Football: The magazines

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.

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 twitter.com/OkanesonCal.

  • Eric

    5-7 from Athelon. That is what I predicted back in January.

  • GoBears81

    I think 5-7 is overly negative. I think Bears will be .500 or better.

  • Bobby

    Eric, you’re so smart! Proud of you.

    Back in 2008, predicted that Cal would finish the 2011 season somewhere between 7-5 and 8-4, and guess what? The CGB blog’s poll that just came out has cal winning 7.3 games! I’m a genius! Praise me, o commenters

  • Eric

    I’ll only be smart if I am right. If Cal does better than 5-7, I happily get to be the idiot that you can make fun of (a win-win for me, since I find your responses so witty).

    I very much appreciate your e-mail from December indicating that it was incredibly stupid, silly, pointless, etc. for anyone to make any predictions for the 2011 season at the end of the 2010 season. Just as you never refrain from personally attacking anyone who happens to criticize the coaching staff for its mediocre on-field performance over the last five years…unless one measures success by the number of NFL picks, in which case Tedford is doing fantastic).

    And, whatever you may have predicted in 2008, on December 16, 2010, you predicted Cal would go 13-0 and Isi Sofele would win the Heisman. Hopefully you’re real smart about that.

  • Bean

    4th best recruiting class but top recruiter once ethics are taken into account. I’ve always appreciated Tedford’s integrity, but the lack of investigative journalism about the shady practices at other schools is sad.

  • GC

    I guess that’s up to CAL to prove people wrong.

  • BobbyG

    I am really, really scared about this upcoming year. It could get super ugly. However, it could also turn out real well I suppose.

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    Kevin Riley cut faster than you can say “Stop holding the ball up to your ear son”.


  • 66Bear

    This disrespect will only help the Bears have a great year. Tedford and the Bears always seem to do better as an underdog, and this season should be no exception. (Not to mention the nitwits that [again] rate the Big Ten above the PAC-10/12. No matter how many Big Ten teams get spanked by the PAC-10, they have never changed their irrational tune. But no matter. We’ll spank them again this year.) Go Bears!

  • pdxoski

    Derelict houses made whole are flipped
    Pectoral muscles made buff are ripped
    But a title ill gotten
    Will never be forgotten
    As a championship that’s been stripped

  • discdude

    MoreNCS_are_ignored – troll post blocked…what? I can’t hear you.

  • c98

    MoreNCS_are_ignored – troll post blocked. Woohoo! This is great. No squeaky background noise or anything. It’s like you know the pathetic ankle-biter troll is there trying to get attention, but gets none. 🙂

  • c98

    I wonder if this is what the troll is posting about:

    USC officially stripped of 2004 national championship. This makes Cal the official 2004 Pac-10 Champion.


    Ya like apples, troll? How ya like them apples?

  • GOGO Bears

    SC — Appeals cut faster than you can say “Pete, how didn’t you know that Bush and McKnight were taking money under the table?” Faster than Pete ran out of town when he heard the bad stuff was coming. Faster thant the Sanction City fans finally figured out that Bush doesn’t care about them at all and they were used and abused. Faster than a lonely person goes to bed early on New Year’s Eve.

    Fast fast fast.

  • Neil

    Pac 12 ranked 3rd or 4th? Sagarin has consistently ranked the Pac 10 1st or 2nd for at least the past several years. Colorado doesn’t seem to be a strong addition currently, but Utah certainly is.

  • noduck

    it’s going to be a rough year for cal. there will be a lot of early adjusting. i think 5-7 is a fair assessment. depending how effective the new coaches are out of the gate, it could be a long year for the team. unlike the last couple of openers, fresno state will not be an easy win to kick off the season. with that said, if things go right, this could be the year cal takes oregon state.