NCAA Preview: Texas At California

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No. 11 Texas (2-0) at California (1-1), 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Line: Texas by 7 1/2.

Series Record: Texas leads 5-1.

WHAT’S AT STAKE

The Longhorns looks for their first 3-0 start since winning its first four games in 2012. The Golden Bears look to bounce back from a loss at San Diego State and win in their home opener.

KEY MATCHUP

Texas running game vs. Cal front seven. The Longhorns are averaging more than 200 yards a game on the ground led by D’Onta Foreman, Chris Warren III and the power-running backup QB Tyrone Swoopes. That will provide a stiff test for a Bears defense that is allowing an FBS-worst 6.8 ypc and 291 yards per game on the ground this season.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Texas: QB Shane Buechele. In just two games, Buechele has already matched Bobby Layne’s school record for TD passes for a freshman in a season with six. Buechele has completed 71.7 percent of his passes for 524 yards with only one INT.
California: QB Davis Webb. The graduate transfer from Texas Tech gets to face his home-state team for the first time. Webb is off to a fine start at Cal, tying for the national lead with nine TD passes to go with 983 yards passing through two games.

FACTS & FIGURES

The Longhorns went 1-4 in true road games last year, getting outscored 150-30 in the four losses. … The 91 points are the most Texas has scored through two games since having 100 in 2009. … The Longhorns need three more TD passes to match last year’s season total of nine. … Swoopes has recorded a first down or TD on 35 of 74 runs since Texas installed its “18-wheeler” package last season. … Cal has lost 11 straight against ranked teams since beating UCLA 43-17 on Oct. 6, 2012. … The Bears have won 12 of the past 14 home openers. … Cal WR Chad Hansen has 28 catches for 350 yards and three TDs through two games. … K Matt Anderson has made 20 straight FGs.

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