Monday, May 14, 2007

Cal Stuff

Ken, over at Bear Territory has posted a response to my comment about his predictions on next season (full post). He makes some convincing arguements about how Cal can still make it to the Rose Bowl with 2 losses. Here are some excerpts...
First of all, I sympathize with their desire to predict all games as wins. That said, I’m too much of a realist for that. The reality is very few seasons result in a team being undefeated and it’s not practical to expect that of any team, with an occasional exception.
Yet you pick USC to go undefeated. USC is a great team with an awesome defense. But I think their offense is weaker this year with no proven wideouts and no superstar at running back. (And yes, USC fans, I have seen the Joe McKnight YouTube videos, but until the 185lb kid takes a smack from DI linebackers and pops back up, he is still a unproven freshman.) So, I believe Cal does have a good shot at beating USC.
As for the 2 losses being too much for a Rose Bowl bid, with 3 losses last year Cal was just a couple of poll spots short of being BCS eligible and it was quite clear that the Rose Bowl wanted Cal if they were eligible... Now that I think about it, perhaps RBBID’s thought is that 2 losses doesn’t get Cal 2nd place.
You are correct. I was not sure that 2 losses would keep us in 2nd place in the Pac 10. But, if Cal did lose to ASU, which I think would drop them out of the top 10. And then the loss to USC would drop them out of top 14 and a win against Stanfurd would do nothing to rise in the polls. But that is all for naught since Cal is going undefeated. (On a side note, if Cal goes undefeated and plays in the NC game than we miss out on the Rose Bowl again.)

Stuff from other bloggers...

Sunday Morning QB has an absurdly pre mature assessment of Tennessee. It is a good overview of Cal's first opponenet.

California Golden Blogs brings back some old memories about talks about Aaron Rodgers and his time in Green Bay.

Okay, enough with this post, I just read some crazy good news that needs its own post.

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