College Football Preview: The 2015 California Golden Bears
California Golden Bears Preview 2014 Record: 5-7
Overview: The California Golden Bear’s 2014 Season was a disappointment but showed a lot of promise for this year’s season. They started off the year winning four of their first five games but then ultimately lost six of their last seven games for an overall record of 5-7. Four of California’s losses were by 8 points or less, so they were very close to being bowl eligible. After a great sophomore year quarterback Jared Goff looks to have this team set for a great season.
Offense: The California Golden Bears had a tremendous year on the offensive side of the ball finishing 11th in the nation in points scored with 38.3 and 6th in the nation in passing yards per game with 346. This year looks promising for California as they return their starting quarterback, running back and 3 of their top 4 receivers. After a shaky freshmen season, Jared Goff broke out last year throwing for almost 4000 yards and 35 touchdowns and only 7 interceptions. He looks set for another breakout year. 3 of his 4 favorite targets will be returning including Jenny Lawler, Stephen Anderson, and Bryce Treggs who together combined for over 1800 yards and 21 touchdowns. Running back Daniel Lasco returns for his senior after coming off of an 1115 rushing yards and 12-touchdown season. This offense is loaded with experience and should make a big impact this season.
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Defense: California’s defense was not the best to say the least. They allowed an average of 39.8 points a game finishing 123rd in the nation. California only had two games last season where their opponent did not score over 30 points and four games where their opponent reached 49 points or more. Leading Tackler linebacker Michael Barton will be returning for his junior year. They will need him to set the tone on defense. There are questions all over this defense especially in the secondary. Cal will need to figure out a way to stop offenses from rolling all over them.
Special Teams: The kicking position is up for grabs this offseason, while punter Cole Leininger returns. He averaged 39.8 yards a punt last season. Trevor Davis looks to be the starting kick and punt returner for this upcoming season.
Overall: There is no question that California will be able to put up points this season. The fate of their season is going to depend on if their defense can make some big plays and get some crucial stops. I think that California will be making some noise in the Pac-12 this year and will be bowl eligible at the least.