Cal has lost four of its past five games, the but Golden Bears have opened a seven-point favorite to win at Husky Stadium this weekend.
A quick look ahead:
CALIFORNIA (6-4 OVERALL, 3-4 PAC-10)
12:30 p.m. Saturday, Channel 4, at Husky Stadium
Last week: The Golden Bears lost for the fourth time in five games, falling to No. 12 Southern California, 24-17. QB Nate Longshore completed 13 of 29 passes, and he fumbled an exchange and threw an interception in the final minutes. RB Justin Forsett rushed for a season-high 164 yards and a touchdown. One-time Heisman contender DeSean Jackson led Cal with five catches for 64 yards.
Against the Huskies: Washington leads the series, 46-37-4. Cal has won five straight games. Before that, UW had won 19 straight.
Washington connections: Cal's roster includes two players from the state of Washington: LB Anthony Felder and DB Brandon Jones, both freshmen from O'Dea High School. Three UW coaches worked previously as Cal assistants: Kent Baer, J.D. Williams and Tim Lappano.
Scouting report: The Bears were ranked No. 2 in the nation before hitting their ongoing spinout. Cal has the No. 4 scoring offense in the Pac-10 and the No. 6 scoring defense. They rank in the middle tier of the league in most team statistics. However, they have allowed the fewest sacks in the league and rank second in third-down conversions, and last in sacks, field goals and opponents' fourth-down conversions. Tailback Justin Forsett is the No. 2 rusher in the conference and leads in scoring. QB Nate Longshore, who has been bothered by ankle problems, is fifth in passing yardage and sixth in total offense. DeSean Jackson and Lavelle Hawkins are tied for fourth in receptions. Linebacker Anthony Felder is third in the league with an average of 9.5 tackles per game, including two sacks. Linebacker Worrell Williams has forced three fumbles, tied for tops in the league.