2. The Most Underrated Thing Was …
Cal 20, Washington 19 …
And you didn’t see it.
You know who also didn’t watch? The pollsters who made 1-1 Washington 21st in the Coaches Poll and 23rd in the AP, and didn’t rank 2-0 Cal.
The game started almost three hours late because of weather problems, meaning the game ended after 4 am on the east coast.
The Bears finished with close to 200 rushing yards, got an effective day from QB Chase Garbers, and was a +2 in turnover margin as they took down the defending Pac-12 champs in the conference opener.
It was the second straight year Cal beat the Huskies, getting it done this time with two Marcel Dancy touchdown runs in the second quarter, and closing out with a game-winning 17-yard field goal from Greg Thomas with eight seconds to play.
With that, the already CFP-wounded Pac-12 – thanks to the Oregon loss to Auburn – has all but lost one of its other stars. Washington is fantastic, but it still has to play Oregon, go to Stanford, and deal with USC, Utah and Washington State.
Can Cal be in the mix? Nah. It’s good, but at Oregon, at Utah, at Stanford – start there, and it’s not getting through this season without at least a few losses.