December 14, 2006

First Look: California

No. 20 California is heading into the Pacific Life Holiday Bowl against No. 21 Texas A&M on Dec. 28 at 7 p.m. with a limp. After an 8-1 start to the season the Golden Bears were running full steam ahead into their showdown with USC for the Pac-10 title.

But after a 23-9 loss, the Bears finished the season dismally, falling the next week to Arizona and then barely scraping by lowly Stanford in the annual Big Game, 26-17.

Cal's late-season skid has pushed the Bears below the radar, but the fact remains that in November this team was considered a team with an outside shot at a national title.

The roster, especially on offense, is dotted with players with NFL futures. The offense racks up 411 yards per game, which ranks 14th in the nation. The Bears are very balanced in their offensive attack with 395 rushing plays compared to 389 passing attempts this season.

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