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A 6-6 regular season finish with a bowl victory isn't out of the question for Cal; in fact, it's quite possible.
The fact that Cal is 0-3 in conference is a little misleading, having played at Washington and Oregon before their USC debacle. This trinity is easily three of the conference's best, and while Cal was able to compete, road wins in Seattle and Eugene will always be difficult to come by.
The Bears are actually near the middle of the conference in every offensive category, and boast the third-stingiest defense in the Pac-12. Unfortunately, they chose to play their worst game of the season with everyone watching.
Despite shaming themselves on ESPN, Cal's fortunes look to improve substantially. A quick look at the schedule shows a winnable game against Utah followed by UCLA, Washington State and Oregon State. Of those last three they get Wazzu and the Beavers at home. Despite contending for a spot in the inaugural Pac-12 title game, the Bruins are beatable even in Pasadena this year. With all that in mind, it isn't a stretch to think that the Golden Bears could take the next three out of four.
Getting through that portion of the schedule at 6-4 or even 7-3 will be crucial considering their final two games are against Stanford and Arizona State on the road. Both the Cardinals and Sun Devils look too good at this point for Cal to have much of a chance, and will still have a lot to play for.
As USC is still ineligible for postseason play, Arizona State looks to be in a tight battle for placement in the conference title game with UCLA. Not only will Stanford undoubtedly show up for a passion-filled rivalry game at the Farm, but they will need to go undefeated if they expect to get a shot at a national title.
If Cal can cut the mistakes that plagued them against SC, they will most likely finish the season on a positive note. The Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl, played in their temporary home stadium, is a probable destination.