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Football: Cal picked 5th in North

By Jonathan Okanes
Tuesday, July 26th, 2011 at 10:03 am in Football, off-season stuff.

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.

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  • 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.