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Tuesday, October 17, 2006
AP: Tedford still won't talk BCS with Golden Bears
BERKELEY, Calif. - The BCS is still a banned topic at California. Coach Jeff Tedford prefers to spend his weekdays on simpler concepts - praising the 11th-ranked Golden Bears' next opponent, or quietly tempering the hype around a high-powered offense that leads the Pac-10 in scoring. The machinations behind the Bowl Championship Series still hold little public interest for the coach, even after Cal's last-minute denial of a long-awaited return to the Rose Bowl two years ago - and he doesn't want his players daydreaming ahead to January, either. When Tedford learned Tuesday that Cal (6-1, 4-0) is No. 10 in the BCS standings after an impressive six-game winning streak leading into Saturday's home game against Washington, it barely registered on his ever-cool countenance. "I don't know what that means," Tedford said. "We just have to keep playing one week at a time, and see where it ends up. We've been down this road before. It's very important for us to focus on how we play each and every week, so we don't stub our toe." Indeed, Cal was in a similar position in 2004, when quarterback Aaron Rodgers led the Bears to a 10-1 regular season that still wasn't good enough for the computers and pollsters that determine the BCS slots.