Bears Ranked 20th in USA Today Preseason Poll

Aug. 5, 2005

BERKELEY - California is ranked 20th in the USA Today Top 25 poll, marking the second straight year the Bears have received preseason recognition from the panel of coaches.

Last year, Cal was rated 14th in the USA Today preseason rankings, and this week's poll means the Bears have appeared in the Top 25 for 18 consecutive weeks.

Cal, which finished 2004 ranked No. 9 in both the USA Today and Associated Press polls, opens training camp for the '05 campaign Monday in Berkeley. The Bears kick off the season vs. Sacramento State Sept. 3 at 2 p.m. in Memorial Stadium.

In the 2005 poll, Cal is one of three Pac-10 teams to appear in the Top 25, with USC holding down the top spot and Arizona State just ahead of the Bears at No. 18. In the Pac-10 media poll released Aug. 2, Cal was picked to finish second the league behind USC, but ahead of ASU.

The USA TODAY Top 25 college football coaches' poll, withnumber of first-place votes and record in parentheses, totalpoints and previous ranking:(Records through August 5, 2005)    TEAM                                   PTS   PVS    ----                                   ---   --- 1. USC (60) (13-0)                      1,547     1 2. TEXAS (2) (11-1)                     1,405     4 3. TENNESSEE (10-3)                     1,259    15 4. MICHIGAN (9-3)                       1,242    12 5. OKLAHOMA (12-1)                      1,223     3 6. LSU (9-3)                            1,109    16 7. VIRGINIA TECH (10-3)                 1,090    10 8. MIAMI FL (9-3)                       1,080    11 9. OHIO ST (8-4)                        1,033    1910. IOWA (10-2)                          1,014     811. FLORIDA (7-5)                          910    2512. FLORIDA ST (9-3)                       879    1413. GEORGIA (10-2)                         838     614. LOUISVILLE (11-1)                      758     715. AUBURN (13-0)                          723     216. PURDUE (7-5)                           616    NR17. TEXAS A&M (7-5)                        366    NR18. ARIZONA ST (9-3)                       304    2019. BOISE ST (11-1)                        303    1320. CALIFORNIA (10-2)                      293     921. TEXAS TECH (8-4)                       247    1722. BOSTON COLLEGE (9-3)                   237    2123. VIRGINIA (8-4)                         210    2324. ALABAMA (6-6)                          194    NR25. PITTSBURGH (8-4)                       193    NRDropped Out: No. 5 Utah, No. 18 Wisconsin, No. 22 Fresno St,No. 24 NavyOthers Receiving Votes: FRESNO ST 188, OREGON 145, UTAH 103,GEORGIA TECH 88, WISCONSIN 79, NC STATE 69, BOWLING GREEN63, PENN ST 44, COLORADO 40, MINNESOTA 34, UCLA 24, UTEP 22,NEBRASKA 21, KANSAS ST 20, SOUTH CAROLINA 16, NOTRE DAME 13,WEST VIRGINIA 12, WYOMING 12, CLEMSON 9, NEW MEXICO 9,ARIZONA 8, NORTHN ILLINOIS 8, SOUTHERN MISS 7, TOLEDO 7,WASHINGTON ST 7, IOWA ST 6, MICHIGAN ST 6, MEMPHIS 5,WASHINGTON 4, MIAMI OH 3, MARYLAND 2, UAB 1, DUKE 1, KANSAS1.
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