Offense: California returns just five starters to the offensive unit and has some questions to answer for 2008. A quarterback battle is expected to be waged by incumbent starter Nate Longshore and mobile sophomore Kevin Riley, who led the Bears to victory in the Armed Forces Bowl with a dynamic performance. Whoever lines up under center will be looking at an inexperienced group of receivers as the Bears do not return a wideout who had double digits in receptions last year. A replacement also must be found for 1,500-yard rusher TB Justin Forsett. If soph TB Jahvid Best is recovered from a hip injury he will provide an explosive force both running the ball and returning kicks. Three starters return along the offensive line led by first-team All-America C Alex Mack.
Defense: Seven starters return on defense led by a trio of senior linebackers that should be the strength of the unit. OLBs Zack Follett and Anthony Felder and MLB Worrell Williams are veteran performers and all potential honors candidates who will key the defense. DE Tyson Alualu is a force on the defensive line and CB Syd'Quan Thompson and ROV Bernard Hicks return in the secondary.
The Schedule: Cal gets seven home games and has nice balance in the schedule in never having more than two road or home games in a row.