2009 is a year where many consider the Pacific-10 conference race to be more open than it has been in quite some time.
Of course, the USC Trojans have captured the conference crown the past several years, but many people think that that could all end this season. The teams that most people consider contenders in the conference race are California, Oregon, and possibly Oregon State.
To many fans, analysts, and experts, Oregon is USC's prime challenger, but the Cal Bears, in my opinion, are the team with the best chance to unseat the Trojans.
The main reasons for this are eight returning starters from a good defense, and running back Jahvid Best. But Best will need help from his teammates on offense for the Golden Bears to be true contenders, something he didn't have last season.
These are the top players at the skill positions for Cal in 2009: