Daniel Scott is back after an 82-stop season, and Lu-Magia Hearns is a quick veteran corner. The Bears didn’t get gouged through the air after the first part of last season, but they also didn’t face a slew of high-powered passing games over the second half of the campaign. There aren’t that many on the schedule this year, either.

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College Football Rankings, Season Predictions: Pac-12 Spring Version 2022

Pac-12 spring football rankings and predictions with best and worst case scenarios for every team

Pac-12 college football rankings and predictions with the realistic best and worst case records and quick analysis – the 2022 spring version.


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It’s almost like the Pac-12 took a year off to get ready for what’s coming.

Washington certainly took a break, Stanford went to sleep after a decent start, and USC all but put out the Not Interested sign after the season was blown up  with the early firing of Clay Helton.

Arizona is improving – last year was likely a step back to take a big leap forward, even if it’s still going to take another season or so.

UCLA showed glimpses of getting stronger, Oregon State and Washington State had some fun, and Utah got to the top of the Pac-12 mountain.

This year, though, the conference looks like it’s going to improve all the way around before all the things are in place to blast off in 2023.

Lincoln Riley at USC, Oregon settling in with Dan Lanning, Washington about to crank up the O with Kalen DeBoer – the Pac-12 is going to be fun.

Where to the 12 teams appear to be this spring? How good are they?

The Pac-12 spring rankings are based on how good the teams should be and not the final projected records. Keeping in mind that this all could/might/will change when we make the final calls in August …

2022 College Football Schedules By Teams: All 131 Schools

NFL Draft Best Picks of All-Time From Every Pac-12 School

Who are the Pac 12’s greatest NFL Draft picks of all-time? Here are the top three best picks from each Pac 12 program.

Who are the best NFL Draft picks from each of the Pac-12 programs. Which players turned into the greatest stars at the next level?


USC is as good as anyone when it comes to cranking out historic NFL draft picks, and the Pac-12 overall isn’t bad, but some programs are shockingly light.

Who were the best draft picks ever from the Pac-12 programs?

This isn’t a list of the top pro players to come from the Pac-12 schools – these are the best draft picks.

If a player had a great run for someone other than the team that drafted him, he gets knocked down a peg, or isn’t on the list at all.

The goal for any draft pick is to get a player who performs at a high level for a long period of time, so longevity matters.

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College Basketball Predictions: Conference Tournament Picks, Wednesday

College basketball picks, predictions, and what will happen for the Wednesday conference tournament games.

College basketball picks, predictions, and what will happen for the Wednesday conference tournament games.


College Basketball Predictions: Wednesday

What’s going to happen and who’ll win all the college basketball conference tournament games on Wednesday? Click for full previews and predictions for the biggest games, but for all of the rest, here’s a quick look at what will happen along with the picks and lines.

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Arizona vs Cal College Basketball Prediction, Game Preview

Arizona vs Cal prediction, college basketball game preview, how to watch, lines, and why each team might – or might not – win on Saturday.

Arizona vs Cal prediction, college basketball game preview, how to watch: Saturday, March 5


Arizona vs Cal How To Watch

Date: Saturday, March 5
Game Time: 5:00 ET
Venue: McKale Center, Tucson, AZ
How To Watch: Pac-12 Network
Record: Arizona (27-3), Cal (12-18)
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Cal Football Schedule 2022: 3 Things To Know

Cal football schedule. The 2022 schedule with 3 things to know

Cal football schedule 2022: Who does Cal miss on the Pac-12 schedule and what are 3 things to know?


Cal Football Schedule 2022

Sept 3 UC Davis

Sept 10 UNLV

Sept 17 at Notre Dame

Sept 24 Arizona

Oct 1 at Washington State

Oct 8 OPEN DATE

Oct 15 at Colorado

Oct 22 Washington

Oct 29 Oregon

Nov 5 at USC

Nov 12 at Oregon State

Nov 19 Stanford

Nov 25 UCLA

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Cal Football Schedule What To Know: Who do the Golden Bears miss from the Pac-12 South Division?

The Bears can’t complain too much about who they miss from the Pac-12 South. The have to go to USC and close out the regular season against UCLA, but they also catch the monster break of playing both Arizona and Colorado.

If you’re going to miss two teams in the Pac-12, Utah and Arizona State aren’t bad to skip.

The breaks are even bigger in the North with Oregon and Washington having to come to Berkeley.

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The road game at Notre Dame is a problem, but that and the manageable trip to Washington State are the only games against teams that went bowling last year in the first seven games.

