Football: A week by week look at Cal’s schedule


— Saturday at Northwestern, 12:30 p.m.
The Bears will try to snap a 16-game losing streak to FBS opponents when they visit Big Ten country.

— Sept. 6 vs. Sacramento State, noon
The Bears routed the Hornets 41-3 in 2005 in their only previous clash with the FCS opponent.

— Sept. 20 at Arizona, tba
Cal’s 33-28 home loss to the Wildcats last season was the closest it came to victory in Pac-12 play.

— Sept. 27 vs. Colorado, tba
The Buffaloes prevailed 41-24 at Boulder last year in the first measure of two programs with new head coaches.

— Oct. 4 at Washington State, tba
The Bears’ most recent Pac-12 victory came nearly two years ago at WSU, but Cougars won 44-22 in Berkeley last season.

— Oct. 11 vs. Washington, tba
Cal gets its first look at Huskies under coach Chris Petersen, architect of powerhouse Boise State program.

— Oct. 18 vs. UCLA, tba
Quarterback Brett Hundley provides first of two meetings in a seven-day span vs. Heisman Trophy candidates.

— Oct. 24 vs. Oregon at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, 7 p.m.
QB Marcus Mariota is sure to make Cal’s first visit to 49ers’ new stadium a challenging assignment.

— Nov. 1 at Oregon State, tba
Cal is just 3-12 vs. Beavers since ’99 and has allowed 111 points in the past two matchups.

— Nov. 13 at USC, 6 p.m.
Bears get 12 days to prep for Thursday night bid to end 10-game losing streak to Trojans.

— Nov. 22 vs. Stanford, tba
Major goal for Sonny Dykes is to make Big Game competitive: Stanford 163-58 in past four meetings.

— Nov. 29 vs. BYU, tba
Independent Cougars get breather vs. Savannah State the week before visiting Berkeley.

Jeff Faraudo

  • Wehofx

    6 wins, I am ecstatic. We are truly on the road back.
    5 wins are what I expect and we’re still headed in the right direction.
    4 wins will be disappointing but buys SD one more year – much to the chagrin of the torches and pitchforks crew.
    Everything I’ve heard and read says year 3 is when our Bear Raid will really take flight.
    3 wins or less…don’t want think about it.

    Go Bears! Beat the nw Floppers!

  • IT_Pro47

    I like the fact the players are confident and driven. When Chris Harper says “people will be amazed” that’s what I want to hear. Not “gee whiz, last year sucked and I’m hoping things don’t go so wrong again…” or negative thoughts in that vein. I’m excited, because I think the young men would like to stuff one down that loud-mouth Fitzgerald’s pie hole for the stuff he said earlier this summer. GO BEARS!!!

  • 707 Bear

    First 5 games are “winnable” and then….yikes.