The biggest surprise of the work week in college football came Tuesday when the College Football Playoff selection committee snubbed Washington and ranked the Huskies No. 5, behind then-one loss Texas A&M.
Poor Cal had to pay the price for that on Saturday night, as the team took out some frustrations on the road against the Bears in a 66-27 game that was far more lopsided than even that 39 point margin indicated.
For example, quarterback Jake Browning threw for 378 yards and six touchdowns… in roughly three quarters. Wideout John Ross torched every defensive back he lined up against to the tune of six catches for 208 yards and three scores. The offense averaged over 10 yards a play before the starters were pulled late in the second half and ran off 31 unanswered.
For good measure, Dante Pettis even threw for another score on a trick play to go along with his eight catches for 104 yards and three touchdowns.
Even the defense stepped up and had a ‘look at me’ game. They picked off Cal’s Davis Webb three times and held the Bears’ normally prolific offense well under their season averages. Aside from two drives early in the game, they were pretty much either turned the ball over or were forced to punt rather quickly.
So yes, Washington seems pretty good. Whether it’s enough to crack the top four this week in the committee’s eyes will be anybody’s guess but it is pretty safe to say they continue to control their destiny. Chris Petersen’s squad moved to 9-0 on the season and remain the favorites to win the Pac-12 and advance to the playoff no matter if they wind up No. 4, No. 5, or even No. 6 on Tuesday.
And as for the Bears, all was not lost on Saturday night in Berkeley. You see it was the 10th anniversary of tailback Marshawn Lynch’s famous hijacking of a injury cart to drive around on the field after a win. Cal didn’t get the victory against the Huskies this time around but they did hand out a fabulous bobblehead commemorating the occasion and posted this great video of Lynch driving a cart around pre-game:
Not a bad consolation prize when you consider one of the best teams in the country was a tad upset coming in and looking to take out their anger on somebody.