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Second-half outlook: California

Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller

California Bears

Record: 4-2. 1-2

Who the heck are these California Bears? In four wins, they've looked pretty darn good. In two losses, they've looked pretty darn bad. The schedule down the stretch is favorable. Cal could still exit the regular season nationally ranked and near the top of the conference and headed to a quality bowl game. Or they could meander home to mediocrity.

Remaining schedule: Washington State, at Arizona State, Oregon State, Arizona, at Stanford, at Washington

Best-case scenario: The Bears become the elite team that looked like they were in the preseason and roll unscathed through their remaining schedule.

Worst-case scenario: The Bears act Jekyll and Hyde all year and barely attain bowl eligibility.

Prediction: Holiday Bowl.