The Associated Press preseason top 25 was released today and Cal checks in at No. 12, the same spot the Bears are at in the USA Today top 25. The ranking equals the second-highest spot the Bears have had in the AP preseason poll since Jeff Tedford took over at Cal in 2002. The Bears’ only higher preseason ranking was No. 9 in 2006.
Other Pac-10 entries include No. 4 USC and No. 16 Oregon. Oregon State was the first team listed among others receiving votes. Arizona received 13 votes to come in at No. 38 and UCLA is tied for 41st with seven votes.