Can Cal contain Dixon and the Ducks?

Cal will need big plays from DeSean Jackson if the Golden Bears are going to have a chance at Oregon. Quentin Groves is one of the top players in the SEC, but his discipline will be tested by Florida's mobile QB Tim Tebow.

Originally Published: September 27, 2007
By Mel Kiper Jr. |
No. 6 California at No. 11 Oregon
Can Oregon QB Dennis Dixon continue his hot play? He has yet to throw an interception this season and has been remarkable each week for the 4-0 Ducks. On Saturday, Dixon will be facing a Cal defense that is somewhat banged up. However, one player who is healthy for the Bears is senior safety Thomas DeCoud. He's always around the ball and is a great special-teams player as well. Cal is giving up almost 25 points a game, so DeCoud will play a big part in the secondary against a multidimensional Oregon offense that is averaging 48.5 points per game.

Mel Kiper Jr.

Football analyst