There is no panic, no desperation as the Cal football team embarks on its eighth try over two seasons to gain bowl eligibility, says receiver Bryce Treggs.
“But there’s kind of a sense of urgency within our team,” said Treggs of Saturday night’s game against Oregon State at Memorial Stadium.
The Bears (5-4, 2-4 Pac-12) have lost four straight since opening 5-0 to reach the cusp of qualifying for their first bowl game since 2011. One more victory will do the trick.
Cal had chances to get a sixth win in its final three games a year ago, and lost all of them.
“Every week after a loss, you kind of feel pressure to win the next week. This week we’ve kind of put that behind us,” said Treggs, acknowledging that is easier said than done. “We just have to come together, be mature and overcome this adversity we’re going through.”
Win or lose this week, the Bears have two more chances: A week from Saturday at seventh-ranked Stanford in the Big Game, and Nov. 28 at home against Arizona State.
Clearly, this is their best opportunity.
The Bears were an underdog in six of those previous seven “eligibility” games. They opened as 17½-point favorites over the Beavers (2-7, 0-6), who have scored just 25 points in their past three games and are playing without their injured starting quarterback. The betting climbed to 21½ by Thursday.