- 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


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.


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.


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.


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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