Because of television commitments and scheduling changes necessitated to create bye weeks, the Big Game has been played at different points throughout the season in recent years. But in 2013, the Bears will close out the regular season with their annual showdown with rival Stanford on November 23 at Stanford Stadium.
The season opens with three straight home games -- vs. Northwestern, vs. Portland State and vs. Ohio State. The Buckeyes went 12-0 this season and finished ranked No. 2 in the final Associated Press top 25. Northwestern also had a fine season, going 10-3 and winding up as the nation's No. 17 team.
Cal will face a stiff test immediately in Pac-12 play, as the Bears travel to Oregon to open the conference season. Cal plays Washington State, Oregon State, Arizona and USC at Memorial Stadium; Oregon, UCLA, Washington, Colorado and Stanford on the road.The two teams the Bears don't play from the Pac-12 South this season are Arizona State and Utah.
The Pac-12 Championship Game will take place on Saturday, Dec. 7.
The full schedule is below:
2013 CAL FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
Day, Date - Opponent
Sat., Aug. 31 - Northwestern
Sat., Sept. 7 - Portland State
Sat., Sept. 14 - Ohio State
*Sat., Sept. 28 - at Oregon
*#Sat., Oct. 5 - Washington State
*Sat., Oct. 12 - at UCLA
*Sat., Oct. 19 - Oregon State
*Sat., Oct. 26 - at Washington
*Sat., Nov. 2 - Arizona
*^Sat., Nov. 9 - USC
*Sat., Nov. 16 - at Colorado
*Sat., Nov. 23 - at Stanford
!Sat., Dec. 7 - Pac-12 Championship Game (ESPN or ABC)
Home Games in Bold at Memorial Stadium, Berkeley, CA; *Pac-12 Game; !Pac-12 Championship Game at Home Site of Pac-12 Regular-Season Champion; #Homecoming; ^Joe Roth Game; All Times and Television Selections to be Announced at Later Dates