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2010 record: 5-7, 3-6 Pac-10 (8th)

Coach: Jeff Tedford, 10th year at Cal and overall (72-42)

Big Date: Oct. 6, at Oregon. The Bears almost pulled off the upset last year. Can they do it this season against another highly ranked Ducks squad?

Key departures: Defensive end Cameron Jordan was a Saints first-round pick after developing into one of conference's most feared defenders. ... Running back Shane Vereen was Cal's offense last season. He was drafted by the Patriots in the second round.

Difference makers: Sophomore wide receiver Keenan Allen can do it all with the ball in his hands. ... Senior linebacker Mychal Kendricks finished second in the conference last season with 8½ sacks.

Fresh face to watch: Quarterback Zach Maynard is a transfer from Buffalo who gives Tedford the dual-threat quarterback he's never had.

Best case scenario: The strong defense keeps the Bears in most games, allowing them to pull off some upsets en route to a 9-3 season.

Worst case scenario: The defense keep the Bears in most games, but the offense will lose some of them and the Bears go 3-9.

Bottom line: The Bears should play a lot of close games because of their strong defense and questionable offense. But those close games will result in mixed success and the Bears will finish around .500.

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Schedule

Sept. 3          Fresno State*          4 p.m.

Sept. 10          at Colorado          12:30 p.m.

Sept. 17          Presbyterian           2:30 p.m.

Sept. 24          at Washington          TBA

Oct. 6          at Oregon          6 p.m.

Oct. 13          USC                    6 p.m.

Oct. 22          Utah                    TBA

Oct. 29          at UCLA                    TBA

Nov. 5          Washington State          TBA

Nov. 12          Oregon State          TBA

Nov. 19          at Stanford          TBA

Nov. 25          at Arizona State          7:15 p.m.

*- neutral site game at Candlestick Park

Home games are at AT&T Park