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By John Harte / Special to The Californian
BY JEFF EVANS Californian staff writer firstname.lastname@example.org
Bakersfield College concluded a 5-5 season on Saturday with a 52-6 win over Pasadena.
The Renegades, who were state champions last season, did not qualify for a postseason football bowl game.
It turns out, two of the state powers BC faced last season are also out of the playoffs -- City College of San Francisco and Mount San Antonio College.
BC had its state title stripped by the California Community College Athletic Association in May because of alleged violations of CCCAA rules. The college is appealing.
San Francisco, which BC beat 35-14 in last year's state title game, did not earn one of the two Northern California playoff berths. CCSF went 7-3 and finished as Northern California's No. 4 team.
Unlike Southern California, which has four state playoff qualifiers, only two teams from Northern California enter the playoffs.
This year, that's NorCal Conference champion Butte from Oroville (10-0) and Valley Conference champion Fresno City College (7-3).
In Southern California, Mount SAC lost its second game of the season Saturday, 33-30 to Riverside, to finish 8-2 and found itself out of the playoffs.
In the South, three of the four playoff spots are guaranteed to the three National Conference division winners.
This year, that's Central Division champion Fullerton (10-0), Northern champion College of the Canyons (7-3) and Southern champion Riverside (9-1).
Golden West, which went 9-1 and was second to Fullerton in the Central Division, grabbed the at-large spot to ace out Mount SAC.
"The way the selection goes, it comes down to the polls," said Jim Sartoris, Southern California Football Association commissioner. "The pollsters voted Golden West ahead of Mt. SAC."
Four teams with 5-5 records earned bowl berths. Sartoris said a previous rule requiring at least six wins for bowl consideration was deleted from state bylaws two years ago.
The 5-5 teams in bowls are Saddleback and Grossmont from the South and Diablo Valley and Modesto from the North.
"In the South, we separate our polls," Sartoris said, referring to the stronger National and weaker American conferences. "We now have National and American polls. We knew that certainly there would be competitive balance and you could get good teams that have five losses. ... Now you just have to be ranked high enough."
Sartoris said National teams must be ranked in the top 10 in the final Southern California poll to ensure a spot in a bowl game.
As part of the sanctions against BC last May, the Renegades were declared ineligible for postseason play. That became moot when BC finished outside the SoCal top 10.
"This year we had several teams that were ranked very high that were 5-5," Sartoris said. "Nothing's written any more. You just have to end up with a high enough ranking."
BC's postseason ban was only for this season, so the Renegades will be postseason eligible a year from now.
Six of the 10 teams the Renegades faced this season received bowl berths.
California bowl games
At Yorba Linda High School
Canyons (7-3) vs. Fullerton (10-0)
x-Southern California Bowl
At Riverside City College
Golden West (9-1) vs. Riverside (9-1)
American Championship Bowl
At Chaffey College
L.A. Pierce (8-2) vs. Chaffey (9-1)
At Saddleback College
Citrus (7-3) vs. Saddleback (5-5)
Golden State Bowl
At Mt. San Antonio College
Ventura (6-1) vs. Mt. San Antonio (8-2)
At Olympian High School (Chula Vista)
San Bernardino Valley (8-2) vs. Southwestern (8-2)
Western State Bowl
At Cerritos College
Grossmont (5-5) vs. Cerritos (6-4)
At Laney College
Diablo Valley (5-5) vs. Laney (7-3)
Bothman Bulldog Bowl
At College of San Mateo
American River (8-2) vs. San Mateo (9-1)
Central Division Bowl
At College of the Siskiyous
Chabot (7-3) vs. Siskiyous (8-2)
Golden Valley Bowl
At Santa Rosa College
Modesto (5-5) vs. Santa Rosa (6-4)
Living Breath Foundation Bowl
At Cabrillo College
Contra Costa (7-3) vs. Hartnell (8-2)
X-Gridiron Classic Bowl
At Butte College
Fresno (7-3) vs. Butte (10-0)
X-So. Calif. Football Assn. Championship
At highest remainng seed
San Francisco Community College Bowl
At City College of San Francisco
Sierra (6-4) vs. San Francisco (7-3)
x-California state championship game
At Fresno or Oroville
Note: X = state playoff game