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Bears move to #8 in polls

Posted by Eric | September 9, 2007 at 4:42 pm | In Ranks/Predictions |

With yesterday’s 34-28 victory over Colorado State, Cal rose in the AP and Coaches polls to the #8 spot from #10 last week.

The Bears moved past Virginia Tech (who dropped to 18/17 in the polls after a blowout loss to #2 LSU) and leapfrogged Louisville (who struggled against Middle Tennessee of the Sun Belt conference). It’s questionable whether Cal’s performance against the Rams justified this jump, but we’ll take it. Cal seems to be favored heavily in the media this season, including the polls. Hopefully, the mistakes of yesterday’s game will be a learning experience for the future and the Bears will live up to the praise.

As a side note, the Pac-10 is looking more and more like a power conference this season, with four squads in the top 25 (#1 USC, #8 Cal, #11 UCLA, #19 Oregon) and two more teams receiving substantial votes (Washington and Arizona State).

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  1. Number 8 seems a tad high at this point. It seems that the ranking was helped immensely by poor performances by teams ranked nearby and the fact that we didn’t lose. We looked simply anemic on defense and did barely enough to finish out the game. yeah yeah I know some of the backup guys were in there taking the late snaps but this game was still way too close for comfort. Just imagine what some of the other Pac-10 teams will do to us when we have to face them. Oregon, USC, and UCLA all look to have good passing as well as rushing attacks. We have the talent to outscore other teams on offense but that’s a risky way to go; at some point, our defense is going to have to deliver. Looks to be a tough uphill battle unless there’s a change in the way we play.

    1. Comment by number8? — September 10, 2007 @ 10:30 am #

  2. I was surprised to see Cal go up from 10 to 8. Like many, while I’m obviously glad Cal won, I thought their performance on Saturday was below par. I guess Cal’s getting a good reputation among coaches and AP, which is great news. As for last Saturday, I think most people shouldn’t dwell on it. If nothing else, it’s a game that should keep Cal players and coaches on their toes in the coming weeks.

    2. Comment by tony_daysog — September 10, 2007 @ 11:05 am #

  3. Well before we even discuss Cal being overrated I suggest you open your eyes and look at Wisconsin! Talk about a freaking joke!

    3. Comment by Seth — September 12, 2007 @ 8:06 pm #

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