Sept. 30, 2007
BERKELEY - The University of California football team has climbed to No. 3 in both the Associated Press and the USA Today Coaches Polls. The Golden Bears, who were ranked No. 6 in the nation last week, defeated Oregon, 31-24 on the road, while three teams ranked above them lost on Saturday. It is the highest Associated Press ranking for Cal since the 1952 season when the Bears held the No. 3 ranking for consecutive weeks midway through the season.
The last time Cal was ranked higher than No. 3 was the Oct. 16th ranking in 1951 when the Golden Bears climbed to No. 1 following a victory over Washington State. The Bears held that ranking for one week before losing to USC.
California has now been ranked in the AP poll for 23 straight weeks and 49 of the last 53 weeks of rankings. The Bears have been ranked in the top three just seven times in the last 68 years. Overall, Cal has been ranked in the top three 14 times, including seven straight weeks being ranked in the top two during 1937, the second year of the AP poll. The 1937 team, coached by legendary Stub Allison, captured Cal's last football national championship after defeating Alabama, 13-0, in the 1938 Rose Bowl.
The Golden Bears have their first bye week of the 2007 season this week. They return to action on Saturday, Oct. 13, hosting Oregon State for Homecoming. Game time and television information for that game is expected to be available on Monday. Tickets are still available by visiting www.CalBears.com or by calling 1-800-GO-BEARS.