BERKELEY – California has agreed to two-game series with both North Carolina and TCU, marking the first time the Golden Bears will face either school on the football field.
Cal will travel to Chapel Hill, N.C., to face North Carolina on Sept. 2, 2017, while the Tar Heels will visit Berkeley on Sept. 1, 2018. The Cal-TCU series begins when the Horned Frogs come to Kabam Field at California Memorial Stadium on Sept. 5, 2020. The Bears will play the return game on Sept. 11, 2021, in Ft. Worth, Texas.
“We are excited to be able to add a pair of quality opponents to our upcoming football schedule,” Interim Director of Athletics Mike Williams said. “We want to provide our student-athletes with the opportunity to play teams that compete on a high level nationally, and both North Carolina and TCU fit that objective. We also believe our fans will appreciate being able to see new opponents visit Berkeley where we can showcase the campus and California Memorial Stadium.”
The agreement with North Carolina means Cal will square off in a rare football contest against a team from the Atlantic Coast Conference. Other than a two-game series with Maryland (then a member of the ACC) in 2008 and ’09, the Bears have not faced an opponent from the conference during the regular season (at the time of the game) since playing Duke in 1963.
North Carolina has participated in 30 postseason bowls in its history, most recently defeating Cincinnati, 39-17, in the 2013 Belk Bowl to complete a 7-6 campaign.
TCU has won at least 10 games eight times since 2001 under head coach Gary Patterson, winning five conference titles. The Horned Frogs have been to 11 bowls during that span, including the Fiesta Bowl in 2009 and the Rose Bowl in 2010.
Among other non-conference opponents on Cal’s upcoming schedules are Texas and San Diego State, both for the 2015 and 2016 campaigns. Next fall, San Diego State will come to Kabam Field at California Memorial Stadium Sept. 12, while the Bears will visit Texas Sept. 19. In 2016, the Longhorns will make their first trip to Berkeley since 1969 and the Bears will take on the Aztecs in San Diego. Cal will also host Grambling State on Sept. 5 next year to complete the Bears’ 2015 non-conference slate.
The complete 2015 Cal football schedule is expected to be announced by the Pac-12 in January.