RILEY!!! RILEY!!! RILEY!!!
As a recent Cal football fan (since freshman yr of 2004), my experience with the team has been, for lack of a better term, bipolar. I've experienced the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. May I elaborate....
2004- Rose Bowl caliber season (10-1 regular season). BCS and Texas screw us over, and we get EMBARRASSED at the Holiday Bowl. Rodgers leaves for the NFL at the conclusion of the season.
2005- The Joe Ayoob experiment. After a promising 5-0 start punctuated by the emergence of a freshman Desean Jackson, Cal is plagued with downright ineffectiveness by Ayoob. Only a win in the Las Vegas Bowl under Levy salvages a relatively mediocre year.
2006- Embarrassing loss to Tennessee to start the season. Managed to win 6 consecutive games, scoring at least 41 in each. Rose Bowl hopes look alive despite a loss to USC. We lose to Arizona. FCUK. Back to the Holiday Bowl where the Marshawn Lynch show came alive.
2007- The season opener win over Tennessee and the last second victory against Oregon were the signature wins of the season. Then Oregon State came. We were #1 in the nation for 3 hours
Then the team imploded.