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Buffaloes at a glance
Record: 5-6, 2-6 Pac-12
Last week: Lost to Utah, 30-7
Steven Montez, Jr.: 242-for-366, 2,679 yards, 17 TD, 6 INT
Sam Noyer, So.: 8-for-14, 60 yards, 0 TD, 2 INT
Tyler Lytle, Fr.: 4-for-5, 55 yards, 0 TD, 1 INT
Travon McMillian, Sr.: 180 att., 951 yards, 7 TD
Steven Montez, Jr.: 84 att., 185 yards, 4 TD
Kyle Evans, Sr.: 59 att., 168 yards, 2 TD
Laviska Shenault, So.: 79 catches, 946 yards, 6 TD
KD Nixon, So.: 50 catches, 588 yards, 3 TD
Tony Brown, Jr.: 31 catches, 333 yards, 1 TD
LB Nate Landman, So.: 116 tackles, 13 TFL, 4 sacks, 2 INT
LB Rick Gamboa, Sr.: 89 tackles, 1 INT
DE Mustafa Johnson, So.: 67 tackles, 7.5 sacks, 16.5 TFL
5 Buffs to watch vs. Cal
NT Javier Edwards: The senior has had a solid season all around, but has been quiet of late. Although his position doesn’t usually rack up a lot of tackles, he has just three in the last three games combined (all against Utah). He’ll be a key against the Cal run game.
WR Jay MacIntyre: The week began with his father, Mike, getting fired as the Buffs’ head coach. Jay took it hard, but teammates this week said he was in good spirits. He’ll be fired up to play well in honor of his father.
RB Travon McMillian: CU’s running game has been bottled up lately, but getting McMillian going is a key. He’s eyeing 1,000 yards, but when CU can’t run, the offense goes nowhere.
C Colby Pursell: Along with guards Aaron Haigler and Tim Lynott, it’s key for the Buffs to create a clean pocket — especially up the middle — for quarterback Steven Montez.
BUFF Davion Taylor: The junior college transfer seems to be getting better as the season goes along. He’s got nine tackles for loss and is second on the team with 10 quarterback pressures.
Bottom line for CU
It’s very simple for CU: win and go to a bowl game, lose and go home. The Buffs have to push aside any negativity from their current six-game losing streak and losing their head coach this week. To have a shot to win, they’ve got to play loose and remember what got them to 5-0 earlier this season.
Golden Bears at a glance
Record: 6-4, 3-4 Pac-12
Last week: Bye; game with Stanford postponed to Dec. 1
Chase Garbers, Fr.: 111-for-176, 1,100 yards, 11 TD, 5 INT
Brandon McIlwain, So.: 80-for-129, 763 yards, 2 TD, 8 INT
Ross Bowers, Jr.: 8-for-17, 56 yards, 0 TD, 0 INT
Patrick Laird, Sr.: 179 att., 771 yards, 5 TD
Brandon McIlwain, So.: 80 att., 402 yards, 4 TD
Chase Garbers, Fr.: 66 att., 307 yards, 1 TD
Patrick Laird, Sr.: 43 catches, 269 yards, 3 TD
Vic Wharton III, Sr.: 42 catches, 428 yards, 1 TD
Kanawai Noa, Jr.: 28 catches, 326 yards, 2 TD
LB Jordan Kunaszyk, Sr.: 114 tackles, 11 TFL, 4 sacks
LB Evan Weaver, Jr.: 109 tackles, 7.5 TFL, 3.5 sacks, 2 INT
S Ashtyn Davis, Jr.: 45 tackles, 2 INT, 4 PBU
5 Bears to watch vs. CU
QB Chase Garbers: Has emerged as the Bears’ top quarterback. He’s a solid passer, although six of his 11 touchdown passes have come against Idaho State and Oregon State. He’s a weapon as a runner, too, with 101 yards and a touchdown in the last two games.
LB Jordan Kunaszyk: One of the top linebackers in the Pac-12, he’s had at least 10 tackles in seven games, including a season-high 22 against UCLA. He’s had at least one tackle for loss in five consecutive games.
RB Patrick Laird: Outside of the quarterback, nobody on the team will touch the ball more than Laird, who averages 22.2 touches and 104.0 yards of offense per game.
WR Kanawai Noa: It’s been a very quiet season for the junior, who has just 28 catches and has missed the last two games with injury. Reports are that he may be ready to play against CU, and the Buffs know he can be dangerous. Noa had seven catches for 108 yards and two scores against the Buffs last year in Boulder.
LB Evan Weaver: He’s been making a lot of big plays lately, with 3.5 sacks and two interceptions in the last for games combined.
Bottom line for Cal
The Bears have already secured bowl eligibility for the first time since 2015, and they can’t win the North division. But, there’s still a shot to climb the ladder in the division, finish the season on a high note and get into a better bowl game.