CAL AT OHIO STATE
RECORDS: Cal 1-1, Ohio State 2-0
KICKOFF: 9 a.m. Saturday, Ohio Stadium, Columbus, Ohio
SERIES HISTORY: Ohio State leads 5-1. Cal won 28-0 in the 1921 Rose Bowl, but the Buckeyes have won the past five meetings, most recently at Berkeley in 1972.
STORYLINES: On the heels of back-to-back unsatisfying performances, the Bears take on the No. 12 Buckeyes, then return to the road to face No. 2 USC next week. Cal lost its opener to Nevada, then led only 20-17 entering the fourth quarter last week against Southern Utah before winning 50-31. ... Cal will try to run the ball against one of the Big Ten's top rush defenses, despite playing again without top offensive lineman Matt Summers-Gavin.
INJURY UPDATE: Cal -- OT Matt Summers-Gavin (knee), ILB David Wilkerson (ankle), ILB Khairi Fortt (knee), OG Dominic Galas (shoulder) and CB Stefan McClure (knee) are out. TE Richard Rodgers and OLB Chris McCain are probable. Ohio State -- RB Carlos Hyde (knee) and RB Warren Ball (foot) are out. DL Michael Bennett (groin) is doubtful. RB Jordan Hall (foot) is probable.
MATCHUP TO WATCH: Cal's defense vs. Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller. The Bears have struggled in recent seasons against running quarterbacks, including this season and in 2010 against Nevada's pistol offense. At 6-foot-2, 220 pounds, Miller will challenge the Bears out of new coach Urban
STATS THAT MATTER: Cal beat three nationally ranked teams on the road in Jeff Tedford's debut season of 2002 but is 2-10 in such games since. ... Ohio State has outscored its first two opponents 49-13 in the second half. ... Meyer is 36-4 as a head coach in September. ... Meyer and Tedford each has worked 129 games as a college head coach. Meyer is 106-23, Tedford 80-49.
-- JEFF FARAUDO