My favourite quote over the whole thing is Ray Ratto's take on the difference between Cal and Stanford.
This can be explained in part due to Stanford's strident willingness to pay its head coach less than any other Pac-10 coach, all in the name of "keeping football in its proper perspective." Willingham took them to a Rose Bowl and barely made $700,000; Tedford may get Cal there and the alums are trying to see if he'll take Piedmont, Moraga and the tunnel that connects the two towns as a down payment.
As I said, says it all. :)
Anyway, I should update the schedule, and note that if all goes well, and we beat Southern Miss on Saturday, we are all but guaranteed a BCS bid. If USC beats archrival UCLA on the same day, Cal gets to go to the Rose Bowl for the first time in 46 years. It's not Chicago Cubs levels of futility, but Cal fans know what the word "long-suffering" means. Anyway, since we're 9-1 and guaranteed some sort of bowl game even if we lose, I've added that to the chart. The bowl game, is of course, TBD. We could end up three possible places, depending on how we do, how USC does, and how the BCS polls shake out. We could go to the Rose and play Michigan; we could go to the Fiesta and play Utah, Pittsburgh, Miami, or Virginia Tech (that last one has interesting implications given that it was our win over them in the Insight Bowl last year that lead to this dream season); or we could go to the Holiday and play the third-place Big 12 team, likely Texas A&M.
We'll see. In the meantime... GO BEARS! BEAT THE GOLDEN EAGLES!
|Date||Opponent||Cal score||Opponent score||Cal total score||Opponent total score|
|9/11||New Mexico State||41||14||97||28|
|9/16||@Southern Miss||Postponed, Hurricane Ivan (story)|
|11/20||107th Big Game v. Stanford||41||6||384||131|
|12/4||@Southern Miss (rescheduled)|
|Cal Wins||9||Cal Total Score||384|
|Cal Losses||1||Opp. Total Score||131|
|Cal Avg Pts/game||38.4||Opp. Avg Pts/game||13.1|