Raiders must stop Arrington

California was controversially left out of the Rose Bowl, and the Bears will take out their anger on Texas Tech.

Originally Published: December 20, 2004
By Tony Granieri | Scouts Inc.
Despite being ranked fourth in both the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today polls, Cal finished fifth in the final BCS standings behind Texas, ending its dream of playing in the Rose Bowl this year. Instead, the Golden Bears face Texas Tech in the 27th annual Pacific Life Holiday Bowl. This matchup features two of the nation's most explosive offenses so expect a high-scoring affair.

Who: California vs. Texas Tech
When: Dec. 30, 8:00 ET (ESPN)
Where: San Diego, CA
Texas Tech's high-powered passing attack is rated first in the nation, but Cal is averaging 37 points and nearly 500 yards per game. The question is which defense can rise to the challenge and find a way to come up with stops. The Golden Bears, who are ranked fourth nationally in points allowed, have the athletes in their secondary to match up with Texas Tech's spread attack. As a result, QB Sonny Cumbie must play his best game of the year and avoid making any costly mistakes.