Sept. 12, 2010
BERKELEY - Cal has returned to the national rankings for the first time in 2010 at No. 24 with the release of the week three USA Today Coaches' Poll on Sunday. The last time the Golden Bears were nationally ranked was heading into their 2009 season finale at Washington (No. 19 AP, No. 19 BCS, No. 22 USA Today). The Bears have now been ranked among the nation's top 25 teams at one point in each of the last seven seasons and eight times in nine campaigns since head coach Jeff Tedford's arrival in 2002.
The Bears, who were among teams receiving votes (10) in the week two USA Today Coaches' Poll released last Tuesday, received 131 votes in Sunday's week three poll. Cal is also the fourth team listed among those receiving votes outside the AP Top 25, picking up 45 to mark the first time this season the Bears been among those receiving votes according AP.
The Bears are also in the ESPNU Fan Rankings for the first time in 2010 at No. 25. Cal has jumped off to a 2-0 start in its first contests with blowout 52-3 and 52-7 home victories over UC Davis and Colorado, respectively.
The Bears will be on the road for five of their next seven games including a nationally televised ESPN2 game at Nevada this Friday, Sept. 17 (7:00 p.m. PT), but season tickets for Cal's final year in the current configuration of Memorial Stadium are still on sale with all five of the team's exciting Pac-10 home games still on the docket against UCLA (Oct. 9), Arizona State (Oct. 23), Oregon (Nov. 13), Stanford (Nov. 20) and Washington (Nov. 27).
Season tickets in the Gold Zone and Blue Zone begin at $115 for Youth and Seniors, while season tickets also still remain in the Donor section comprising the best seats in the house.
Fans with 2010 season tickets are guaranteed the opportunity to purchase 2011 season tickets for Cal football home games at San Francisco's AT&T Park, which will go on sale at a later date. To guarantee your seats in AT&T Park you must purchase 2010 season tickets. Cal fans that purchase 2010 season tickets and maintain their donation levels will also have access to the best possible season-ticket seat locations when Cal football returns to a renovated Memorial Stadium in 2012.
Cal has enjoyed an extremely successful and popular run at Memorial Stadium in recent years, boasting a 35-6 home mark over its last 41 contests in Berkeley and playing in front of at least 50,000 spectators for each of its last 39 home outings.
The Golden Bears have recorded the second-most victories by a Pac-10 team since Tedford became the team's head coach in 2002 with 69 victories during that span. Cal's current streaks of eight consecutive winning seasons and seven straight bowl appearances have equaled and tied school records, respectively. Tedford is also one of only eight current Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) coaches to have a current string of at least eight winning campaigns in a row, with only six of those coaches accomplishing the feat at the same school.
Call the Cal Athletic Ticket Office at (800) GO BEARS or visit CalBears.com to purchase your 2010 Cal football tickets now.
2010 REMAINING CAL FOOTBALL HOME SCHEDULE
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