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Football: 2010

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.

Jonathan Okanes

Jonathan Okanes is in his fourth year covering Cal's football team. Previously, he covered Cal's men's basketball team for four years. He can also be followed on Twitter at twitter.com/OkanesonCal.

  • ToparchiBear

    I think this is a much better schedule than the initial one. With Standfurd on the last game in Berkeley for Senior day will be great.

    Go Bears!

  • rollonubears

    i like this schedule a lot. once again, we should be 5-0 heading into u$c, but we will probably lose the opener to arizona, then get crushed by the trojans, and give up on the season, as usual.

  • MikeD

    Look at Rollon making assumptions…. you know the rule, and especially after this year. Thought you’d take a more cautionary approach to the 2010 W-L record during the preseason. Following the lead of Crash Davis, I’ll be taking them one game at a time. :>

    “and give up on the season, as usual.”

    this is def a pattern with Tedford teams of late. I hope the issue is looked at during this seasons postmortem. Tedford teams seem to fold up at the first sign of adversity – see Ore, Wash, USC, Utah games.

    Again – leadership never appeared within the team this year after *lots* of talk about it during the 09 summer in response to the 2007 season and losing the 2008 leaders. Ezeff made noises and then whiffed in the classroom (http://www.ibabuzz.com/beartalk/2009/08/09/football-training-camp-report-aug-9/), Riley never stepped up once the season started after being singled out during preseason for his leadership over the summer. NATO – No Action Talk Only

    When the TV cameras panned the bench you could see one of the most quiet benches in all of college football. Lots of poorly performing individuals waiting for the other guy to step up does not make much of a team.

  • H8sRed

    Rollon and Mike,

    I’m not happy with the way the season played out, but you guys are pathetic. I’m surprised you didn’t write off the Bears for 2012 and 2013 because some high school sophomore verbally committed to Stanfurd.

    Expecting the worst and cynically hoping for the best is no way to go through life, which ironically appears to be your assessment of the bench. This is ludicrous; winning teams have an energetic bench while a losing bench looks concerned and dejected. What’s funny is that you are essentially saying you are no different from the team: negative and unwilling.

    If you go through life expecting that the proverbial “other shoe” will drop, it will.

  • MikeD

    @H8rRed – not sure why you are calling me out. I’m plenty willing as a fan, given that you don’t know me you’ll have to trust me on that. there is nothing in my post that is a stretch, an exaggeration, etc. it is all based on looking backwards, my own personal evaluation based on quotes and observations

    there is a pattern of weak spine with the Tedfords teams that has been evident for some time now. I’ve seen plenty of losing benches where the players are still fully into the game expecting to win and still playing hard. But I never saw that on the Bears bench

    not sure where you pull that I expect the worst. I did expect a better effort this year, and was supremely disappointed as are many many other fans and apparently the staff as well – to the point that Tedford has to request an audience with local beat writer to get a message out. I don’t feel it cynical at all to take a wait and see approach after 2+ years of this crap. I drank a lot of koolaid in the summer. Fool me once and all.

    I’d actually argue that what it appears you are proposing – expecting the best and then minimizing the problems in the end to make it all puppy dogs, unicorns, and rainbows in the end is “absurdly optimistic and good-hearted, believing in a good world where everything works out for the best all the time”. But we’ll agree that you are entitled to be a fan at your comfort level, so leave me to mine. I just prefer to deal with what I see as realities.

    I’ll still look forward to the beginning of next season, I’ll still support the team. I still support Tedford and want him to succeed beyond expectations. The “other shoe” always drops, it’s what you do after the drop that determines what you are made of.

  • Larry

    Well stated Mike D.