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New Cal head coach Sonny Dykes
Anytime a new coach replaces a coach who has been with a program for 12 years, there's bound to be some growing pains. Sonny Dykes has his work cut out for him after head coach Jeff Tedford was dismissed.
But the loss of talent on this team is also very concerning. The offense loses All-Pac-12 offensive lineman Brian Schwenke as well as receiver Keenan Allen—who declared early for the NFL draft—and quarterback Zach Maynard.
Cornerback Steve Williams declared early for the NFL draft—Cal's other starting cornerback, Marc Anthony, as well as safety Josh Hill, are both seniors. The loss of defensive lineman Aaron Tipoti will also be a big void to fill.
The Golden Bears will be in total rebuilding mode in 2013 and while we should see a much more prolific offense, a 6-6 season sounds about right. The Bears drew Oregon, Stanford, UCLA and Washington on the road and also drew USC and Oregon State at home. Their non-conference slate includes Northwestern and Ohio State.