Cal Picked Second in Pac-10 Football Media Poll
July 26, 2007
Los Angeles - For the fourth consecutive season the University of California football team was picked to finish second in the Pac-10 Media Poll released on Thursday afternoon.
Four-time defending Pac-10 champion USC was a unanimous selection to win the conference title as voted by West Coast media members who regularly cover the league. It marks the fifth consecutive year the Trojans have been the choice to win the title. The Trojans captured all 39 first-place votes.
The Golden Bears garnered 323 points, while third-place pick, UCLA, collected 305 points, followed by Arizona State (242), Oregon State (226), Arizona (162), Washington State (115), Washington (98) and Stanford (47).
Since taking over the Cal program in 2002, head coach Jeff Tedford has built the Bears into one of the top programs in the nation, leading California to four straight bowl appearances and top-10 national rankings in each of the last three years. Cal's 36 wins over the last four years are the most in any four-year stretch in over 50 years for the Bears.
Cal returns eight offensive starters, including junior quarterback Nate Longshore and arguably the best wide receiving corps in the nation - junior DeSean Jackson and seniors Lavelle Hawkins and Robert Jordan.
On the defensive side of the ball, the Bears have five starters returning, including sophomore Syd'Quan Thompson, who started in all 13 games last season.
The 2007 season features six home games at Memorial Stadium, including the season opener against Tennessee on Sept. 1 and a battle with Pac-10 rival USC on Nov. 10. This year's Big Game, the 110th edition of the storied contest, will be played on Dec. 1 at Stanford Stadium.
1. USC2. California3. UCLA4. Arizona State5. Oregon State6. Oregon7. Arizona8. Washington State9. Washington10. Stanford