College Football
Mississippi at California
When: 10:30 PM ET, Saturday, September 16, 2017
Where: Memorial Stadium, Berkeley, California

The scoreboard operator figures to be busy Saturday as California faces visiting Ole Miss in a matchup of two explosive offensive units. Cal has averaged 34 points in victories over North Carolina and Weber State while Ole Miss quarterback Shea Patterson has thrown for 918 yards and nine touchdowns in wins over South Alabama and UT-Martin.

Patterson was 32-of-43 passing for five touchdowns and a single-game school record of 489 yards in last Saturday’s 45-23 win over UT-Martin as the Rebels scored on five consecutive drives between the second and third quarters. Patterson could be in line for another big game against Cal, which defeated Weber State 33-20 but allowed Wildcats quarterback Stefan Cantwell to throw for 431 yards. The Bears played without three injured regulars on defense and also lost senior tailback Tre Watson for the season with an unspecified leg injury in the second quarter. Watson entered the season as the Bears’ active leader in career total yards and will be replaced by former walk-on Patrick Laird, who caught a 54-yard touchdown pass in the season-opening win over North Carolina and ran for 191 yards and three touchdowns against Weber State.

TV: 10:30 p.m. ET, ESPN. LINE: Ole Miss -3.5

ABOUT OLE MISS (2-0): After UT-Martin rushed for 219 yards and averaged five yards per attempt, the Rebels are focusing on stopping Laird and the Cal running attack this week. Linebacker DeMarquis Gates had a team-high nine tackles against UT-Martin while fellow linebacker Detric Bing-Dukes made a case for increased playing time with five tackles off the bench. The Rebels have the weapons to keep pace with Cal, led by Patterson and receivers DaMarkus Lodge, D.K. Metcalf and A.J. Brown, an emerging star who has 16 catches for 389 yards and two TDs.

ABOUT CAL (2-0): Quarterback Ross Bowers threw four scoring passes in his first career start at North Carolina but was a quiet 20-for-28 for 200 yards and no TDs last week against Weber State. Bowers has a plethora of solid options in the receiving game, including junior Vic Wharton III, who has 10 catches for 202 yards and a touchdown. The defense has enjoyed mixed results early this season, but senior linebackers Raymond Davison III and Devante Downs have impressed with a combined total of 35 tackles and four forced fumbles.


1. Cal owns a 4-10 all-time record against SEC schools, with the last matchup coming in 2007 against Tennessee.

2. Ole Miss is 115-39-6 all-time against non-conference foes in the month of September.

3. The Bears are tied for third in the nation in turnovers gained with six.

PREDICTION: Ole Miss 41, Cal 35
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W‑L Strk PF PA Home Away Grass Turf Conf
Mississippi 2-0 W2 46.0 25.0 2-0 0-0 2-0 0-0 0-0
California 2-0 W2 34.0 25.0 1-0 1-0 1-0 0-0 0-0
Last Meeting
Mississippi California
Date Away Home Tot Rus Pas Tot Rus Pas
No previous meeting.
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
Mississippi N/A
California N/A
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
Mississippi N/A
California N/A
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
Mississippi N/A
California N/A
Touchdowns Player TD
Mississippi N/A
California N/A
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
Mississippi S. Patterson 76.9 918 9 1
California R. Bowers 66.7 563 4 2
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
Mississippi J. Wilkins 17 65 3.8 1
California P. Laird 15 200 13.3 3
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
Mississippi A. Brown 16 389 24.3 4
California V. Wharton III 10 202 20.2 1
Touchdowns Player TD
Mississippi A. Brown 4
California P. Laird 4
Quickchart Matchup
Mississippi Mississippi Off vs  California California Def
Mississippi 537 yards
California 505.5 yards
Mississippi 3.3 yards/rush
California 4.3 yards/rush
Mississippi 11.8 yards/attempt
California 7.3 yards/attempt
California California Off vs  Mississippi Mississippi Def
California 450 yards
Mississippi 354 yards
California 4.9 yards/rush
Mississippi 4.8 yards/rush
California 8.5 yards/attempt
Mississippi 6.6 yards/attempt