Thursday, October 19, 2006

Seattle Times: UW Football | Bears still hungry

By Bob Condotta

California coach Jeff Tedford, center, congratulates receiver DeSean Jackson (1) after one of Jackson's Pac-10-leading eight touchdown receptions. Jackson has also returned two punts for touchdowns. California football coach Jeff Tedford wished aloud a couple of Saturdays ago, but just like the Huskies' pleading for two more seconds at USC that same afternoon, it ultimately fell on deaf ears. "Now, hopefully, I won't get asked about Tennessee every week," Tedford said after the Bears dominated Oregon, 45-24, on Oct. 7. No such luck. In fact, with every game Cal wins by a decisive margin, the questions only grow stronger. What the heck happened to the Bears in Knoxville in their season opener?

As the Bears prepare to host Washington in Berkeley at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, they are 6-1, and in the eyes of many, the best team in the Pac-10.

But in the national picture, they remain an also-ran for now, anyway — due to the game at Tennessee, a 35-18 loss in which the Bears trailed 35-0 late in the third quarter. Cal entered that contest with national title hopes (ranked No. 9), but fell to No. 22 the following week, and despite six straight wins since, has climbed only to No. 11 and will need a lot to go right to end up back in the BCS picture.

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