The early hype for 2020 California football is pretty convenient right now given the struggles of our Basketball teams.
Not as optimistic as USA Today placing us in their too-early Top 25, but CBS Sports has identified the California Golden Bears as a “fast-rising” team—one of six teams that could break into the Top 25 come 2020.
The Golden Bears are the underground buzz of the West Coast. Justin Wilcox gets back just about every difference-making player on offense. That includes quarterback Chase Garbers, who threw four touchdowns in the bowl game. The eight wins tie for the most since 2008. Cal gets TCU, Stanford, Oregon, Utah and Washington at home.
Granted, this article was written before news of Gerald Alexander’s departure broke—have no fear, Old Blues, as that is most assuredly a sign of doom.
There. I think there’s now some good news for readers in all parts of our fanbase spectrum.
Keep on reading to learn about some RECORD-BREAKING performances by our Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving team.
- With head coach Meagan Owusu on maternity leave as she and husband Ernest Owusu expect triplets (gulp) associate head coach Derek Olson will serve as the acting head coach for the team. Congrats to the Owusus and Coach Olson!
- California falls to 8–10 (0–7 Pac-12) after a 71–62 loss to Utah.
- Bust out your brooms cuz it was a sweep for #13 Golden Bears over the Miami Hurricanes.
Women’s Swimming and Diving
- Pretty nice to see California beat Arizona, 196–101, but it’s even sweeter to see Abbey Weitzel set Cal dual-meet and pool records in the 100-yard freestyle in the process!
- The Bears and Weitzel kept the ball rolling against the Sun Devils with a 192.5–97.5 home win that featured her once again making history—this time setting a pool record in the 50-yard freestyle!
- In a duel between ranked teams, #20 Virginia escaped #16 California 4–1 with a lot of those matches being close affairs.
- Great job rebounding by the Bears to defeat the #19 Kansas Jayhawks, 4–3.
Men’s Swimming and Diving
- The #2 Golden Bears had a good day against the #10 Arizona Wildcats with a 166–123 win.
- Did you want some more records to be broken? Because four. Four pool records were broken on Senior Day in a 160–119 win over ASU.
Women’s Water Polo
- The Cal Cup opens with two victories for #6 California over #3 Irvine and #12 UC Davis.
- Our 15s team improve to 4–0 with little opposition from UC Davis, whom we beat 137–0.