Memorial Stadium drew a sellout crowd of 62,583 fans for Saturday’s international soccer game between Inter Milan and Real Madrid.
How many football dates this fall will attract crowds that size?
Certainly the Nov. 22 Big Game will be a sellout.
How many more?
The Sept. 6 home opener against Sac State on Sept. 6? Not a chance.
Sept. 27 vs. Colorado? Seriously?
Oct. 11 vs. Washington? Don’t see it.
Oct. 18 against UCLA? Hmm . . . maybe.
Oct. 24 vs. Oregon? Doesn’t count for this discussion because the game will be played at Levi’s Stadium.
Nov. 29 vs. BYU? An intriguing possibility. The Cougars will draw well, but how many Cal fans still will be interested if a long season to that point had produced, say, three victories?
Anyway, I’ll set the over-under at 1 1/2. If you choose the over, that means you believe the Bears will sell out the Big Game plus at least one more.