A lot has to be accomplished for the Bears to improve on their 3-9 record. The first accomplishment is Zach Kline finding his groove as the starter.
It will be tough with the Bears hosting Northwestern to start the season, and a loss isn’t the best way to start a new era. Still, a strong home showing will provide the program with a boost of confidence heading into Week 2.
Portland State will be a sure win, but another tough contest follows with Ohio State. Starting 1-2 may not seem like a strong start, but this is arguably one of the toughest schedules in the Pac-12.
A trip to Oregon will end in a loss, but a win over Washington State to start October will have the program moving in the right direction.
The team will be competitive in the first few weeks and should hang some points on Oregon, but it won’t be enough to get the Bears any big wins.
A 2-3 start sends them back on the road to a tough showdown with a very talented UCLA squad. A loss follows, but then the wheels hit the track.
Cal takes a tough win at home against Oregon State, and then travels to Washington and walks out with a surprising double-digit win. Zach Kline has his best game in the Dykes offense to date and looks like a future All-American.
At 4-3, the Bears are set to host two home games against Arizona and USC.
This is the most important stretch of the season as it will determine a bowl run for the Bears. With tensions running high in Berkeley, Cal is able to pull off a squeaker against Arizona.
The Wildcats play a tough game and score points, but the high-octane offense for Cal gets the win.
The following week the Bears embarrass the Kiffin-led Trojans and walk away with their sixth win of the year. The game isn’t close, and Cal wins by a touchdown.
A win comes against Colorado giving the Bears a 7-4 record heading into the Stanford game. The Cardinal walks away with a tough win, but Cal goes bowling.
The Bears finish the regular season 7-5 with a trip to the Las Vegas Bowl.
The Cal program is limping into the new year with a new quarterback and head coach running the program.
There have been a lot of changes in Berkeley, and it spells disaster to start the year. The Bears lose in devastating fashion at home to Northwestern, then pull out a win against Portland State.
At 1-1, Ohio State comes to town and drops the hammer on the Bears. Another loss comes to Oregon in embarrassing fashion, and a close loss follows at home to Washington State.
The growing pains are obvious from the coaching change as the Bears sit at 1-4.
Another win is not seen for the program until the Colorado game as the Bears mount losses to UCLA, Oregon State, Washington, Arizona and USC.
At 2-9, the program finishes with a loss to Stanford and one win short of 2012’s total.
A 2-10 record is not where the program wanted to be under new management, but growing pains happen. It is the first year in a tough conference, and Cal has to expect growth to happen over time, not overnight.