Over-hyped and lauded prior to previous football seasons, Cal has recorded underwhelming, middle-of-the-pack finishes over the past few seasons like it was their job.
Countless summer predictions of the Pac-10 have cemented the Bears' chances to make any kind of significant impact as nearly non-existent, minimal, and highly unlikely.
Berkeley is often associated with engineering, molecular cell biology, sustainability, hippies, and the free speech movement; not powerhouse college football.
But, will the 2010 Cal football team deviate from the norm and prove that Cal can contend?
A multitude of factors will affect Cal's success in the midst of the competitive season.
Five specific elements prove Cal's potential to contend, including Kevin Riley's consistent production at QB, the power of linebacker Mike Mohamed, the potential of Cameron Jordan, Shane Vereen's transition into Jahvid Best's spotlight, and Jeff Tedford's adjustment to a fresh season.