It’s the wrong way to put it considering USC is a part of this, but there are just five games against teams that were bowl eligible, and none of them – other than Notre Dame – are an almost certain loss.

Cal Football Schedule What To Know: What does it all really mean?

It’s not bad.

Cal always seems to get hit with rough schedules against top teams that make it almost impossible to get to six wins without a lot of luck. That’s not the case this time around.

With this schedule, there’s no excuse not to have at least four wins banked before November, and it could and should be even more.

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USC vs Cal Prediction, College Basketball Game Preview

USC vs Cal prediction, college basketball game preview, how to watch, lines, and why each team might – or might not – win on Saturday.

USC vs Cal prediction, college basketball game preview, how to watch: Saturday, January 29


USC vs Cal How To Watch

Date: Saturday, January 29
Game Time: 7:00 ET
Venue: Galen Center, Los Angeles, CA
How To Watch: Pac-12 Network
Record: USC (17-3), Cal (9-11)
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Why Cal Will Win

USC should be more at Cal’s speed.

The Bears are struggling a wee bit lately because they can’t hit from three, they’re not taking the ball away enough to help the cause with easy points, and they can’t rebound well enough.

However, they were able to keep up for a half in the 77-63 loss to the Trojans back in early January by doing a good job on the free throw line and with just eight turnovers.

USC isn’t the type of team that’s going to boat race anyone with its outside shooting, it can’t hit free throws, and it does nothing to take the ball away. But …

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Why USC Will Win

Cal is on a six-game losing streak because it can’t score.

Even when it does have a little luck putting up points, it’s only because the games are already over.

USC will destroy the Bears on the boards – it out-rebounded them 38-24 the first time around – and there won’t be any real problems scoring on the inside.

The loss to Stanford a few days ago should only make things worse for Cal. The Trojans weren’t bad, but they never got into a rhythm. That won’t be a problem. There won’t be enough happening from the outside to matter, and Cal won’t get the rebound in way too many one-and-done possessions.

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What’s Going To Happen

Really, Cal just can’t score.

It struggles to get to 60 points, it has a hard time manufacturing easy shots, and it doesn’t have the three-point shooters to get over the top of the big Trojans on the inside.

Unlike the first meeting, USC should have this well under control after about ten minutes.

USC vs Cal Prediction, Lines

USC 76, Cal 63
Line: USC -12, o/u: 129
ATS Confidence out of 5: 3

Must See Rating: 2.5

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UCLA vs Cal Prediction, College Basketball Game Preview

UCLA vs Cal prediction, college basketball game preview, how to watch, lines, and why each team might – or might not – win on Thursday.

UCLA vs Cal prediction, college basketball game preview, how to watch: Thursday, January 27


UCLA vs Cal How To Watch

Date: Thursday, January 27
Game Time: 9:00 ET
Venue: Pauley Pavilion, Los Angeles, CA
How To Watch: Pac-12 Network
Record: UCLA (14-2), Cal (9-10)
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Why Cal Will Win

It’s been a rough run on a five-game losing streak, but the defense hasn’t been all that bad.

There isn’t the offensive firepower to keep up if UCLA gets rolling early, but the Bears aren’t going to give away a whole lot of easy points with turnovers and mistakes, and it’s aggressive enough to keep this from getting out of hand if this becomes about threes.

UCLA might be winning, but it hasn’t been consistent from the field. When it’s not connecting from the outside it struggles a bit, and again, Cal is good at defending the three.

However …

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Why UCLA Will Win

Cal doesn’t score.

It doesn’t take a whole lot of threes, it doesn’t have the ability to play with any tempo against the better teams, and for all the good things the team does defensively, it doesn’t generate enough easy points.

UCLA is the most careful team with the ball in the Pac-12.

Yeah, it needs the three to make things easy, but it doesn’t have to take a whole lot of chances here. Just don’t give Cal transition points, take the time and be deliberate for the right shot, and wait for that one spurt.

A 9-0 run should be enough to put this away.

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What’s Going To Happen

After a brilliant performance to pull away from Arizona in a big, defining win, can UCLA keep the momentum going and maintain the same fire for a struggling Cal?

Probably not, but it shouldn’t matter.

Again, Cal really is decent overall on defense – it only lost 60-52 in the first meeting a few weeks ago – but it got bombed by Arizona and it’s going to have a problem in the second half once the Bruin playmakers kick it all in.

All of the UCLA stars will get their chances.

