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Cal will rely heavily on Keenan Allen this weekend.
Even if Maynard plays the best game of his collegiate career, he's going to need some help offensively. For that, he'll turn to star wide receiver, Keenan Allen.
Allen was magnificent last year, catching 98 passes for 1,343 yards and six touchdowns. He's been quiet so far this season (only 11 catches for 136 yards), but he's prepared for the Buckeyes.
He spoke to the Oakland Tribune about the game, saying (per the Examiner.com's Jake Curtis):
“It's something I've been looking forward to since I saw the schedule.”
Allen is the one player on the Golden Bears capable of making a big play any time he touches the ball. At 6'3” and 210 pounds, Allen is a huge target, and there's no one in the Ohio State secondary capable of defending him alone.
Even if the Buckeyes focus all of their attention on Allen, Cal head coach Jeff Tedford needs to find some way of getting him the ball. Allen is great at generating yards after catches, and he's always a threat to go the distance. He'll need to get a lot of touches if Cal hopes to outgun Ohio State.