2009 CFB Preview: California

The Golden Bears are going to be a one man wrecking crew, so long as Tedford doesn't screw things up. Jahvid Best was the most explosive back in college football last year and there's no reason to think he won't continue that this year.

At least the Bears get USC at home. They have the best shot of anyone to knock off the Trojans this year (more on this tomorrow). Cal is also fortunate to catch Maryland and Minnesota in their descents back to their historical places in college football. When Cal scheduled them, Fridge looked competent and Glen Mason had turned Minnesota from a 3-8 Big Ten also ran into a 7-4 Big Ten also ran.

If you are high on Cal this year, then the 55-1 you could get at the Venetian when I was out there isn't so bad. The median odds put them at 90-1 to go undefeated in the regular season while the best case scenario puts the odds at 31-1. Yet another integer win total means no value there.