2007 California Golden Bears Football Preview
2007 California Golden Bears season preview from Maddux Sports. Below you can find our official California Golden Bears football preview as well as the 2007 California Golden Bears Football Schedule. Dont miss Maddux's free college football picks taken from the weekly college football odds from the #1 sports handicapping team.
Coach: Jeff Tedford (6th year at California)
Team Name: Golden Bears
2006 Overall Record: 10-3
Returning Starters: 13
The California Golden Bears (10- 3 overall, 7- 2 PAC-10) proved that they could amass yards and score. They also ably shut down defenses. In 2006, they tied for first in the PAC-10 and went on to humiliate Texas A&M in the Holiday Bowl 45- 10.
The offense has innumerable looks and combinations. The Golden Bears are deep just about anywhere, allowing them to rotate players easily and with confidence. Junior QB Nate Longshore (60.2% COMP, 3,021 YDs, 24 TDs, 14 INTs) was one of the best in the PAC-10. Longshore is a sharpshooter who has worked hard on his decision-making and mobility. Top targets include junior DeSean Jackson (59 REC, 1,060 YDs, 18.0 AVG, 9 TDs) and senior Lavelle Hawkins (46 REC, 705 YDs, 15.3 AVG, 5 TDs); the talented duo has plenty of backup. Senior Justin Forsett (119 CAR, 626 YDs, 5.3 AVG, 4 TDs), a solid force, takes over the running back duties after three years of backup work. The offensive line should be effective as long as its members stay healthy.
The offense scored an average of 32.9 PPG, which was great. Even
better, the defense kept opposing forces to only 19.3 PPG. The
Golden Bears proved to be best versus the run but fairly dismal,
rated 103rd, when defending against the air game. This year
there's plenty of tough competition for the secondary spots.
Two starters return—CB Syd'Quan Thompson and ROV Bernard
Hicks (2 INTs). Junior LB Zack Follett gets to start; he's being
touted as a major force, while junior All-American LB Anthony
Felder is back after nursing injury problems last season. The
frontline has plenty of openings and a lot of talent looking
to fill the spots.
Over the past four years, the Golden Bears have been for four bowl games, winning three. They will be in a bowl once again. Which one will be determined by three swing games—Tennessee, UCLA and USC. If they can beat those three clubs and run the table, they'll deserve a BCS bid.
California Golden Bears Football Schedule
|Sep 8||Colorado St||Away|
|Sep 15||Louisiana Tech||Home|
|Oct 13||Oregon St||Home|
|Oct 27||Arizona St||Away|
|Nov 3||Washington St||Home|
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