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Jeffrey D. Allred
Brigham Young Cougars head coach Kalani Sitake walks onto the field after beating the Arizona Wildcats in Tucson on Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018.

THE BASICS

Cal (1-0) at BYU (1-0)

  • Kickoff: Saturday, 8:15 p.m. MDT
  • Venue: LaVell Edwards Stadium (63,725)
  • Surface: Natural grass
  • TV: ESPN2
  • Livestream: WatchESPN
  • Radio: KSL 1160AM/102.7 FM
  • Series: BYU leads, 3-1
  • Weather: Clear skies with temperatures in the 80s at kickoff.
  • Transportation: UTA information

THE STAKES

For Cal … The Golden Bears are looking for a road victory after defeating North Carolina at home last week.

For BYU … Coming off an upset at Arizona last week, the Cougars are looking to build on their momentum and go 2-0 for the first time since 2015.

THE TRENDS

For Cal … The Golden Bears have played only once before in Provo — in 1999 under then-coach Tom Holmoe, who is now BYU’s athletic director. The Cougars won 38-28.

For BYU … The Cougars are 5-10 against Pac-12 opponents since going independent in 2011.

THE CRYSTAL BALL

For Cal … The Golden Bears will be without linebacker Cameron Goode and they are unsettled at quarterback, having rotated three QBs last week. They’ll need to match BYU’s physicality and turn in a strong defensive performance to beat the Cougars.

For BYU … After going 2-4 at home last season, the Cougars are fired up to play well at LaVell Edwards Stadium. If BYU can duplicate last week’s performance at Arizona, the Cougars have a good chance of earning the victory.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Patrick Laird, Cal running back: The senior was on the preseason watch list for the Doak Walker Award after rushing for 1,127 yards last year. He ran 29 times for 95 yards, and rushed for a touchdown and caught a TD against North Carolina.

Tanner Mangum, BYU quarterback: The senior played well in the opener at Arizona, throwing for 209 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions. He’s facing a Cal defense that had four interceptions against North Carolina last week.

KEY MATCHUP

BYU’s offensive line vs. Cal’s defensive line: The Cougars controlled the line of scrimmage at Arizona but the Golden Bears’ experienced front is expected to pose a more formidable challenge.

QUOTABLE

“Everything is on the table. Honestly, probably this week, we won’t announce a starter (at quarterback) until game time. We’ll have a plan going forward, but we won’t announce anything … I’m not against playing more than one guy, and if one guy separates himself, great, that’s who it will be.”

— Cal coach Justin Wilcox

“They’re deep at the running back position and they run the ball well. It will be a good challenge for us on the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball. It’s a good challenge and I expect our guys to be ready … If we own the line of scrimmage, I should be smiling every week.”

BYU coach Kalani Sitake

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On Saturday, Sept. 15, BYU visits Wisconsin while Cal hosts Idaho State.

BYU SCHEDULE

  • Sept. 1 — BYU 28, Arizona 23
  • Sept. 8 — California (8:15 p.m., ESPN2)
  • Sept. 15 — at Wisconsin (1:30 p.m., ABC/ESPN)
  • Sept. 22 — McNeese State (4 p.m., BYUtv)
  • Sept. 29 — at Washington (TBA)
  • Oct. 5 — Utah State (7 p.m., ESPN2)
  • Oct. 13 — Hawaii (TBA)
  • Oct. 27 — Northern Illinois (TBA)
  • Nov. 3 — at Boise State (TBA/ESPN Networks)
  • Nov. 10 — at UMass (Noon/TBA)
  • Nov. 17 — New Mexico State (TBA)
  • Nov. 24 — at Utah (TBA)

All times MDT