Washington Huskies

First look at this week’s Huskies’ opponent: California

CALIFORNIA GOLDEN BEARS (3-0) AT WASHINGTON HUSKIES (2-1)

2 p.m. Saturday, Husky Stadium, Pac-12 Networks, 1000-AM, 97.7-FM

ABOUT THE GOLDEN BEARS

Coach: Sonny Dykes (9-18 in third year at Cal; 31-33 in sixth year overall).

Against the Huskies: UW leads the all-time series, 53-38-4.

Scouting report: Expectations are higher at California than at any point since Dykes took over as coach prior to the 2013 season, in large part because of junior quarterback Jared Goff. During Cal’s wild 45-44 victory at Texas on Saturday, Goff set Cal career records for passing yards, total offense and career completions. He is 68 for 93 passing for 898 yards, nine touchdowns and two interceptions this season, and leads a California offense that ranks ninth nationally in yards per play (7.44). … Cal is 3-0 for the first time since 2011, which was also the last season in which the Bears qualified for a bowl game. … Washington used a strong defensive effort to win last year’s game against California, 31-7, in Berkeley. Shaq Thompson fueled the victory with a 100-yard fumble return for a touchdown in the first quarter, and the Bears never seemed to recover. Cal hasn’t beaten Washington since 2008. … Cal’s defense has been its downfall the past two seasons, and while the Bears are probably better than they were a year ago, they still rank only 87th nationally in yards-per-play allowed at 5.76. … Cal has the best group of receivers the Huskies have seen so far, led by Kenny Lawler, who has 14 catches for 182 yard and five touchdowns in three games. … Daniel Lasco, the Bears’ top tailback, missed Saturday’s game against Texas due to a muscle strain in his hip. Lasco rushed for 1,115 yards in 2014. … The Bears opened as 2.5-point favorites over UW in some sports books.

Did you know: Cal’s previous career passing leader, Troy Taylor, coached Huskies quarterback Jake Browning at Folsom High School.

christian.caple@thenewstribune.com

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