Yesterday, individual tickets for Cal football went on sale and, to no surprise, the homecoming game against USC — possibly the biggest home game of the season — is already sold out.

Before you begin cursing vociferously at this news from the comforts of your local Starbucks, we want to remind you that you still have an opportunity to see Cal get some sweet revenge against the Trojans after last year’s shellacking at Memorial Coliseum.

Season tickets are still available for the Bears’ season in the city. However, returning students beware: tomorrow, July 27, read more »

Cal fans, click on ze linkage. Such a thing was unthinkable before the ass-kicking savior’s reign. Hell, actually beating the Ducks in Oregon was unthinkable before his miracle work.

Are we happy about this? Cal football fans kind of have to be. There are some nagging questions, though. Does our team have an identity? Does Nate Longshore inspire confidence? Is he even healthy? Is the defense actually good? Is Oski a little bit creepy (he reminds us of a certain scene in “The Shining”)?

Our superstitious inclination to eschew early celebration is causing all this sacrilegious questioning. We apologize. Enjoying the moment seems like a logical thing to do. Still, those nagging thoughts of impending USC-delivered doom are currently present. Actually, thoughts be damned. We’re just going to push those out of our sturdy golden domes, and celebrate our No. 3 ranking in the nonsensical world of college football. No. 3, baby!!!

Image Source: Michael Smith, Daily Cal
2007 NCAA Football Rankings – Week 5 [ESPN]

Ever since the AP poll dropped out of the BCS equation, not many people have seemed to care about it. However, it’s still official. Schools can still claim a national championship through AP.

So, the coaches’ poll has come out already and Cal was No. 12 there. Where are the Bears in the preseason AP poll? No. 12 as well. We guess the coaches and writers really didn’t take Stewart Mandel’s cautionary advice. Or maybe they did. Remember, the Bears were ranked No. 9 in last year’s preseason poll.

But the shocker of all shockers isn’t that USC is No. 1 or LSU is No. 2. It’s UCLA.

The Bruins are ranked No. 14! No. 14! This is a team that went 7-6 last year. 7-6. Sure, UCLA defeated the Trojans, but then it got embarrassed by Florida State in the Emerald Bowl.

Yes, the Bruins return 20 starters. Yes, they return their quarterback. Yes, they return their leading rusher and probably have the most dominant defensive lineman in the conference, but NO. 14?!

UCLA is the only six-loss team ranked in the top 25. Talk about overrated. If we’re going to cautiously approach the Pac-10, then there’s no way the Bruins make the top 15. No way.

Oh well. As for Tennessee, the team the Bears open with on Sept. 1, they’re ranked No. 15. The same in the coaches poll. And like we said before, we still think the Vols have to be the favorites to win that game. We have confidence in our Cal team, but until the Bears prove it on the field, the ghosts of Knoxville will always haunt Cal.

Image Source: Allison Porterfield, Daily Cal
Earlier: Bears Ranked No. 12 in First ESPN/USA Today Coaches’ Poll
USC leads the pack in AP’s preseason Top 25 poll [SI.com]