JCFootball.com California Rankings

With two weeks gone in the 2001 season, we revisit the rankings of California teams from our point of view. Some teams have surprised us thus far. Other have disappointed us. Some are just about where we figured they'd be. Here are your week two California Rankings

 

2001 JCFootball.com
California Rankings

Ranking Team Pre-Season Ranking Record

1

City College of
San Francisco

1

2-0

Okay. We all agree that the first game against that semi-pro team was nonsense. But with that out of the way, the Rams flattened West Valley, who isn't a bad team. I understand the Rams aren't as strong on defense as they were in 2000, but they're still pretty darn good.

2

Palomar

2

2-0

Many people were concerned with the Comets after Chaffey knocked them around in their scrimmage, but we are still confident that the Comets are the team to beat in SoCal. Two convincing wins and the Comets appear well on their way to an outstanding season.

3

Fresno City

4

2-0

The Rams are loaded. We knew that a while ago, but their 3 point win over Laney gave us some concerns. However, on the heels of a 51-0 win over Siskiyous, we're pretty sure that the Rams are as good as we thought they were going to be.

4

Chaffey

7

2-0

When we ranked them #7 in the state in our pre-season rankings, we had a hunch that the Panthers would be among the top teams in SoCal. After beating up Palomar in their scrimmage, edging Mt. SAC, and having their way with Citrus, the Panthers have shown that they belong there.

5

Cerritos

5

1-0

Their win over Bakersfield was indeed a big one. After the cancellation of week two, we haven't seen as much of the Falcons as we'd have liked, but by all accounts, they're pretty talented. They should be improved by their next game.

6

Bakersfield

3

0-1

Sure, the Renegades lost to Cerritos, but it was only by two points and the Renegades easily could have won. I'm tired of polls and rankings that drop teams way down for losing a very close game. The Renegades are still a solid team and may win the rest of their games.

7

Pasadena

NR

2-0

Okay. I admit it. I blew it by placing PCC on the "On the bubble" list before the season, despite assurances that the Lancers were loaded. Lets se what happens as they enter Mission Conference play. I have a hunch that they're still going do well.

8

El Camino

6

1-1

Don't we fooled by the Warriors loss to Allan Hancock. They are loaded with talent and very athletic. They will be a force to reckon with in the Mission Conference. They have a lot of wins ahead of them this season. Great offensive weapons. Great defensive front seven.

9

Sacramento City

11

2-0

The Panthers have a ton of talent, but they are inexperienced at a few positions, including quarterback. However, the Panthers should continue to be among NorCal's top programs this season. A narrow win over Sequoias raised some concerns, however.

10

Santa Ana

19

2-0

We knew we were on to something when we gave this team a pre-season #19 ranking in the state, despite going 2-8 last season. Returning 17 starters will do that to you. Expect the Dons to give everyone they play a run for their money.

11

Long Beach

NR

2-0

Two good wins, but I hear the LBCC defense, the secondary included, may have a tough time with some of the high octane offenses of the Mission Conference. We'll see what happens. The offense, however, is on fire. Baughman to Bingham.... Remember that combo. They'll be giving teams fits all season.

12

Butte

9

1-1

The Roadrunners are down from last season, especially on the O-line and the D-line, but they're still a very good football team. UNLV transfer QB Matt Ray and TB Chris Bruhn make soem great offensive leaders. The defense has some gems as well, led by MLB Casey Corbaley.

13

Allan Hancock

8

1-1

Every other season, the Bulldogs win with offense or defense. In 1999, the Bulldogs won with a great offense. In 2000, it was the Bulldogs' defense that led the team. Now, its back to an offensive year with some questions on defense. El Camino and Long Beach exploited the "D". The Bulldogs will have to make some adjustments to prepare for WSC play.

14

Mt. SAC

10

1-1

After graduated most of their starters from last season, the Mounties are down at some positions, but overall, they're still a fine team. They will certainly be a contender in the Mission.

