Where does the Cal football team stand after scoring 164 points and allowing that same total in its first three Pac-12 Conference games?
Believe it or not, in first place in the Pac-12 North.
“We’ll start worrying about who’s in what place at the end of the season.” coach Sonny Dykes said after Cal’s 60-59 win at Washington State on Saturday night in an offensive epic that stretched on to 11:41 p.m.
At that moment, WSU’s Quentin Breshears missed wide right on a 19-yard field goal that would have reversed the outcome.
The Bears, who survived an NCAA record-breaking passing game from Cougars quarterback Connor Halliday, embraced the good fortune while continuing to distance themselves from last season’s 1-11 nightmare.
“It was kind of like the football gods were on our side,” said Cal quarterback Jared Goff, who broke his own school record with 527 yards and five touchdowns, the game-winner a 51-yarder to Trevor Davis with 3:18 left.
A third straight high-octane performance gives the Bears (4-1, 2-1 Pac-12) their best start since 2008 and equals their victory total of the past two seasons combined.
It also earned them six votes Sunday in the latest AP Top-25 poll.
But Cal has chronic flaws it must address before Saturday’s home game against Washington and a subsequent gauntlet of matchups against the Pac-12’s best teams.