Oregon State had a huge showdown with one of the northern California Pac-12 teams last Saturday. California doesn't figure to put up anywhere near the fight provided by Stanford, though.
The Beavers were still in line to earn a trip to the Pac-12 Championship Game before a late fumble cost them the lead last week. They are now focused on finishing strong and securing a top bowl game.
Cal (3-8, 2-6) officially lost any chance of a bowl game two weeks ago with a loss to Washington.
Oregon State has won 10 of the last 12 games in this series, but Cal was victorious last season. This is a much-improved Beaver squad, though. Stealing a win in Corvalis won't be easy.
When: Saturday, Nov. 17 at 10:30 p.m. ET
Where: Reser Stadium, Corvalis, OR
Watch: Pac-12 Network
Live Stream: Pac-12 Video
Radio: Free Football Radio
Betting Line (via OddsShark)
Over/Under: OFF, Spread: Off
Cal has lost four straight games in this series, and it is about to be five. Odds for this game are not yet set, most likely awaiting the status of quarterback Cody Vaz. He's listed as day to day.
Cody Vaz isn't practicing today. He's moving around very gingerly. Heavy limp favoring that ankle. #GoBeavs— Erik Elken (@Erik_Elken) November 12, 2012
Injury Report (via USA Today)
Zach Maynard, QB, Questionable (Knee)
J.P. Hurrell LB, Questionable (Concussion)
Matt Summers-Gavin, OL, Questionable (Knee)
Bryce Treggs, WR, Questionable (Ankle)
Keenan Allen, WR, Questionable (Knee)
Mustafa Jalil, DL, Out (Knee)
Dominic Galas, OL, Out (Appendix)
Jason Gibson, LB, Out (Foot)
Cody Vaz, QB, Day-to-Day (Ankle)
Josh Williams,LB, Out (Suspension)
The No. 16 Beavers still have a bowl game on their horizon. A loss last week cost them a shot at the Rose Bowl, but they are in the hunt for one of several high-profile games.
A win will push them further up the BCS rankings, while Cal's season won't include postseason play.
Cal Player to Watch: Keenan Allen, WR
It is hard to pin down this slot, as there is no decision made on who will start this game at quarterback.
Cal starter Zach Maynard sat out (knee) against the Ducks, giving Allan Bridgford the start.
Whichever quarterback is in the game, he will hope he can be looking for Allen. But Allen is also questionable in this game, which could create some distinct issues in the passing game contest.
Oregon State Player to Watch: Cody Vaz/Sean Mannion, QB
The Beavers will want to press the ball down the field on California. To do so they'd be best served with Vaz under center.
If he isn't stable enough to play on Saturday Oregon State still has Mannion, who was the starter for the fist half of the season. Vaz was an injury replacement against Brigham Young and Utah prior to being given the starting job against Arizona State.
Vaz will get some help from Storm Woods in the ground game, and Brandin Cooks is just 12 yards from surpassing 1,000 yards on the season.
Markus Wheaton leads the team in receptions but is 122 yards shy of 1,000.
Prediction: Oregon State 38, Cal 13
This game doesn't figure to be close. Both teams have injury concerns on offense, but the Beavers have better depth.
Cal has really struggled on the road and against the top Pac-12 schools. This game is ripe to cover a huge spread, provided one is released.
Darin Pike is a writer for Bleacher Report's Breaking News Team and a Featured Columnist covering the NFL and the Seattle Seahawks. Follow @darinpike
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