Cal and Texas will let their football players rest and study for a few days before preparation begins in earnest for their Dec. 28 clash at the Holiday Bowl in San Diego.
The Bears resume practice Friday, and will hold seven workouts in Berkeley through Dec. 19, before giving players several days off for the Christmas holiday. The teams will arrive in San Diego on Dec. 23.
Both teams are back in a bowl game after a rare miss last season. Cal was 5-7 a year ago and was left out of the postseason for the first time since 2002, coach Jeff Tedford’s debut season. Texas is playing in its 13th bowl in 14 seasons under coach Mack Brown a year after also going 5-7 in 2010.
Bruce Binkowski, the Holiday Bowl’s executive director, called Cal “a team on the rise” and described the youthful Longhorns as “a team of the future.”
“If Texas is available, how do you not take the Longhorns?” Binkowski said. “They always get great fan support. They’re an institution in college football. We’re just thrilled to have a team of their stature, and (also) Mack Brown.”
Texas has won all four previous matchups with the Bears, although they met most recently in 1970. Texas has outscored Cal by a combined margin of 134-18 with a pair of shutouts.
Cal and Texas both bring 7-5 records to San Diego, but the Bears have won three of four and the Longhorns have lost three of four.