Cal Picked Second in Pac-10 Preseason Poll
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  08/02/2005

Aug. 2, 2005

LOS ANGELES -- The 2005 California football team has been picked to finish second in the Pacific-10 Conference in a preseason poll of West Coast media members who regularly cover the conference. It is the second consecutive year that the Golden Bears have been tabbed to finish second, which is the highest that Cal has ever been picked to finish in conference play, dating back to 1961.

"We have a lot of young talent, balanced with good senior leadership," said Jeff Tedford. "Defensively, we have many talented players and offensively, we expect our receivers to play a major part in our offense early. Everyone is eager to step up and get the job done. I'm a 100% confident we have the talent to get things done, now its just a matter of gaining the experience."

USC is the unanimous choice to win the Pac-10 football crown. The Trojans earned all 41 first-place votes, marking the second year in a row that USC has received every first-place vote. The Trojans are the two-time defending Pac-10 and National champions.

Following are the results of the pre-season media poll (points 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1, first-place votes in parentheses):

1. USC (41) 410

2. Cal 300

3. Arizona St. 296

4. Oregon 290

5. UCLA 282

6. Washington St. 189

7. Oregon St. 159

8. Arizona 131

9. Stanford 106

10. Washington 92