An Overly Optimistic Analysis of the Cal Bears' 2009 College Football Schedule

Steven ResnickSenior Writer IAugust 5, 2009

I'm going to take a look at the schedule for the California Golden Bears football team. The Bears have a few question marks on the offensive side, but defensively Cal shouldn't be too concerned even after the loss of stud linebackers Worrell Williams, Anthony Felder, and Zach Follett.

The Bears defensive backfield did not lose any of the starters, Tyson Alualu on the defensive line will spend plenty of time in opposing team's backfields.

As I mentioned earlier though there's question marks on the offensive side. The two questions are who is the starting quarterback and who will replace the production from Cameron Moorah?

Cal Bear's head coach has yet to name a starting quarterback it will be either Kevin Riley who started games last year for Cal and also has lead Cal to a come from behind Bowl Game win in his freshman year.

Competing for Riley's spot is Brock Mansion who is not as athletic as Riley but possess a better arm. It will be interesting to figure out how that unfolds for the Bears.

As for replacing Moorah's production, Anthony Miller is a big target for either Riley or Mansion. Miller at 6'3 260 could be an x-factor for the Bears offensively especially in goal line situations.

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It's time to look at the schedule for the Bears. On September 5 the Bears take on the Maryland Terrapins. I look for the Bears to take revenge on the Terrapins especially after the miserable performance in the first half of their last meeting.

In that game it may have provided one of the most watched clips on Youtube. It was when Kevin Riley used a swing pass to Best, but lead him right into the Terrapins defense where Best got smacked, he was hit so hard he actually threw up.

This time though it will be the Bears prevailing. The Bears start the season on a good note with Jahvid Best having a monster game. Cal starts the season 1-0.

Next game up for the Bears should be relatively easy the Bears take on Eastern Washington at home on September 12. Best and his backup Shane Vareen run wild against the Eagles, backups will see some time in the game on both sides of the ball.

With the Bears at 2-0, they take on the University of Minnesota on the road. The Golden Gophers cannot be overlooked, which the Bears will not do. Best again posts huge numbers and the Bears will start the season 3-0.

September 26 is the first big test for the Bears. The Bears will be playing in Eugene, Oregon at Autzen Stadium the loudest homefield in the Pac-10. The Bears and the Oregon Ducks have played close contests recently.

I do believe the Bears pull this one out as well. Their defense will do a good job of containing Jeremiah Masoli and LeGarette Blount of the Ducks will make it interesting defensively for the Bears, but in the end the Bears pull it out.

Bears starts the season 4-0.

Huge game at home then comes up for the Bears on October 3! Is this the season the Bears finally take down USC? The Trojans have question marks at quarterback just like the Bears do, and the Trojans got hit hard  defensively with the losses on the defensive side.

I believe that the game will be interesting and Jahvid Best will have the final say for the Bears with the Bears finally taking down the Trojans. Bears record at this point 5-0.

The Bears then head down to UCLA on October 17 and come out flying with no letdown from the huge victory over the Trojans. Again Best is going to show why he is the best running back in the Pac-10. A 6-0 record is entirely possible for the Bears!

October 24 at home is against the Washington State Cougars I don't see this game as much of a threat. The Bears will again utilize their running game to thoroughly dominate the Cougars. The Bears will then have a 7-0 record.

Arizona State has quarterback issues and their running game is suspect. I don't see the Bears faltering and the Bears win pushing their record to 8-0.

Oregon State will be another tough test for the Bears, but the Bears are at home. With the crowd excited and the Bears holding onto their undefeated season, Jahvid Best out performs the Rodgers brothers. Pushing the Bears record to 9-0.

Arizona lost their quarterback from last year, they do have a solid running game and last year their freshman running back Keola Antolin ran through their defense. The Bears will learn from their mistakes from last year and defeat the Wildcats.

Stanford could give the Bears a run for their money because for one it's a rivalry game, but still the Bears find a way to hold on and win. Going 11-0.

Washington who will definitely be better then they were last year when they didn't win a single game, but they do not have the talent level to stay with the Bears. At the end of the season the Bears are undefeated at 12-0.

Maybe I'm just being overly optimistic, but I believe this is the year that Cal does great things especially if the offensive line can create holes for Jahvid Best.

Realistically the Bears are more than likely going to finish no worse than 8-3.


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