One win away from bowl contention. As we enter the bye week, how would you rank our performances in our four FBS wins?
1) Northwestern: Still our best performance of the season and set the tone for the rest of the year. If we lost this game, we're probably treading water and everyone is openly speculating about Sonny's future come next season. Cal came out with an excellent game plan, then held on for dear life on the road. Offense, defense, special teams all had their moments.
Actually, I really loved this win because it was so decisive. The Bears overcame a bad game by their star quarterback and prevailed on the road by two touchdowns. Jared Goff had a bad start to the game, but finished strong and made some huge throws to lead Cal back. And the running game was dominant, just mashing away.
Outside of that late 21-0 run where Sean Mannion was wheeling and dealing because he's Sean Mannion and that's what I expect Sean Mannion to do, the Cal defense had their best performance of the season. They made huge stops early and sealed this one away. Forcing the Beavers to 3-11 on 3rd down, getting a crucial pick and then a crucial 4th down stop...all of those salted the game away. This unit is getting more confident by the week. I love it.
(I'll take the win because it cancels out the Hill Mary, but honestly the Arizona win would be ranked #1 on this list if it was actually a win.)