Cal No. 21 in Latest <i>USA Today</i> Poll/No. 22 in AP Rankings and BCS Standings

Nov. 22, 2009

BERKELEY - Cal moved back onto the most recent Top 25 lists released Sunday by the USA Today (No. 21), Associated Press (No. 22) and BCS (No. 22) after a thrilling 34-28 Big Game victory Saturday over Stanford (previously No. 14 AP/No. 17 USA Today, No. 17 BCS). The Bears have now won five of their last six games overall.

Cal has been ranked as high as No. 20 in the 2009 BCS Standings, reaching that spot on Nov. 1 before a loss to Oregon State six days later knocked them out for one week before they returned at No. 25 last week.

Cal was among those receiving votes in last week's AP Top 25 rankings and USA Today poll. The Golden Bears had been ranked as high as No. 6 by both AP and USA Today on Sept. 20 after opening the season with a 3-0 mark following a No. 12 preseason ranking in both.

The top six BCS teams - Florida (.9664 BCS average), Alabama (.9614), Texas (.9263), TCU (.8699), Cincinnati (.8591) and Boise State (.7834) - are all undefeated and also the top six teams in the AP Top 25 rankings and USA Today. Georgia Tech (10-1, .7756) ranks No. 7 on all three lists.

No. 8 Oregon (.6724) is the first of four Pac-10 teams listed in the BCS Standings, followed by No. 16 Oregon State (.3140), No. 20 USC (.2589) and No. 22 Cal (.2033).Cal will enjoy a bye week before traveling to Washington (3-7, 2-5 Pac-10) for the final regular season game of the 2009 season for both teams on Saturday, Dec. 5 (3:30 p.m. PT). The contest will be televised live on Comcast SportsNet California.

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