Cal Football: Bears Earn a No. 23 Ranking in AP Top-25 Poll

Cal safety Jaylinn Hawkins forced a first-quarter fumble that led to a field goal for the Bears on Saturday.Photo by Kelley L Cox - USA TODAY Sports
Jake Curtis

Cal (3-0) did not have an great performance in its 23-17 win over Conference USA foe North Texas on Saturday in Berkeley, but losses by teams ranked in last week's top 25 helped the Bears get ranked for the first time this season when the Associated Press poll was released Sunday.

The Bears are ranked No. 23 in the AP media poll and No. 23 in the coaches poll.

Losses by USC, Maryland and Michigan State helped Cal move into the top 25.

Cal fans should not get too excited though. Cal earned a No. 24 ranking after starting 3-0 last year, and the Bears promptly proceeded to lose their next three games.

Cal's rise into the top 25 is based largely on its 20-19 upset of then-No. 14 Washington on Sept. 7 in Seattle. On Saturday against North Texas, Cal jumped out to a 20-0, first-quarter lead and seemed headed for a lopsided win. But the Bears' offense did little for the next three quarters, and the Cal defense had to stop North Texas on the Mean Green's final possession to preserve the win.

Cal faces Mississippi (2-1) on Saturday in Oxford, Miss. That game starts at 11 a.m. Central time, and 9 a.m. Pacific time.

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Cal started 3-0 last year not 4-0. Great article though!