Preview 2018: Previewing and looking ahead to the Cal Golden Bears season with what you need to know.
Preview 2018: Cal Golden Bears
– What You Need To Know: Offense | Defense
– Top Players, Key Game, Fun Stats
– What Will Happen & Win Total Prediction
– Recruiting Class Analysis | Schedule Analysis
– Cal Previews 2017 | 2016 | 2015
Let’s put it this way. Cal should be the breakthrough team in the Pac-12.
At the very least, everything is there to break through the malaise of five losing seasons in the last six, and four 5-7 seasons since 2010.
Outside of the clunkers in 2012 and 2013 – winning four games over the two seasons – it’s been the program that’s been good enough to pesky, while not being any sort of a threat.
The Aaron Rodgers-led 10-2 team was all the way back in 2004. It’s been a while.
And that’s where this season should kick in in Year Two of the Justin Wilcox era. He has everything set up perfectly for Cal to make a whole lot of noise, if not be a real, live contender in the North race.
All of the big division games are at home, all five starters are back on the offensive line, almost all of the key skill guys are back, and the defense doesn’t lose anyone who’s not replaceable.
Throw in the fantastic coaching staff, and there’s a perfect storm to be that team no one sees coming until it’s mid-November and it’s playing USC and Stanford with something meaningful on the line.
Does that mean Cal is headed down the road to to play in the Pac-12 Championship? That’s a stretch, but at least the program should be dangerous again.
It’ll be worth all of that #Pac12AfterDark attention, at least for those who get the Pac-12 Network.
But while it all looks great on paper, this actually has to work.
The coaches might be fantastic, but the passing game has to be far sharper. There has to be more explosion, more downfield plays, and better blocking to make it all happen.
The 3-4 defense has to lead to sacks, and more third down stops, and more plays from the secondary.
Most of all, the program has to learn how to win.
Cal hung around with Arizona, but lost by one. It pushed Stanford, and lost 17-14. It got ripped apart by Josh Rosen and UCLA, and lost by three. There’s the difference. There’s where Cal can quickly improve. Win two of those, and it’s going bowling.
Yeah, Cal is going to be good. Be ready for it.