It’s a match-up of quarterbacks that weren’t expected to be the QBs this late in the season when BCS No. 11 Oregon State faces No. 14 Stanford.
The Cardinal made the change because senior starter Josh Nunes has been inconsistent with 10 touchdowns, but seven interceptions. Redshirt freshman Kevin Hogan replaced him in last week’s 48-0 win over Colorado, which was a planned change, and Hogan only threw five incompletions and two touchdowns.
Meanwhile. Oregon State has received strong performances by junior Cody Vaz, who has thrown seven TDs and only a single interception.
Coach Mike Riley inserted Vaz after Sean Mannion threw four picks against Washington in OSU’s only loss of the year.
The Oregon Ducks have the final lull in their schedule when they face California at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN.
Oregon’s slate of games has been blamed for the undefeated and No. 2 AP poll Ducks sitting behind Alabama and Kansas State in the BCS standings. Head coach Chip Kelly and Oregon play against Stanford and at Oregon State after Cal to close out the year.
The Cal Bears could be without starting quarterback Zach Maynard who has an injured left knee. They have been using Allan Bridgford as the starter in preparation this week.
Cal will also be without Keenan Allen, the team’s leading receiver.