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Golden Bears: 5 Keys to the game

Posted By Vincent Douglas Gregory On Sep 17 2010 @ 12:16 pm In California | No Comments

California has another test in the form of a road game against Nevada.

Winning on the road is what ranked teams do against unranked teams.

At any rate, for Cal to do this there are a few things in the game they must do.

  • Stop Nevada’s offense.

Yes, this may not be easy since the Wolf Pack is leading the NCAA Division 1-A in yards per game. This offensive attackĀ  is balanced but Cal must keep them in 3rd and longs.

  • Create turnovers.

Cal’s defense loves to attack the quarterback. They are ranked 5th in sacks. The Golden Bears need to get after Nevada’s quarterback Colin Kaepernick and put pressure on him. They have to take advantage of his mistakes. Kaepernick may not throw an INT but he is prone to misfire and display poor accuracy.

  • Score points quickly.

This goes against what most people think to do. However, Cal’s quarterback is Kevin Riley. His quarterback rating of 205.3 ranks 3rd among the quarterbacks in Division 1-A. Now that’s out of the way. Basically, scoring points quickly will give the offense more plays and the increase in plays gives Riley more chances to hit his weapons (WR Keenan Allen and RB Shane Vereen) for big plays.

  • Stay focus.

It is easy to look over this game and wonder about the next game against Arizona opening up the Pac-10 conference play. If Cal does not show up, then Nevada can turn this game into a stinker. It is just that simple.

  • Take the crowd out of the game.

If Cal are able to get a lead early in the game then it should be fairly easy to win it. The pressure and onus would then be on Nevada and Cal would be able to relax.

These are the 5 keys to the game for Cal to be victorious against Nevada.

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