I had the chance to watch a fair bit of the NW/Cal game last night and thought a discussion about killing off the so-called "Bear Raid" would be fun. I'm not worried about our offense against their D. Aside from the "keep their offense off the field" strategy, here is my two cents.
Bear Raid is really simple stuff, with lots of dink-dunk passing; quick slants and outs, balls to their backs coming out into the flat. Some play action passing and misdirection with their minimal running game. They run enough to keep the defense honest, but their bread and butter is passing. Soft coverage will kill us...and I see a lot of nickel and dime against Cal with very aggressive man. We've got to take their receivers out of rhythm, cover their backs in the flat and make Goff take that extra second to release the ball. If we succeed in slowing him down in the pocket by a second or two, it will be his undoing.
Goff primarily did a 3 step drop and got rid of the ball fast enough that NW's D Line never really got their hands on him. As a matter of fact, in the footage I watched, I dont think that they ever made him pay. Our bigger, stronger faster guys have to Bull Rush and get their hands up. Lots of opportunities for tipped balls.
NW never really stunted or disguised their coverages very well. Goff had quick, easy throws against a predictable defensive backfield. Roby wont have time to bait Goff, but disguising coverage should be effective.
Have at it!