October 8, 2007

Prime Position

As the rash of thrilling yet perplexing upsets continue to shake the college football world, No. 2 Cal seems to find itself in a better position every week when the updated national top-25 rankings hit the forefront. With the added attention and recognition though comes added pressure to live up to those expectations. For Bears senior wide receiver Robert Jordan, who is coming up on a personal milestone of his own, the veteran has made it clear to his teammates that they must now be prepared more than ever heading into game day.

The Oakland native, who starred at Hayward High as a wide out and punt returner, has been a staple of consistency and resilience throughout his collegiate career at Cal since arriving on campus in 2004. Jordan is certainly one player who has seen a plethora of what college football has to offer, but even he admits that this year's outcomes have been head-scratchers.

Through just six weeks of the college football regular season, nine teams in the AP Preseason Top 10 have suffered at least one lost. Two of those teams (Texas, Michigan) have two losses while Louisville - who features a preseason Heisman trophy candidate in quarterback Brian Brohm - has three defeats to their record.

One of the major beneficiaries to those teams dropping is undefeated Cal (5-0), who had the week off after picking up a grueling 31-24 victory over Oregon last Saturday.

For Jordan, the 5-foot-11, 171-pound pass-catcher used the Bears bye week to hang out with family, get rested up, and of course, catch a couple of games on Saturday.

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