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The Associated Press | October 10, 2013 12:54 PM EST | AP


California (1-4, 0-2 Pac-12) at No. 11 UCLA (4-0, 1-0), 10:30 p.m. (ESPN2)

Line: UCLA by 24 1/2.

Series record: UCLA leads 50-32-1.

WHAT'S AT STAKE

Although the Bruins are off to their best start since 2005, they've got ample motivation to avoid any traps in their final game before consecutive road trips to Stanford and Oregon. Cal beat UCLA 43-17 last season in Berkeley, knocking the Bruins out of the rankings.

KEY MATCHUP

California QB Jared Goff vs. UCLA LB Anthony Barr. The Golden Bears' precocious passer is third in the nation in yards passing, and he's coming off a school-record 504-yard performance in a loss to Washington State. The Bruins will attempt to pressure Goff constantly, and nobody is better at it than Barr, who has three sacks this season after notching 13½ last season.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

California: WR Chris Harper. The Bears' defense has given up 151 points in the last three games, so it's reasonable to think the Bear Raid offense might have to get in a shootout to stand a chance. Goff's best target is Harper, who has 38 catches for 570 yards and four TDs already this season.

UCLA: LT Simon Goines. The Bruins' starting right tackle is switching sides to fill in for Torian White, who was lost for the season last week at Utah. The sophomore from Texas started all of last season on the right side, but feels confident he can protect QB Brett Hundley's blind side.

FACTS & FIGURES

Cal, which still hasn't beaten an FBS opponent under new coach Sonny Dykes, is playing its fourth Top-25 opponent in six games. ... If starting UCLA RB Jordon James sits out as expected with a sprained ankle, Paul Perkins is likely to step into the starting spot. The freshman is a pass-catching threat who has also rushed for at least 22 yards in all four games. ... UCLA has outscored its four opponents 65-0 in the third quarter this season. ... Hundley threw a career-worst four interceptions in UCLA's loss at Cal last season. ... The Golden Bears' defense is allowing 45.0 points per game — second-most in the nation — and 524 yards per game.