The college football preseason yearbooks are hitting the newstands and bookstores. I’ve had a chance so far to look over Athlon’s national edition and Sporting News. Here are some notes from those publications in terms of Cal and the Pac-12:
- Cal is picked to finish in fifth place in the North Division, behind Oregon, Stanford, Washington and Oregon State.
- Cal was ranked 54th in the country among all FBS teams and projected to finish with a 5-7 record.
- In Athlon’s position rankings, Cal’s quarterbacks are picked 12th in the conference.
- The Bears’ highest position ranking is at linebacker, where they are rated 3rd.
- Offensive tackle Mitchell Schwartz, linebacker Mychal Kendricks and punter Bryan Anger made the All-Pac-12 preseason first team.
- Quarterback Zach Maynard was one of 19 players listed as the top transfers in the country.
- Cal was ranked with the third-best 2011 recruiting class in the Pac-12, behind USC and Oregon. Nose tackle Viliama Moala is ranked as the 45th-best incoming freshman in the country, running back Brendan Bigelow is at No. 87 and defensive end Todd Barr at No. 90.
- The Pac-12 is ranked as the fourth-best conference in the country, behind the SEC, Big Ten and Big 12.
- The publications lists 12 coaches on the “hot seat” and seven more that are “getting warm”. Jeff Tedford is not on either list.
- Cal is picked to finish fifth in the North Division, behind Stanford, Oregon, Oregon State and Washington.
- Safety Sean Cattouse was named a preseason third team All-American.
- Cattouse and Schwartz were picked to the preseason All-Pac-12 team (only one team was named).
- Tedford was named as the conference’s best recruiter, with the comment “Just signed a top-20 class and doesn’t have NCAA investigtors poking around.”
- Cal’s 2011 recruiting class is ranked fourth in the Pac-12, behind USC, Oregon and Washington.
- Running back C.J. Anderson and offensive tackle Matt Williams were among the top 11 junior college transfers on offense.
- The Pac-12 was chosen as the third-best conference in the nation.