Coach — Sonny Dykes, third year
Dykes’ record — 6-18 overall/3-15 Pac-12
Last season — 5-7/3-6 (4th in North)
Returning starters — 13 (eight offense, four defense)
Pac-12 media projection — 3rd in North
LEADERS OF THE PACK
Offense — This is now quarterback Jared Goff’s team and he has weapons all around him. Cal’s receiving corps, led by Bryce Treggs and Kenny Lawler, is among the best in the Pac-12, and Daniel Lasco leads a deep group of running backs expecting success behind a more established line.
Defense — Young and overmatched on this side most of the past two seasons, the Bears are looking for big seasons from five senior starters — tackle Mustafa Jalil, end Kyle Kragen, safety Stefan McClure, linebacker Jalen Jefferson and cornerback Darius White.
Offense — No. 2 running back Vic Enwere, now 6-1, 230 pounds, gives the Bears a north-south runner with power and a year of experience.
Defense — Sophomore defensive end James Looney, a transfer from Wake Forest, has drawn raves from coaches and teammates for his speed and athleticism.
STAT THAT MATTERS
The Bears are 1-19 against Stanford, Oregon, Washington, USC and UCLA the past four years. In two seasons under Dykes they are 0-10 against those five schools, giving up 46.0 points per game and losing by an average 24.7 points. If Cal wants to take climb the Pac-12 ladder, it will have to beat someone other than Oregon State, Washington State and Colorado.
Sept. 26: at Washington (tba) — Cal will be coming off a tough nonconference road game vs. Texas when it opens Pac-12 play against a Huskies’ team whose 31-7 win in Berkeley last season was the turning point in a year that saw Cal start 4-1 and finish 1-6. If the Bears wants to climb into the upper half of the North Division they need to win in Seattle.