Oregon Ducks vs. California Golden Bears Complete Game Preview

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Oregon Ducks vs. California Golden Bears Complete Game Preview
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QB Marcus Mariota and the Ducks flew past Cal last year in Berkeley, 59-17. The Ducks have not lost to Call since 2008

Two programs that battled through much of the 2000s for the right to join USC at the top of the then-Pac-10 will face off on Saturday for the first time under their new head coaches.

Cal and Oregon have been on a roller coaster ride since the year 2002, when Jeff Tedford left his job as Oregon's offensive coordinator to become Cal's head coach. Tedford led the Bears to four wins in five years against the Ducks from 2004-2008 before the Bears took a dive. 

The Bears were never able to capitalize on their momentum against the Ducks and quickly gave way to Oregon as the league's premier program outside of Los Angeles. The Ducks quickly took control of the rivalry and surpassed the Bears and USC to own the Pac-10/12.

After smashing the sixth-ranked Bears, 42-3, in 2009, the Ducks rose to new heights while Cal faltered. For different reasons, both programs have new head coaches in 2013, but things look as if they are much the same as Oregon enters Saturday as a heavy favorite.

Here's what you need to know as Sonny Dykes and his high-powered Bears travel to Eugene to take on Mark Helfrich and the Ducks in the Pac-12 opener for both teams.

When: Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013 at 10:30 EST.

Where: Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon

TV: Pac-12 Network

Radio: Oregon Sports Network

Spread: According to VegasInsider.com, the Ducks are a 36.5-point favorite against the Bears.

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