December 20, 2006

Cal In-Depth: Offense

Saying that the Pacific Life Holiday Bowl will be an offensive showcase could be an understatement with No. 20 California and No. 21 Texas A&M facing off against one another.

The Aggies come in with the 18th-ranked offense in the nation, and the No. 7 rushing offense, while Cal boasts the 14th-ranked offense in the country.

The Bears are very strong in the pass, averaging 254.8 yards per game through the air, but with running back Marshawn Lynch in the backfield they have a balance to them that would throw off any defense.

This game will challenge A&M's improved defense under defensive coordinator Gary Darnell that improved from No. 109 in the nation last season to a top 40 defense in 2006. It's also a game where the Aggies can prove that the rumblings of a Wrecking Crew resurgence is legit.

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