Jan. 16, 2009
BERKELEY - California will open the 2009 season at home against Maryland Sept. 5 and will play a total of six games in Memorial Stadium in the final football schedule announced by the Pacific-10 Conference Friday.
The revised slate includes two bye weeks, which were created when the Golden Bears' road date with Washington, initially set for Oct. 10, was moved to Dec. 5. The original schedule called for 12 games over 12 consecutive weekends.
Cal's schedule features six contests against teams that played in a bowl game this past year, non-conference opponents Maryland (Humanitarian) and Minnesota (Insight) plus Pac-10 foes USC (Rose), Arizona (Las Vegas), Oregon (Holiday) and Oregon State (Sun).
After playing Maryland Sept. 5, the Bears remain home the following Saturday when they host Eastern Washington Sept. 12. The remaining home dates are against USC Oct. 3, Washington State Oct. 24, Oregon State Nov. 7 and Arizona Nov. 14.
Cal's first road trip of the year is to Minnesota Sept. 19 with a visit to Oregon a week later. Other road games are at UCLA Oct. 17, Arizona State Oct. 31, Stanford Nov. 21 and Washington Dec. 5.
The Pac-10 also announced that the Cal-Oregon game in Eugene will be televised by ABC, ESPN or ESPN2, although a time has not been determined. No game times or other television broadcast arrangements have been decided.
The Bears are coming off a 9-4 campaign this past fall, capped by a 24-17 victory over Miami in the Emerald Bowl. The result earned Cal a No. 25 ranking in the final USA Today coaches poll, the fourth time in the last five years the Bears have been ranked at the end of the year.
Season-ticket renewal information will be announced soon. Check back at CalBears.com or call the Cal Athletic Ticket Office at (800) GO BEARS for more information.
2009 California Football Schedule
Sept. 5 Maryland Sept. 12 Eastern Washington Sept. 19 at Minnesota Sept. 26 at Oregon Oct. 3 USC Oct. 17 at UCLA Oct. 24 Washington State Oct. 31 at Arizona State Nov. 7 Oregon State Nov. 14 Arizona Nov. 21 at Stanford Dec. 5 at Washington