Well another year, another disappointing Cal football season. Of course, we're getting so used to this now why should we even be surprised? What doesn't make sense about a really talented football team with the most explosive running back in the country and a defense that was in the top 20 the previous season getting absolutely crushed the first time it plays real competition, then seemingly righting itself and beating their arch rival, then getting absolutely crushed again, this time by a team that didn't even reach bowl eligibility? Top it all off with another loss to a pretty good team in the postseason and you've learned that being a Cal football fan isn't too different from being on 3-4 month long roller coaster. Even more similar to a roller coaster, there are times when you feel you're having the time of your life and there are other times when you, well, want to vomit.
But all similes aside it makes a certain amount of sense that not much is expected of Cal this season. They disappointed last season and they have most of their starters returning from their inconsistent quarterback to their underachieving defense. However, there are more reasons for optimism in Berkeley than I think most analysts and Pac-10 fans acknowledge. I don't buy that Cal will be a worse team this year than they were last year, and I certainly don't buy the seventh or eigth place finish in the conference that many have predicted.
So without further ado, here is my football preview for the 2010 Cal Golden Bears.