The California Golden Bears are entering the 2020 college football season as the No. 43 ranked team, according to the AMWAY Coaches Poll presented by USA Today Sports.
That’s right, the Bears received just five total points ahead of the season by the coaches in the poll, a far cry from a few analysts that predicted a 10-win season at least. Their opening rank on the coaches poll is just seventh among the 12 Pac-12 schools, landing ahead of rival Stanford, in a bright moment.
The voting is tallied up and described as the following:
The Amway Coaches Poll powered by USA TODAY Sports is conducted weekly throughout the regular season using a panel of head coaches at FBS schools. The panel is chosen by random draw, conference by conference plus independents, from a pool of coaches who have indicated to the American Football Coaches Association their willingness to participate. Each coach submits a Top 25 with a first-place vote worth 25 points, second place 24, and so on down to one point for 25th.
The Pac-12 was headlined by Oregon, who came in at No. 9 overall, and was rounded out by USC and Utah in the top 25, at Nos. 17 and 20, respectively.
Arizona State, Washington, Washington State and Stanford each received votes but fell outside of the top 25 with Cal.
The Cal football season is scheduled to open on September 26 against Oregon State in Corvallis.