BERKELEY -- Despite taking the week off before a Thursday showdown in Pasadena, Calif., against UCLA, the California Golden Bears moved up four notches to No. 19 in the Amway Coaches Poll, and moved up to No. 19 in the Associated Press poll, a jump of three spots. The last time the Bears were ranked as high as No. 19 in the coaches' poll was in Week 14 of the 2009 season, when Cal was No. 19 in both the Associated Press poll, and the now-defunct BCS standings. The Bears reached as high as No. 6 that same season in Week Four, after starting the season ranked No. 12.
Despite being unranked to start the season, Cal, thanks to a six-point loss to then-No. 5 Utah when ranked No. 23, and some chaos atop the rankings, has become a force to be reckoned with in the Pac-12, starting the season with five straight wins -- the program's best start since the Bears were 5-0 to start the ill-fated 2007 campaign.
Cal takes on the Bruins -- who fell hard to now-No. 10 Stanford, 56-35 -- on Oct. 22, at 6 p.m., Pacific, on ESPN.
Quick notes: Aaron Cochran continues to take all left tackle reps, as Brian Farley is sidelined with a sprained ankle. While Sonny Dykes has said that Farley is probable, it looks as though Cochran will take the starting snaps on Thursday ... Bryce Treggs continued to work on the outside, along with the now-healthy Jack Austin. Treggs has spent the past year and a half on the inside for the Bears, but with Kenny Lawler having some issues the past two games, and with Trevor Davis still dealing with a sprained ankle, Treggs has added depth at the Z position.