Aug. 16, 2004
BERKELEY, Calif. - While head coach Jeff Tedford would be the first to remind Cal fans that pre-season rankings will play no measurable role when his Golden Bears christen the 2004 campaign at Air Force Sept. 4, the facts are indisputable: California football has not been rated this high nationally in half a century. In the Associated Press poll released on Saturday, the Bears were ranked No. 13 in the nation. That represents Cal's highest ranking in the preseason AP poll since Pappy Waldorf's club earned a No. 12 rating in 1954. In fact, this year marks only the fourth time in school history that the Bears have cracked the preseason AP Top 20, also appearing in the 1976 and 1992 polls. Cal, which also earned a No. 15 preseason ranking in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll this summer, is setting records at the turnstiles as well. The school's marketing department projects 32,000 season tickets will be sold this year, which would break the all-time mark of 30,000 set in 1992. However, good seats still remain for Cal's 2004 home schedule, which features New Mexico State Sept. 11, UCLA Oct. 16, Arizona State Oct. 30, Oregon Nov. 6 and Stanford Nov. 20. For ticket information, call (800) GO BEARS.