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No. 38: California

While college coaches have struggled transitioning to the N.F.L., former N.F.L. defensive assistants, when promoted to defensive coordinator on the F.B.S. level, have largely experienced a smooth transition to the college game. Take Todd Grantham, for instance, who has helped lead the Georgia defense back into the upper echelon of the SEC over two seasons with the Bulldogs. There’s Greg Mattison, who worked miracles with Michigan last fall, his first season in Ann Arbor. After an up-and-down debut, Monte Kiffin has U.S.C. playing the sort of defense that wins championships. California has its own former N.F.L. assistant in Clancy Pendergast, but his record since moving down to the F.B.S. prior to the 2010 season has been defined by a troubling lack of reliability. Sometimes his defense hangs tight with nation’s best, such as it did against Oregon two years ago. But then it doesn’t, such as in the case of Colorado, the Ducks, U.S.C. and Arizona State last fall, and that’s the problem. The Golden Bears haven’t played defense with a reasonable level of consistency for the entirety of Pendergast’s tenure, which might explain why the program is a game under .500, at 12-13, over the same span.

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    The Year in Review: California (7-6, 4-5)

    While college coaches have struggled transitioning to the N.F.L. — take note, Chip Kelly — former N.F.L. defensive assistants, promoted to defensive coordinator on the F.B.S. level, have largely experienced a smooth transition to the college game. Take Todd Grantham, for instance, who has helped lead the Georgia defense back into the upper echelon of the SEC over two seasons with the Bulldogs. Consider the case of Brian Stewart, now of Maryland, who provided the sort of defense that Houston coveted to go along with its high-powered offense. There’s Greg Mattison, who worked miracles with Michigan last fall, his first season in Ann Arbor. And after an up-and-down debut, Monte Kiffin has U.S.C. playing the sort of defense that wins championships.

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      As Maynard Goes, So Goes Cal (And Tedford)

      We’ve found the nation’s best brother-to-brother passing combination in college football, even if California’s Zach Maynard and Keenan Allen win by default, and even if they’re half-brothers, not brothers of the more traditional variety. How the pair came to be on the passing and receiving end of Jeff Tedford’s offense is one of those only-in-college-football recruiting stories: Allen was one of the nation’s best prospects, only he wanted to play alongside Maynard, his older brother and then the quarterback at Buffalo. So Tedford rolled the dice, accepting Maynard as a transfer as the price for landing Allen’s signed letter of intent.

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        No. 50: California

        California has spent the last 88 years at good old Memorial Stadium, where you can sit and watch the game for free on Tightwad Hill if money’s tight — just don’t wear a red shirt, if you please. The streak ends this fall, due to some much-needed renovations at the home field: Cal will play its home games at San Francisco’s AT&T Park in 2011, marking the first time since the 1923 Big Game that the Golden Bears won’t host opposition in Berkeley. How will this affect Cal’s season? Will fans come to AT&T Park, particularly students? That’s a big question, as while only 25 miles separate the university from the field that’s a long way to go for many fans accustomed to rolling out of bed and into the stands at Memorial Stadium — or onto the dirt on Tightwad Hill.

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          The Countdown

          A bottom-to-top assessment of the F.B.S. landscape heading into the 2012 season.