It seems like the stars are aligning for Cal. First, there was the convergence of events Saturday: The Bears’ win over Oregon combined with the upset losses by Oklahoma and Florida. Throw in West Virginia’s loss on Friday, and the Bears suddenly leapt to the forefront of college football (or even more than they already were).
And now this: a bye week. Consider the Bears have gotten to this point despite being less than healthy. Granted, most teams can claim key injuries, but the bottom line is when Cal plays its next game on Oct. 13 against Oregon State, it should see the return of linebacker Zack Follett, defensive end Rulon Davis, fullback Will Ta’ufo’ou and kicker Tom Schneider. Simply put, the bye week comes at a perfect time for the Bears.