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Cal still has positive vibes despite heartbreaking loss

The first quarter of the season still successful Cal even with a tough loss to Arizona.

Casey Sapio-USA TODAY Sports

What are your thoughts on the Golden Bears through the first few weeks? What would you grade their chances to beat Colorado?

Sam Barbee: Follow on Twitter They fight, they claw, they give "Golden Bears" a good name. The win over Northwestern is a good one, and the loss to Arizona is a good one, too. Cal isn't an easy win any longer. They're a bona fide Pac 12 team. It's good to see.

Trace Travers: Follow on Twitter Cal is much better than I thought they'd be at the beginning of the season and I have a feeling that they are going to be angry for next week against Colorado back home.

Roy Stenlund: Cal is vastly improved over last year. I am very impressed with their progress this year. They will stomp Colorado next week. Cal's rebuilding process is way ahead of schedule.

Jack Follman: Follow on Twitter Cal is by far the most-improved team in the Pac12. They won a challenging game at Northwestern, blew out an FCS opponent and should have beaten Arizona. I think they will get way ahead of Colorado next week and not squander it in the fourth.

What are your thoughts on the Wildcats through the first few weeks as they head into the bye? Have they exceeded, met, or fallen below expectations?

Sam Barbee: Honestly I haven't been following Arizona much, but that win said a lot to me. It was a good display of perseverance and fortitude, but it concerns me the Golden Bears gave Arizona that much of a run at home. Maybe Cal is better, maybe ‘Zona is worse. I'll have to see a few more games to know for sure.

Roy Stenlund: Arizona is a solid team. They have consistently gotten better as the season has gone on. They are a force in the Pac-12 South. They have far exceeded my expectations.

Jack Follman: Met, they have had a fairly easy schedule thus far and done what they needed to do with Solomon, Nick Wilson and Cayleb Jones coming along nicely. However, they dodged a serious bullet with their win over Cal to not open up the season 0-1 in the Pac-12, dropping a game to one of the most questionable teams in the conference.