California hosts Washington State in a Pac-12 game on Friday, Oct. 13, 2017. Find game time, TV channel and how to watch online information below.
The Golden Bears (3-3, 0-3) have lost three straight since opening the season 3-0, falling at home to USC and then losing at Oregon and California. They’ve lost those games by a combined 62 points, most recently losing 38-7 at Washington on Oct. 7.
Cal is playing top 10 teams for the second consecutive week, with No. 8 Washington State following then-No. 5 Washington. The last time that happened was in 2013 when the Bears faced No. 3 Ohio State and No. 2 Oregon in back-to-back games.
Here’s everything you need to know about how to watch the California-Washington State game:
California-Washington State game time, details:
Date: Friday, Oct. 13, 2017
Time: 7:30 p.m. PT
Location: Memorial Stadium in Berkeley, California
Line: Washington State (- 12.5)
What TV channel is California-Washington State on?
California-Washington State will air on ESPN. You can find what channel that is in your area here.
How can I watch California-Washington State online?
California-Washington State can be streamed on ESPN3 with a cable or satellite subscription, or on the WatchESPN app on your tablet.
How can I listen to California-Washington State on the radio?
California-Washington State can be heard on KGO 810AM in the Bay area or on the Sirius Satellite Radio Pac-12 channel 962.
California-Washington State preview, keys to the game
Run the ball consistently
California’s offense operated like a well-oiled machine for its first three games this season, as well as for a good part of the Pac-12 opener against USC. But since the tail end of that 30-20 home loss the Golden Bears have become stagnant, particularly on the ground.
The Bears averaged 153.3 rushing yards per game with seven touchdowns in the first four games but in losses at Oregon and Washington they’ve been held to minus-32 rushing yards including minus-40 at Washington. That’s put extra pressure on the passing game to be effective, something that’s been made harder by a season-ending injury to sophomore wide receiver Demetris Robertson.
Put pressure on Luke Falk
Washington State quarterback Luke Falk is among the most efficient passers in the country, completing 71.8 percent of his passes despite throwing nearly 44 times per game. He’s an expert at getting rid of the ball quickly, though when forced to go through his progressions and look for a third or fourth option he becomes vulnerable.
The Cougars have allowed 23 sacks this season, tied with Cal for most in the Pac-12. All but four of the sacks Falk has taken has been on first or second down, often when an opponent’s secondary does well covering his top targets.
The Golden Bears have only registered 11 sacks in six games, just two in Pac-12 play.
Take care of the ball
The last thing a team that is struggling on offense can afford to do is turn it over, something California is well aware of. The Golden Bears have 14 turnovers this season, nine in Pac-12 play including six in the conference opener against USC.
Cal has only allowed 41 points off turnovers so it could be worse. Washington State has converted 15 takeaways into 59 points this season.
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