Given the prolific offenses both teams possess, the game on Saturday between the Oregon Ducks and the California Golden Bears could be a wild affair. However, things could get even crazier if the prediction from the National Weather Service proves true and a “highly unusual” storm reaches Eugene in time for kickoff.
Better bring your rain gear, folks!
The storm is related to Pabuk, a typhoon that has caused havoc in the Philippines and Japan.
Oregon coach Mark Helfrich, though, doesn’t believe in having his players practice out in the elements in order to prepare for the game. Said Helfrich:
We want to show up confident and ready to rock. And our guys are tough. They don’t need to gut out a cold, wet practice. And our guys have had enough wet-ball situations to manage that (Oregon Live).
If the storm indeed reaches Eugene by the time the game starts, it is undeniable that it will impact both offenses. Cal loves to throw the ball all over the field — they lead the nation in passing yards — and such a style of play will be hard to maintain in the wind and rain. A wet field could also neutralize some of advantage in terms of speed that Oregon possesses.
The game will begin at 7:30 p.m. PT and can be seen on the Pac-12 Network.
[Source: Oregon Live]