- Associated Press - Thursday, October 1, 2015

Washington State (2-1, 0-0 Pac-12) at No. 24 California (4-0, 1-0), 4 p.m. (Pac-12 Networks)

Line: California by 19.

Series Record: California leads 45-26-5

WHAT’S AT STAKE

The Cougars return from a bye week looking for their second three-game winning streak in the past nine years. The Golden Bears look for their first 5-0 start since 2007. Cal has not won more than five in a row to open the season since going 9-0 in 1950.

KEY MATCHUP

Washington State Luke Falk vs. Cal pass defense. Cal’s much-improved defense gets its toughest test of the season against Falk and the Cougars. Falk leads the Pac-12 with 356.7 yards passing per game. The Bears have allowed just two TD passes all season after ranking last with 42 allowed last year.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Washington State: WR Gabe Marks. Marks has returned after sitting out last season to lead the Pac-12 with 8.3 catches per game. He needs just two receptions to reach 150 for his career.

California: DE Kyle Kragen. Kragen had six tackles, 2 1/2 sacks, a forced fumble and a pass breakup in last week’s win at Washington to earn conference defensive player of the week. Kragen missed all of last season dealing with mononucleosis.

FACTS & FIGURES

The teams combined for 1,401 yards in last year’s meeting won by Cal 60-59. … Cougars start a stretch of three of four on the road. … Washington State RB Keith Harrington has scored TDs in first three games of his career. … Cougars are tied for second in the Pac-12 with nine sacks. … Cal QB Jared Goff as 64 career TD passes and needs one more to break a tie with Kyle Boller for most in school history. … The Bears lead the nation with 14 takeways on defense. … Cal WR Kenny Lawler is tied for third in nation with six TD catches.

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