Jeff Tedford in his debut season at Cal in 2002 had Michigan State. Jim Harbaugh five years later at Stanford had USC.
But what has first-year Cal coach Sonny Dykes’ team achieved this season that might provide a spark for the program’s future?
So far, nothing tangible. At 1-10 and without a win over a Football Bowl Subdivision opponent, Dykes and the Bears have one more chance to make a splash.
“If we beat Stanford,” linebacker Michael Barton said, “we’ll have a lot of steam rolling into next year.”
But as 32-point underdogs Saturday, the Bears are the biggest long shot in Big Game history.
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