Do the Cal Bears have more on the line this season than any other team in the Pac-12 conference?
Sports Illustrated's Colin Becht recently profiled the Pac-12 conference and named the Bears the team with the most at stake in 2015. Here's his explanation:
"Sonny Dykes's Bears made tremendous improvements after a brutal 2013, quintupling their win total to get to 5 -- 7. The biggest reason for the progress was a passing game that improved its yards per attempt from 6.1 to 7.5. In Dykes's Bear Raid offense, that makes a massive difference. Yet Cal's ability to climb up the Pac-12 standings was hampered by a defense that allowed 6.3 yards per play, second-worst in the conference. Even with quarterback Jared Goff back, it's difficult to see the Bears continuing to rise without their defense at least making some progress. Cal doesn't need a defense that can match its Bay Area rival's unit, just one that can allow fewer than 530 yards per game. What better time to start moving the defense towards respectability than a year in which it returns nine starters?"
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(h/t Sports Illustrated)