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Football: Cal picked 5th in North

Cal has been chosen to finish fifth in the Pac-12 North Division in the preseason Pac-12 media poll that was released this morning at Pac-12 media day in Los Angeles.

The Bears receieved 110 points, 10 behind fourth-place Oregon State. Washington State was chosen to finish last with 51 points.

Oregon was picked to win the North Division and the Pac-12 championship. USC was chosen to win the Pac-12 South Division, but the Trojans are ineligible to participate in the first-ever Pac-12 championship game because of NCAA sanctions. Arizona State was chosen to place second in the South.

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.

  • BillyR GoBears

    Love it! I love running under the radar. Don’t ask me why but I have a feeling that our Bears are going to surprise some folks this year. I believe our QB play will be better than expected and Keenan Allen is going to have a monster year! Go BEARS!

  • rollonubears

    I think we’re going to have a first-place team, a last place team, one second or third place team, and a 3 way tie for the other spot (which will be broken down by tiebreakers, of course, but still, same conference record). I think we’ll finish in that 3 way tie, wherever it is.

  • robert lerma

    A recipe for a good season:

    1. Build some momentum by smoking Fresno State in week 1.

    2. Stay healthy.

    3. Avoid the Jeckyl & Hyde performances of playing good at home and terrible on the road.

    4. Use Maynard’s speed as a weapon not as a backup plan for the passing game.

    5. Play exceptional defense as we know that this group can do.

    GO BEARS!!

  • Steve W.

    I think they got it about right. Cal has not shown it can beat Oregon State at home or away over the past several years. And I am not confident that the Bears can post a good performance up in Seattle early in the season, either. I look at the schedule and see about four or five wins. It all adds up to a fifth place finish and probably the second straight year without a bowl. I hope I am wrong, but I have the lowest expectations heading into the season since 2002.

    I agree with Robert, though, that a convincing performance against Fresno State could set the tone for the whole year and change everything.