UCLA vs Cal Prediction, Lines

UCLA 67, Cal 55
Line: COMING, o/u: COMING
ATS Confidence out of 5: COMING

Must See Rating: 2.5

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Pac 12 Football Schedule 2022 Composite, Every Team’s Schedule

2022 Pac 12 Football Schedule. Composite schedule, and Arizona, Arizona State, Cal, Colorado, Oregon, Oregon State, Stanford, UCLA, USC, Utah, Washington, Washington State

Pac 12 football schedule 2022 composite, every team’s schedule.


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Pac 12 Football Schedule Composite 2022

Pac 12 Football Schedules
Arizona | Arizona State | CalColorado
Oregon | Oregon StateStanford | UCLA
USC | UtahWashington | Washington St

Pac 12 Football Schedule Week 1

Thursday, September 1
Northern Arizona at Arizona State

Friday, September 2
TCU at Colorado

Saturday, September 3
Arizona at San Diego State
UC Davis at Cal
Georgia at Oregon
Boise State at Oregon State
Colgate at Stanford
Bowling Green at UCLA
Rice at USC
Utah at Florida
Kent State at Washington
Idaho at Washington State

Pac 12 Football Schedule Week 2

Saturday, September 10
Mississippi State at Arizona
Arizona State at Oklahoma State
Cal at UNLV
Colorado at Air Force
Eastern Washington at Oregon
Oregon State at Fresno State
USC at Stanford
Alabama State at UCLA
Southern Utah at Utah
Portland State at Washington
Washington State at Wisconsin

Pac 12 Football Schedule Week 3

Saturday, September 17
North Dakota State at Arizona
Eastern Washington at Arizona State
Cal at Notre Dame
Colorado at Minnesota
BYU at Oregon
Texas State at Oregon State
South Alabama at UCLA
Fresno State at USC
San Diego State at Utah
Michigan State at Washington
Colorado State at Washington State
OPEN DATE: Stanford

Pac 12 Football Schedule Week 4

Saturday, September 24
Arizona at Cal
Utah at Arizona State
UCLA at Colroado
Oregon at Washington State
Oregon State at USC
Stanford at Washington

Pac 12 Football Schedule Week 5

Saturday, October 1
Colorado at Arizona
Arizona State at USC
Cal at Washington State
Stanford at Oregon
Oregon State at Utah
Washington at UCLA

Pac 12 Football Schedule Week 6

Saturday, October 8
Oregon at Arizona
Washington at Arizona State
Stanford at Oregon State
Utah at UCLA
Washington State at USC
OPEN DATE: Cal, Colorado

Pac 12 Football Schedule Week 7

Saturday, October 15
Washington at Arizona
Colorado at Cal
Washington State at Oregon State
Stanford at Notre Dame
Utah at USC
OPEN DATE: Arizona State, Oregon, UCLA

Pac 12 Football Schedule Week 8

Saturday, October 22
Stanford at Arizona State
Cal at Washington
Oregon State at Colorado
UCLA at Oregon
OPEN DATE: Arizona, USC, Utah, Washington State

Pac 12 Football Schedule Week 9

Saturday, October 29
USC at Arizona
Arizona State at Colorado
Oregon at Cal
UCLA at Stanford
Utah at Washington State
OPEN DATE: Oregon State, Washington

Pac 12 Football Schedule Week 10

Saturday, November 5
Arizona at Utah
UCLA at Arizona State
Cal at USC
Oregon at Colorado
Oregon State at Washington
Washington State at Stanford

Pac 12 Football Schedule Week 11

Friday, November 11
Colorado at USC

Saturday, November 12
Arizona at UCLA
Arizona State at Washington State
Cal at Oregon State
Washington at Oregon
Stanford at Utah

Pac 12 Football Schedule Week 12

Saturday, November 19
Washington State at Arizona
Oregon State at Arizona State
Stanford at Cal
Colorado at Washington
Oregon at Utah
USC at UCLA

Pac 12 Football Schedule Week 13

Friday, November 25
Arizona State at Arizona
UCLA at Cal
Oregon State at Oregon

Saturday, November 27
Utah at Colorado
BYU at Stanford
Notre Dame at USC
Washington State at Washington

Friday, December 2
Pac-12 Football Championship Game presented by 76 (Allegiant Stadium, Las Vegas)

Pac 12 Football Schedules
Arizona | Arizona State | CalColorado
Oregon | Oregon StateStanford | UCLA
USC | UtahWashington | Washington St
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