The California Golden Bears and the Colorado Buffaloes are both members of the Pac-12, but Saturday's game at Folsom Field will count as a non-conference game since it was scheduled before the Buffs made the jump to the new conference. This will complete a home-and-home series that began in 2010.
That 2010 game was an embarrassing road loss for the Buffs. Colorado was shutout in the first half of the game, 31-0, before Tyler Hansen ran the ball into the end zone in the third quarter. Kevin Riley threw for four touchdowns against the Buffs' secondary while Tyler Hansen threw three balls to the Bears' secondary. The Bears walked away with a 52-7 victory.
This time around, the Buffs will face Zach Maynard at quarterback, who led the Bears to a 36-21 victory over Fresno State. Maynard threw for 266 yards and two touchdowns. He also had 53 yards on the ground.
Tyler Hansen, meanwhile, had over 200 yards passing and threw for two touchdowns, but his defense was unable to stop Hawaii's Bryant Moniz on the ground, as he found the end zone three times. The Buffs would also do well to get Rodney Stewart motoring. He picked up just 59 yards on the ground, averaging less than three yards per carry.