It has not been a good week for Cal sports fans. In case you missed it, Chancellor Robert Birgeneau announced that the university is going to axe several of its athletic programs, including the Bears' 118-year old baseball program.
The good news is that Cal football isn’t going anywhere. And although the Bears are idle this week as they await their homecoming game against UCLA Saturday, there’s no reason we can’t talk some pigskin.
One of the major shortcomings of college football is that a team’s ultimate fate can be determined after only a couple games. So it goes for Cal, whose two losses essentially eliminate them from the discussion of any major bowl game.
Of their four games, the last two losses to Nevada and Arizona should give Cal fans a pretty good notion of the true character of the 2010 Golden Bears. The general trend of head coach Jeff Tedford’s first eight seasons at the helm seems to be holding as true as ever: the Bears are good, but not great.
If we were to disregard those first two games against UC Davis and Colorado, whether or not the Bears are any good at all is a matter of some debate.
For your reading pleasure, I decided to take an honest census of things. Start the slideshow to find a detailed study of what their two games can tell us about Cal’s defense, offense, and coaching.