It’s only three spots in the rankings, but No. 3 seems to have much more of an impact than No. 6. I guess it’s because the Bears now are on the doorstep of No. 1, and the implications that go along with that. National coverage of the team will only get stronger now, especially if Cal keeps winning as it leads up to its showdown with USC.
This is looking WAY ahead, but can you imagine the hoopla if USC and Cal are No. 1 and No. 2 for that game? It will certainly be the biggest game ever played at Memorial Stadium. And it’s not totally out of the question. No. 1 LSU has to play Florida next week, although the Gators aren’t looking quite as formidable as some thought before the season. They squeaked by Mississippi State – although I think Mississippi St. is much more competitive this season – and, of course, lost to Auburn at home Saturday. Still, an LSU loss could open the door for the regular season showdown for Cal and USC. But again, that’s getting way ahead of ourselves. The Bears still have tough road games at UCLA and Arizona State before then.