There are several intriguing statistical matchups to keep an eye on in the Cal-UCLA contest. Cal’s pass defense that leads the Pac-12 by allowing only 214.6 yards of passing offense goes up against a UCLA passing game that is 11th in the conference at 211.1 yards per game. The Bruins’ fourth-ranked rushing offense (172.0 ypg) will up against a Cal run defense that is also fourth in the conference (115.6 ypg). When Cal has the ball, its running game that is ranked sixth in the Pac-12 will go up against a UCLA run defense that has struggled, giving up the most yards on the ground of any Pac-12 team (191.9 ypg). The Bears’ pass offense that is fourth in the conference (293.0 ypg) will go up against a UCLA pass defense that is seventh (244.3 ypg).
Fun facts: Rice considered walking on at Cal, but decided it was too close to home. He played high school football (and basketball) at Menlo School in Atherton, Calif.
This means that a future UCLA passing combination could be Bono-to-Rice, which should bring back memories for 49ers fans. Only this QB will be Christoph Bono, the son of former UCLA and 49ers quarterback Steve Bono, who is a freshman for the Bruins. Christoph Bono attended Palo Alto High, which is just a few miles from Menlo School on the San Francisco Peninsula. He was coached by Earl Hansen, who also coached Jim Harbaugh when he played QB at Palo Alto.