15

Grossmont

22

2-0

Although the Griffins graduated a majority of their starters from the 2000 SoCal runner-up team, the Griffins have begun the 2001 seaosn in very competitive fashion.

16

San Mateo

23

1-0

The buzz about the CSM that started well before the season continued into the Bulldogs scrimmage against Chabot and their first game against Diablo Valley, as the Bulldogs won in convincing fashion. Sure, there are nay sayers that will say, "But they play in the Coast Conference now..." So what. They're an outstanding football team. They aren't going to lose many.

17

Modesto

NR

2-0

The Pirates haven't given up a point in two games against Cabrillo and Hartnell. However, things will be a little different this week as MJC faces CCSF, the offensive jugernaut of California. If the Pirates can put up a good fight, things could get interesting in Northern California.

18

Southwestern

13

1-1

The Jaguars (no longer the Apaches) have a great team. Unfortunately, they ran into a strong Palomar team in week two after a good win over L.A. Southwest in week one. A few more games will tell the story about the Jaguars, in a much stronger Foothill Conference this season.

19

Santa Rosa

18

1-0

After only one game, its tough to say much about the Bearcubs. I understand their defense is not as strong as it was last year. Also, everyone is quick to point out that there in no Ray Tamblyn on this team. However, they have some talent and should be competitive.

20

West Hills

Bubble

1-0

Big win over Butte in the opener, but we haven't seen much since their second game (against Bakersfield) was postponed. I learned first hand thay tailback Rayvon Johnson is for real. The defense also did a good job of bottling up Chris Bruhn.

21

Antelope Valley

NR

2-0

Coach Brent Carder told me before the season that he had a pretty good group coming back, and he wasn't lying. Two big wins for the Marauders, and probably many more to come. Great sophomore class.  

22

Riverside

17

1-1

The loss to Mt. San Jacinto was unexpected, but I think the Tigers have a lot of wins ahead of them this season. Lots of talent, including a great running game will help the Tigers to contend in the Mission.

23

San Jose

NR

2-0

Two big wins against a couple of weaker teams, but it appears that the Jaguars have a great squad and some explosive offensive weapons, led by tailback Reymon Murphy.  The Jags could climb in the GGC this year.

24

Victor Valley

NR

1-1

We know the Rams have a ton of talent.  Lets see what happens when they get into the meat of their schedule.  I have a hunch that Rams are going to continue to surprise a lot of people.

25

Canyons

12

0-1

Many people, ourselves included, were surprised by the Cougars big loss to Santa Ana on opening day and unfortunately, we haven't been able to see how they'd rebound wit their week two game being cancelled. The Cougars have way to much talent to be down this year, so lets not give up on them yet.

On the Bubble

Foothill (1-1) The Owls got hammered in week one, but came back strong against COS.  As young QB Waye Terry improves, expect the Foothill team to follow.  Great linebackers.
Fullerton (2-0) Two good wins and a lot of talent.  Lets wait one more week and see how the Hornets handle Cerritos.  Its the battle of the Mazzottas. 
Yuba (2-0) Playing with primarily freshmen, the 49ers are off to a great start.  John West is quickly making a name for himself as a tailback after being a top kick returner in 2000.
San Bernardino (1-1) I still think this squad will win some games in a much improved Foothill Conference.  Lots of talent to work with in San Berdo.
Orange Coast (1-1) Their loss to L.A. Harbor gives me serious concerns about how the team will hold up in the Mission.
Merced (2-0) Maybe the Blue Devils are getting things turned around.  Coach Lewis has some good players to work with this year.
Mt. San Jacinto (1-1) Its tough not to take notice after the win against Riverside.  Lets see what happens.
Reedley (1-1) Keep an eye on the Tigers.  They always lose game one and then improve in a hurry.  This season appears to be the same routine.
San Diego Mesa (2-0) Watch this team.  They have a lot of talent.  It will be interesting to see what happens in a tough Foothill Conference.


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