The 2010 schedule was finalized today and it looks different than the initial schedule that was put out a couple of months ago. That’s because the Pac-10 did some negotiating with the television networks to enhance the coverage of the conference. There will be three Pac-10 games played on Thursday night and two others on the Friday after Thanksgiving. None of those involve Cal, and all will be televised.
Cal’s previous schedule didn’t have any bye weeks until the end of the season. After some juggling, the Bears will now have a bye the weekend of Sept. 25 and Nov. 6. That means Cal will play its first three nonconference games and then have a bye before opening Pac-10 play. This will also be the first time since 2007 that the Bears will end the season with the Big Game against Stanford.