Team Slogan (I’m guessing here): “Oski Wow-Wow! Whiskey Wee-Wee! Olee! Muckie-eye! Olee! Berkeley-eye! California! Wow!!”
What was learned in 2007
The number two spot in the polls was not kind to several teams around the country in 2007, and another casualty of that spot was Cal. After California pulled victory from the jaws of defeat at Oregon in late September, the Bears went just 2-6 the rest of the way (including the narrow victory over Air Force in the lowly Armed Forces Bowl). One thing I’ve learned about Coach Jeff Tedford over the years is that he despises mistakes. I like that in a coach, but I’m kind of surprised the latter half of the 2007 season didn’t kill him. The amazing thing is, all that talent on the field couldn’t translate into a possible dream season. The frustration of the season was so prevalent, the fans couldn’t get their game back on track either:
Expectations in 2008
As Coach Tedford recently stated in his blog Tedford Talk, he says:
With a brewing quarterback controversy, the overall health of their (previously injured) running back Jahvid Best, lack of receiver experience, and with USC and Oregon outdistancing Cal in recruiting the last few years, it’s uncertain where the Golden Bears will exactly land in 2008.
Big Men On Campus
C Alex Mack – possibly one of the best centers in all of college football will anchor the offensive line.
LB Zack Follett – quarterbacks should fear him (5.5 sacks in ’07).
If there are unresolved offense issues deep into the 2008 season, and if they don’t discover who the playmakers are quickly, California is looking at a 7 or 8 win season.
Cal is not a very deep team offensively (especially at wide receiver and running back). Luckily, they have a good core on the offensive line, with Mack in the middle. Defensively, it’s a mixed bag. Weak defensive line, but the secondary should be there to stop big plays. At this point in the preseason, I don’t think it’s enough to warrant the Golden Bears a spot at #24 in the FanIQ rankings, but the members of FanIQ have spoken, and I could be proved wrong.
Cheerleader Grade: B
As seen in this video from a basketball rally last winter (it’s all I could find that was recent), the cheer squad dances with “old school” routines. Definitely nothing sensual or exciting here:
Final Prediction for California in 2008 (7-5; 5-4 Pac-10):
Aug. 30 vs. Michigan State (Win)
Sept. 6 at Washington State (Win)
Sept. 13 at Maryland (Loss)
Sept. 27 vs. Colorado State (Win)
Oct. 4 vs. Arizona State (Loss)
Oct. 18 at Arizona (Loss)
Oct. 25 vs. UCLA (Win)
Nov. 1 vs. Oregon (Loss)
Nov. 8 at Southern California (Loss)
Nov. 15 at Oregon State (Win)
Nov. 22 vs. Stanford (Win)
Dec. 6 vs. Washington (Win)