CAL VS. UCLA
RECORDS: Cal 1-4, 0-2 Pac-12; UCLA 4-1, 1-1
KICKOFF: 7 p.m., Memorial Stadium
TV: Pac-12 Networks
SERIES HISTORY: UCLA leads 50-31-1. Cal has won the past six meetings at Berkeley but lost 31-14 last season at the Rose Bowl.
STORYLINES: The Bears are desperate for a victory to halt a three-game losing streak and breathe some life into a disappointing season. The Bears have never lost four games in a row under coach Jeff Tedford. Cal has yet to defeat an FBS opponent in 2012. ... Cal's defense will take its best shot against its fourth opponent that runs some variation of the spread offense, although the Bruins no longer are employing the Pistol formation under new offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone. QB Brett Hundley has thrown 11 touchdowns -- tied for most by any freshman in the nation. Senior RB Johnathan Franklin is No. 4 nationally at 139.4 rushing yards per game and gets 7.5 yards per carry. ... Saturday's contest is homecoming and the Joe Roth Memorial Game.
INJURY UPDATE: Cal -- TE Spencer Hagan (knee), ILB David Wilkerson (ankle), ILB Khairi Fortt (knee), OG Dominic Galas (shoulder), CB Stefan McClure (knee) are out. UCLA -- LB Jordan Zumwalt (motor-scooter accident) is probable.
MATCHUP TO WATCH: Cal's offensive line vs. UCLA's defensive front. The Bears are last in the nation in sacks allowed (25) and surrendering tackles for loss (43). UCLA plays fast and aggressive and is tied for fourth nationally with 41 TFL and second in the Pac-12 with 18 sacks. The Bruins also have choked 14 turnovers out of their first five opponents. The Bears' line will need to better protect QB Zach Maynard to minimize sacks and giveaways.
STATS THAT MATTER: Cal's four losses have come to teams with a combined record of 17-3. ... The Bears have started 1-5 (or worse) eight times in school history (all since 1957) and only one of those teams finished with as many as three victories. ... UCLA ranks No. 2 in the Pac-12 in rushing (243.4 ypg) and Cal is No. 12 against the rush (174.8).
-- JEFF FARAUDO