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Football: Brace yourself — Bears set for most challenging 2-week road set in school history

 How tough is this two-week road stretch for the Bears?

Well, perhaps the toughest in school history.

I did some research and Cal’s games the next two Saturdays at No. 12 Ohio State and No. 2 USC mark just the 10th time the Bears have played road games on consecutive weekends against teams ranked in the Associated Press Top-25.

Never have they faced teams both ranked No. 12 or higher in a back-to-back road situation.

So welcome to the most challenging two-week road schedule in school history.

Here’s how the Bears fared the previous nine times they went back-to-back on the road vs. Top-25 teams:

2008
Nov. 8: lost 17-3 at No. 7 USC
Nov. 15: lost 34-21 at No. 23 Oregon State
2002
Oct. 5: won 34-27 at No. 12 Washington
Oct. 12: lost 30-28 at No. 20 USC
1997
Oct. 18: lost 63-37 at No. 13 Washington State
Oct. 25: lost 35-17 at No. 13 UCLA
1994
Nov. 5: lost 13-6 at No. 18 Arizona
Nov. 12: lost 31-19 at No. 22 Washington
1992
Oct. 10: lost 35-16 at No. 1 Washington
Oct. 17: lost 27-24 at No. 18 USC
1990
Oct. 27: lost 46-7 at No. 7 Washington
Nov. 3: tied 21-21 at No. 21 USC
1986
Nov. 8: lost 49-0 at No. 5 Arizona State
Nov. 15: lost 28-3 at No. 13 USC
1984
Oct. 27: lost 31-7 at No. 20 USC
Nov. 3: lost 44-14 at No. 1 Washington
1976
Sept. 11: lost 36-24 at No. 16 Georgia
Sept. 18: lost 28-17 at No. 4 Oklahoma

 

Jeff Faraudo