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Coaches Poll 2015: Cal to face five top 25 opponents this season in final six weeks

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Three other teams received votes will also be on their schedule.

Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

No surprise: The California Golden Bears will have a relatively tough schedule in 2015. Let's take a look at the teams that made the top 25 of the preseason coaches poll (and no, Cal did not receive any votes).

at No. 14 UCLA Bruins, Thursday, October 22nd: Cal has won once in the Rose Bowl since the start of the Tedford era.

No. 10 USC Trojans, October 31st: Cal has not beaten USC since 2003.

at No. 5 Oregon Ducks, November 7th: Cal has not beaten Oregon since 2008.

at No. 21 Stanford Cardinal, November 21st: Cal has not won the Big Game since 2009.

No. 16 Arizona St. Sun Devils, November 28th: Cal has not won their Senior Day game in Memorial since 2009.

Cal will also have three teams at the start of the year that received votes in the Texas Longhorns (8 votes, September 19th in Austin), the Washington Huskies (1 vote, September 26th in Seattle), and the Utah Utes (40 votes, October 10th in Salt Lake City). What a minefield of a road schedule--every opponent is a threat to crack the top 25 by the end of the year.

You can see why starting the year strong is so critical for the Golden Bears. This is where the wins are.  You can also see why Cal must come close to sweeping its home schedule--there aren't many chances to win road games after we leave September.

Here's the full Coaches Poll data.

RANK TEAM RECORD POINTS 1ST PLACE VOTES PREV CHANGE HI/LOW
1 Ohio State 14-1 1598 62 NR -
2 TCU 12-1 1487 1 NR -
3 Alabama 12-2 1452 1 NR -
4 Baylor 11-2 1365 NR -
5 Oregon 13-2 1260 NR -
6 Michigan State 11-2 1230 NR -
7 Auburn 8-5 1103 NR -
8 Florida State 13-1 1057 NR -
9 Georgia 10-3 1026 NR -
10 USC 9-4 1014 NR -
11 Notre Dame 8-5 883 NR -
12 Clemson 10-3 838 NR -
13 LSU 8-5 727 NR -
14 UCLA 10-3 697 NR -
15 Ole Miss 9-4 668 NR -
16 Arizona State 10-3 577 NR -
17 Georgia Tech 11-3 573 NR -
18 Wisconsin 11-3 470 NR -
19 Oklahoma 8-5 407 NR -
20 Arkansas 7-6 377 NR -
21 Stanford 8-5 365 NR -
22 Arizona 10-4 299 NR -
23 Missouri 11-3 229 NR -
24 Boise State 12-2 190 NR -
25 Tennessee 7-6 166 NR -