Multiple CFB previews in the run-up to the season suggest that the Cal game is one of 2 or 3 games that OSU could feasibly lose (the others are inevitably at NW and at TSUN).
Am I alone in thinking that OSU will have more trouble with a game like last year's near-debacle against Purdue than they will with Cal? I can see the team letting its guard down against Iowa more than I believe we'll struggle at Cal.
Everyone talks about the 'Bear Raid' offense, but Sonny Dykes says he is a couple years away from fully implementing it. He is sticking to running variations on 8 to 13 plays this year because he is starting a true frosh QB and has 3 new OL starters (and the sole returning OL starter is moving positions).
According to Phil Steele's outlook, no Pac-12 is returning fewer starters than Cal. Nationally, Cal ranks 125th out of 126 teams in terms of starting experience.
The only two things I actually worry about are 1) the shadows on the field at Strawberry Canyon as day turns to dusk; 2) the fact that Gus Johnson will call the game, and virtually every game that guy calls comes down to the wire.
EDIT: Cal did not look particularly good against FCS opponent Portland St. last night (at least defensively). However, Cal is ranked #1 in the country in passing YPG (470 per game). On the flip side, they are only 97th in rushing, and 106th in points allowed. As long as Roby and the other DBs are healthy, I think we roll over Cal handily. Thoughts...