Or, how to say "no" in a variety of charts and tables.
The bottom line is that Wilcox could not produce a winning record with a senior laden team in maybe the worst year the Pac 12 has ever seen. USC and Washington fired their head coaches because of it, and Oregon State sent their defensive coordinator packing in mid season because they stopped tackling. Cal gives Wilcox a 4-year extension after his fifth straight season of a losing record in conference. I mean, where else does that happen? And don't say Rich Brooks in his early years at Oregon. Head coaches were not making $3 mil a year in that era.
You deserve credit for doing such a thorough analysis of such a thoroughly wrought and distraught season. Sports is sports in that the score is what matters. We are more Charlie Brown than most any school I can think of. I know I'm Charlie Brown, but I keep running to kick the ball. Woe is me. Lucky me!
Interesting article, always enjoy the comps, thanks again for all your work. My favorite game last season was the Beavers at home. It seemed to show what the team could do when everything worked for them. The Stanford and USC wins were nice too. I have mostly forgotten about the rest of those darn games. And of course, I have my season tickets lined up for 2022. Go Bears!
The reality is that we were a 5-7 because that's what it says in the final standings. However I think we were an 8-4 team in disguise. Sans Covid we would have beat Zona, leaving four one-score games. One can reasonably expect to split those (unless you're Nebraska). Had we done so we would have been 8-4 and feeling much better about the program. Wilcox has got to start winning half of those close games in the future, more would be nice. I wish I were optimistic that he will, I'm glad I'm not pessimistic that he won't. After four full and five total seasons of Wilcox I'm not sure what to expect in the rest of his tenure.
Oh we met expectations, they were just the wrong type.
The Arizona game is a total outlier, as the Covid limitations placed on the Bears could never have been predicted. Under normal circumstances, Cal would likely have won that game easily, resulting in a 6 - 6 season and making the results much closer to the pre-season predictions.