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Colorado, California look to build momentum for the second half of the season

NCAA Football: Arizona at Colorado Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Despite a shutout win over Arizona at home this past weekend, the Colorado Buffaloes Football team will face a new battle against a struggling Cal team in Berkley on Saturday.

Although Cal boasts a poor 1-5 record, the majority of their losses were close, including a loss in overtime at Washington. On top of that, the Bears gave the No. 10 Oregon Ducks a run for their money last week, falling by just one touchdown.

The Buffaloes may hold a slightly better record at 2-4, but their offensive struggles have consistently been an issue. Even in their shutout win over Arizona, the offense couldn’t get in rhythm until defensive and special teams scores gave the Buffs offense momentum.

Being on the road is not the only issue the Buffs will be battling against Cal. Multiple missing athletes have forced head coach Karl Dorrell to get creative with his lineup. Offensive lineman Carson Lee is currently away from the team while facing felony assault charges, and wide receiver La’Vontae Shenault is still out on an indefinite suspension for a violation of team rules.

The Bears are a consensus 8.5-point favorite over the Buffaloes, with a majority of the betting action coming in on the home team.

Regardless of who takes home the victory, both teams will be looking to make tangible progress. The 2021 season has been a major disappointment for both, but there is still plenty of time to right the ship and get things back on track. For the Buffaloes, the task will be tough on the road, but the opportunity to build off of a nice win over Arizona is there.