Jonathan Okanes

Jonathan Okanes is in his fourth year covering Cal's football team. Previously, he covered Cal's men's basketball team for four years. He can also be followed on Twitter at

  • macdaddytms

    …at least a Pac-10 team is on top again…

  • Jan K Oski

    Good way to wrap it up, JO. By the way, your 31-24 prediction on the Daily Cal Special Edition for Gameday won among the other 5 writers. Now’s how will Cal get to 50 against Wassu? Go Bears!

  • Big D

    I was thinking of who Paul Wolfe reminds me of, then it came to me, the goofy, bumbling recruit in ‘Full Metal Jacket’ who shoots himself during basic.

  • macdaddytms

    “Bull#$@%. I bet you could suck a golfball through a garden hose.”

  • macdaddytms

    No go in the AP Poll either 🙁
    I guess Best needs to run faster this week.

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    After the eggs you guys laid last year there are no coaches or sportswriters that want to stick their necks out for the program. Do you blame them? It won’t be until you beat a good team and not some vanilla coated cupcake that you will restore a little confidence in the voters. Even if you go 4-0 you won’t get any higher than 20th.

  • macdaddytms

    Unfortunately you’re right. A x-country, TV road win next week will help, but MSU doesn’t play a good program for a month, so we really won’t know if last week was a quality win for awhile.

    Someone at ESPN likes us… we are #23 on their Power Poll….

    Sagarin (one of the BCS computer polls) has Cal at #10… Billingsley (another BCS computer poll) has Cal at #39…USC is #1 in both

  • PasadenaBear

    Who cares about early season polls? Wait until week 8 then let’s start debating.

  • Teff EdFord (also from Concord)

    True, but then again, who frigging cares..and if Michigan State was a vanilla-coated cupcake (on a side note, you metnion food A LOT), then so was Virgina – MSU received more top-25 votes (21) than Virgina did (4), and had a much better running back.

  • macdaddytms

    A lot of people care… otherwise no one would be putting them together.

    And since the polls decide who plays in the top game, they are important to those that care about the National Championship.

    I actually like the traditional bowl system, and wish they would stop trying to name a national champion. As March Madness has proven, a playoff renders the regular season meaningless… in hoops conference play has become nothing but a maneuver for position in the brackets. I think a playoff in Football would ruin it’s regular season as well.

  • macdaddytms

    what does it mean if the frosting is chocolate? does it help if there are little colored sprinkles?

  • Steve in Concord

    Wow. I’m kind of surprised UCLA jumped over us into the AP Top 25 wih a skin-of-their-teeth win over the Vols. We didn’t seem to move up at all. It looks like we are going to be disrespected for awhile but I’m confidant that after winning our next three games we will be in the 16th-20th position.

    While it’s true that early poll rankings don’t count for much, they are a platform to build on. Last year we started high, nearly got to the top, then crashed. Maybe starting out low and steadily climbing all season will work out better.

    On another note, do we really need to engage the troll in debates over academic superiority? Eventually we’ll get down to squabbling over who’s got the cutest cheerleaders and the best marching band.

    I don’t even think the troll is a true USC football fan. If it were, wouldn’t it be spending time at USC fan forums reveling in the stomping of Virginia and discussing the upcoming big game with Ohio State? With no discernible connection to the school or it’s football program, it appears that the troll is just using USC as a tool to hammer Cal grads and football fans for it’s own deranged satisfaction. Whatever gets it off, I guess.

  • Teff EdFord (also from Concord)

    Unfortunately, Mcdaddy is correct, which is why I don’t worry about going to the NC, as the Rose Bowl is fine goal for now, at least until we get much better facilities (i.e. need chainsaw), and stay hot for a few seasons. The preseason polls will always be there, but there prone to hallucination…one, we’re on the West coast, and we’re not USC/UCLA; two, I think the only thing polls have done for us is to feed the “over-rated” dogma, both in the stands and the media, and three, the players, for the most part, haven’t proven to keep the ranking out of their heads. No that it was the ranking that affected us, it just seemed that way, especially in 04, and last year.
    I’m actually relieved we’re not ranked. Add to that,I’d agree that UCLA being ranked above us above us does seem weird, although the game got everyone’s attention.