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WR Bryce Treggs is one of Goff's top targets.
1. Play unconventionally to compensate for depth and injury issues
Cal is shorthanded in this game, both in depth and overall talent. Injuries have robbed the Golden Bears of what was looking like a solid defense heading into the season.
Projected starting defensive linemen Mustafa Jalil and Brennan Scarlett have not played this season. Starting defensive end Chris McCain was dismissed recently from the program. Defensive captain and starting safety Avery Sebastian was lost for the season with a torn Achilles tendon.
Sonny Dykes' team has nothing to lose in this contest. Trick plays, misdirection and anything out of the norm should be brought to the table. The turnover battle is also something to note. If Cal is to have a chance in this game, it cannot turn the ball over multiple times.
2. Get the ball to Treggs and Harper
Realistically, quarterback Jared Goff will be throwing the ball upwards of 30 times. Bryce Treggs and Chris Harper will be the top two targets in the pass game and for good reason.
Each have the potential to take the proverbial top off of a defense. Treggs is a great route-runner and a very technically sound receiver. Harper is the big-play threat for the Golden Bears. His quickness and leaping ability help make him one of the better receivers in the conference.
Cal will undoubtedly test UCLA's young, inexperienced secondary. Goff's ability to throw the ball down the field with accuracy makes the matchup between the Bruins' secondary and Cal's wide receiver corps very interesting to watch.