The No. 4 California Phoenix have been a curious case.
Despite improving to 9-0 on the season, they have often brought with themselves themselves an odd air of confident vulnerability. Yes, those are strange words to conflate — especially for a sports team — but they are the only way to truly understand Walter White’s upstarts this year. Continue reading
Chapter Seven: Utah
Despite its small size, Rice Eccles Stadium is never an easy place to play, thanks to its legion of screaming fans and their pride for forcing false starts. The Phoenix would find that out the hard way in week seven, escaping with their undefeated season by the barest of margins. Continue reading
A bit out of character for the Phoenix in their fourth week, who normally play tight, nerve-wrenchingly close games — the No. 16 team in the country cruised to an early 28 point lead, and eventually rolled their way to a 49-17 walloping of Oregon State. Continue reading
I apparently lost the data for game two, which was a big, blowout win over Eastern Michigan. My apologies. The Phoenix won. Get over it.
Life at California is decidedly different, now that the Phoenix (2-0, No. 16 AP) have risen into the top 25 for the first time.
Don’t expect them to admit that, though. Continue reading
A 7-6 record and a Las Vegas Bowl win would qualify as a solid season in most places, especially when the team behind that record was in their first year of Pac-12 play.
California is not one of those places. Continue reading
Somehow, they managed to do it – powered by youth and potential, held back by those same qualities the Phoenix met the six win requirement for bowl qualification in their first year, and even exceeded it by finishing 7-5.
Not bad for a squad expected to flounder in the bottom of the Sun Belt. Continue reading
Fresh off of their fifth win, the Phoenix would not get a breather as they had a visit to Monroe, Louisiana for their next game against the Warhawks. Continue reading