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California is the favorite heading into this weekend's season opener at home versus Michigan State. Both schools are coming off bowl wins and both are expected to be in the postseason once again. In one of the better opening weekend contests, the Bears and Spartans are looking to break into the top 25.

California started 2007 hot with a 5-0 record and No. 2 national ranking. However, it soon hit hard times, with the Bears losing six of the final seven games. The only win in that terrible stretch was a 20-17 win over Washington State. After a promising start, so many questions surrounded the Cal football program after finishing an abysmal 6-6. It was the first non-winning regular season in...

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