Cal had every reason to believe 2020 was going to be their year.
Coming off an 8-5 season in Year 3 under Justin Wilcox, the Golden Bears returned more offensive production than any team in FBS, according to ESPN's Bill Connelly. A large part of that returning production was quarterback Chase Garbers; the Bears went 7-0 when he played at least half the game last season, and he was set to enter 2020 fully healthy.
Considering Cal got Oregon, Washington and Stanford all at home, the folks in Berkeley had every reason to believe they'd make the 50-mile drive down I-880 to Santa Clara for the Pac-12 championship game.
That won't happen, as we know. At least not in 2020.
On the day that was supposed to serve as their season opener at UNLV, Cal released this video of Bears doing what they had to do -- working out in masks, outdoors -- to prepare for a season that won't happen.
The challenge now, as the video says, is to control what they can control -- in a time where none of us are really in control.
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