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Cal stays in the Top 25 in three College Football polls

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Playing a top-five team close reflects well on the Bears—despite losing and playing pretty ugly at times. And this is coming from someone who's really ugly.

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This would make a ridiculously moving album cover. Wait, do kids these days on iTunes even know that albums have covers?
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The California Golden Bears were just barely (and bearly) in the Top 25 in the AP Poll, the Coaches Poll, and—perhaps most important of all—the ESPN Power Rankings. After losing to the Utah Utes, staying ranked in all three polls seemed highly improbable.

Well, Cal kinda has this issue with highly improbable things.

The AP Poll and the Coaches Poll both have us at #23. We dropped one spot according to the coaches, but are treadmilling according to the AP. And that press is associated, so you know their assessment is trustworthy.

ESPN's Power Rankings has us even higher—we're a stunning 22nd—and actually moving up a spot.

Three other Pac-12 teams—Utah, Stanfurd, and UCLA—were ranked in the polls and higher than Cal. Arizona State, USC, Wash, and Arizona gained votes in at least one of the polls.

Check out the full rankings here.

AP Coaches Massey
1 Ohio State (27) Ohio State (47) TCU
2 Baylor (13) Baylor (8) Florida
3 TCU (3) TCU (5) Utah
4 Utah (16) Michigan State (1) Clemson
5 Clemson (1) LSU (1) Michigan
6 LSU Clemson Ohio State
7 Michigan State Utah (1) Texas A&M
8 Florida State Florida State Baylor
9 Texas A&M (1) Alabama Alabama
10 Alabama Texas A&M Notre Dame
11 Florida Florida LSU
12 Michigan Ole Miss Florida State
13 Ole Miss Notre Dame Oklahoma State
14 Notre Dame Michigan Stanfurd
15 Stanfurd Oklahoma State Iowa
16 Oklahoma State Stanfurd Northwestern
17 Iowa Iowa Oklahoma State
18 UCLA UCLA Ole Miss
19 Oklahoma Oklahoma UCLA
20 Northwestern Boise State Boise State
21 Boise State Northwestern Michigan State
22 Toledo Memphis California
23 California California Toledo
24 Houston Duke Temple
25 Duke Toledo USC