Cal Ranked 15th in ESPN/USA Today Preseason Poll

July 30, 2004

BERKELEY - In yet another sign of the resurgence of Cal football, the Golden Bears are ranked 15th in the ESPN/USA Today Preseason Coaches Poll released today.

Cal received 566 points to rate just behind Tennessee (598 votes), but ahead of Clemson (503), Missouri (502) and Auburn (473), among others. USC tops the poll, while Oregon, in the 25th position, is the only other Pac-10 school recognized.

The Bears, the lone team to defeat the Trojans last season - 34-31 in triple overtime, visit USC Oct. 9, while Cal hosts Oregon Nov. 6.

In addition to the ESPN/USA Today notice, Cal has appeared in virtually every other preseason ranking, including 10th by Phil Steele's College Football Preview, 11th by both ESPN.com and Blue Ribbon College Football, 14th by Athlon Sports, 15th by Sports Illustrated/CNN.com, 17th by Lindy's Sports and 21st by CBSSportsLine.com).

Earlier this week, Cal was predicted to finish second in the Pac-10 by a vote of West Coast media - the Bears highest standing since the formation of the Pac-10 in 1978.

Here is a look at the entire ESPN/USA Today Preseason Coaches Poll

1. USC                15002. Oklahoma           14263. LSU                13874. Georgia            13285. Miami              12466. Florida State      11777. Michigan           11288. Texas              10879. Ohio State         103010. Florida            69111. West Virginia      68412. Iowa               64213. Kansas State       63914. Tennessee          59815. California         56616. Clemson            50317. Missouri           50218. Auburn             47319. Virginia           45320. Maryland           44321. Utah               43822. Wisconsin          24823. Minnesota          18723. Purdue             18725. Oregon             175
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