UCLA and Cal meet in an odd set of conditions on Friday, November 24. This will be the Bruins’ first game in six years without Jim Mora at the helm. After a 28-23 loss to USC, which marked UCLA’s third straight loss to the Trojans, Mora was let go, bestowing offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch with the interim head coach tag.
For Cal, the game presents what has thus far been an unenviable scenario: A road game on a Friday night, in which Pac-12 teams are winless this season. For both teams, Friday night will serve as a de facto bowl play in game, as each needs one more win to hit the 6-win milestone to attain bowl eligibility.
Find game time, TV channel and how to watch online information below.
UCLA-Cal live updates
END 1Q: UCLA 7, Cal 3
2Q 4:04: UCLA 17, Cal 6 – Josh Rosen threw his second touchdown of the game to Jordan Lasley.
HALFTIME: UCLA 17, Cal 9
3Q 8:56: UCLA 17, Cal 17
3Q 6:22: UCLA 24, Cal 17
END 3Q: UCLA 24, Cal 17
FINAL: UCLA 30, Cal 27
UCLA-Cal game time, details
Time: 7:30 p.m. Pacific Time
Date: Friday, November 24, 2017
Location: Rose Bowl, Pasadena, Calif.
Odds: UCLA -7.5.
Which TV channel is UCLA-Cal on?
UCLA vs. Cal can be found on FOX Sports 1.
How can I watch UCLA-Cal online?
You can stream UCLA and Cal on FOX Sports GO.
How can I listen to UCLA-Cal on the radio?
You can listen to UCLA football on AM570 LA Sports.
You can listen to Cal football on the Cal Bear Sports Network.
UCLA-Cal preview, keys to the game
The storyline for nearly every UCLA football game in the previous three years has been focused on Josh Rosen, and justifiably so. Rosen has been one of the most exciting players in football, even if he hasn’t necessarily been playing for one of the most exciting teams in football.
This week, which could be the final of Rosen’s career in Los Angeles, will be different. For the first time in six years, a new face will don the head set, which could be either a great advantage or a massive disadvantage. This will be Fisch’s first crack at the head coach position, though his lack of experience there should be atoned for an abundance of experience in virtually every other area of coaching football. He has coached offense and defense, in the NFL and college, even dabbling in Arena Football with the then-New Jersey Red Dogs.
There is no film on a Jedd Fisch offense, nothing for Cal to exclusively prepare for, and the Bears will need all the help they can get.
Not only is Cal traveling on a short week, two road games in six days, the Bears passing defense is one of the worst in the country, ranking 105th in the nation. The Bruins boast one of the most prolific passing attacks, with the sixth-ranked passing offense in the FBS thanks to Rosen and his top targets, Darren Andrews and Jordan Lasley.
Rosen’s 3,515 passing yards are surpassed only by Oklahoma State’s Mason Rudolph and Heisman favorite Baker Mayfield. His 24 touchdowns are top-15.
If Cal is to attain bowl eligibility, it must begin by limiting the Bruin passing game, and the Bruins must do the same to the Bears’ run game, which has been resurgent under Patrick Laird.