How does a team define a successful season? Here's a guess that both California's and Oregon State's definitions includes a victory this weekend. Considering that they are meeting in Berkeley on Saturday, the obvious point of contention is one will walk away with a high degree of disappointment. A win guarantees nothing. But a loss probably will prelude a below-expectation finish in the Pac-10.
California (6-2, 3-2), ranked 20th in the BCS standings, has won three straight since since becoming a national punchline after losing consecutive weekends to Oregon and USC by a combined count of 72-6. A third-place finish and a potential Holiday Bowl berth -- if the conference gets two BCS teams -- are still appealing possibilities, though the Bears were thinking Rose Bowl in the preseason.