Monday, August 17, 2009

AP: Cal Football Preview

2008 SEASON IN REVIEW: Usually nine wins in a season is recognized as a successful campaign, but the 2008 Golden Bears underachieved as they were looked upon as one of the team's to compete for the Pac-10 title.

Powered by one of the top running backs in the nation, Jahvid Best, the Golden Bears stormed out of the gates in 2008, grabbing a hard-fought 38-31 victory over Michigan State, followed by a dominating 66-3 win over Washington State. The team took a step back with a tough 35-27 loss on the road to Maryland, but fortunately coach Jeff Tedford's bunch rebounded with back-to-back victories over Colorado State and Arizona State. The team fell to 4-2 on the year with a 42-27 setback to Arizona, but once again the Golden Bears bounced back with two victories, defeating UCLA and Oregon at home. Any chance for a shot at the Pac-10 title were dashed over the team's next two matchups, as the Golden Bears were defeated by USC (17-3) and Oregon State (34-21).

Although the team's conference aspirations were all but lost, the players didn't give up, proven by the way they closed out the regular season, pummeling Stanford and Washington by a combined 85-23 margin.

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