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Neither the AP or the Coaches’ poll have Cal ranked. Cal received 79 votes on the coaches poll Interestingly, Stanford received 1 vote.
I'm not so old as some of the true blues, bu I'm not a Johnny come lately CAl fan, either. Still, I think it would have been mighty uncomfortable to regain a ranking after just one game. We played better against Tennessee last year (and a better Tennessee team that got beat by the baby bruins last night). As a consequence of that and the great Oregon game, we got ranked stupid high. Should we have been #1 if we ran the table? Sure. But our anguished collapse that we are strying so hard to not think of nonetheless reminds that early rankings are fickle. I would much rather we power our way back onto the national stage.If we are 5-0, having beaten an ASU team that has already lost to Georgia, then we'd have a pretty strong case for a top 25 team.If we are 5-0 and give ASU its first loss, we'd probably have beaten a top-10 team and would probably deserve to be in the high teens. At 7-0, we'd face the prospect of a fight with UO for a spot in the top 10 -- maybe higher, depending on how other teams do.If we're 8-0, having made it past the sixth game hitch (i.e., not getting upset by a resurgent AZ squad) AND having beaten a solid Pac 10 slate (i.e., if ASU, UCLA, abd UO are otherwise strong), AND if the Spoiled Children are undefeated before we come to town, we'd be looking at a top 5 showdown, with the winner in serious contention for the National Championship.Sound scary? Premature? Perhaps. But so too is a Top 25 ranking following just one meltdown-less week. Let's roll on with the rolling on, hope our offense sharpens and our defense gets even quicker, and feel only disrespected enough to blow out WSU. And, hopefully, every other ranked or unranked team that crosses our path.Go Bears.
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