Cal Plays Low-Scoring, Close Games, but Can’t Win Them

Cal has outscored their opponents this season by 163-158, yet the Bears have a 3-4 losing record. Since the start of the 2021 season, the Bears have outscored their opponents by 448-425; However, they have an 8-11 record in that span.

What gives?

Well, the Bears had strong defense and mediocre offense during this period, so Cal keeps the opponent’s score low while his offense also keeps the Bears’ score low. So you have a lot of close games with few points.

That was fine in 2019, when the Bears went 3-2 and finished 8-5 in games decided by seven points or fewer.