Sekou Sanyika leads
the Pac-10 in tackles
for loss with 10.


Cal Football Ranked No. 15 in N.Y. Times Poll

Rated second best Pac-10 team by computer service.

September 30, 1998

Berkeley - The Cal Football team not only tallied votes in both the Associated Press writers' poll and the USA Today/ESPN coaches' poll this week for the first time this season, but the Bears fared even better in the two national computer polls that were released this week.

Cal was ranked tied for No. 15 in the New York Times computer poll this week with only Oregon ranked higher in the Pac-10 (No. 12). The Times computer model is based on an analysis of each team's scores with emphasis on three factors: who won, by what margin and against what quality of opposition.

Other Pac-10 teams in the New York Times Top 25 are UCLA at No. 21 and Arizona at No. 24. Ohio State is ranked first, followed by Nebraska and Tennessee.

In the Sagarin computer rankings released this week, Cal is ranked No. 33 nationally, but only seventh among Pac-10 teams. Oregon is No. 11, UCLA No. 11, Washington No. 13, USC No. 15, Arizona No. 16, Arizona State No. 29, Washington State No. 40, Oregon State No. 53 and Stanford No. 67.

In the Associated Press poll this week, Cal is No. 42, while the Bears rank tied for 39th in the USA Today/ESPN poll.

Cal has the week off, before returning to action on Oct. 10 at USC in a 3:30 p.m. game. The Bears play four of their next five games on the road. Head coach Tom Holmoe indicated he believed that free safety Pete Destefano, who missed the Washington State game with a sprained ankle, and defensive end Andre Carter, who suffered a sprained ankle in the first half of the WSU contest, would both be back in action for the USC game.