Saturday, November 17, 2007

The Lost Season

It's still hard to believe how far and fast Cal has fallen this season. One play from being ranked the #1 team in the nation, to one loss away from turning the season into a complete failure - all in the span of six short weeks. I was about to say that things can't get any worse after today's shellacking at the hands of Washington, but unfortunately it isn't true - a loss to Stanford would be worse. And the way Cal is playing right now that looks like a distinct possibility, and if it happens it would leave the Bears bowl-eligible but without even the ability to point to a winning season.

Today, it looked as if they had nothing left after having left it out on the field against USC. The defense was a sieve, and the receivers looked like they'd prepared for the game with vaseline. Over the long run, the injury to Nate Longshore against Oregon was obviously the turning point.

A sixth straight win against the Cardinal would certainly help salve their wounds. If they can't get up for that game, they can't get up for anything - and fired up, I like them by 31-14.

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