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Football: Times set on 3 games for 2014

Times are set for three of Cal’s 2014 football games, including its home opener Sept. 6 against Sacramento State, which kicks off at noon and will be broadcast on the Pac-12 Networks.

Cal’s game against Oregon at the new Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara on Friday, Oct. 24, will begin at 7 p.m.

And the Bears’ Thursday, Nov. 13 game at USC is slated for a 6 p.m. kickoff.

Cal’s season-opener at Northwestern is part of the Big Ten Conference television package and is expected to be announced soon.

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Football: Cal to face Oregon at new Levi’s Stadium in Friday night game next season

The Cal football team will play at the 49ers’ new Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara next season, after all.

But the opponent will be Oregon, not Stanford.

The Golden Bears and the Santa Clara Stadium Authority announced Tuesday the Bears and Ducks will stage the first college football game at the new stadium on Friday, Oct. 24 of next season.

Cal had explored the possibility of playing the Big Game at Levi’s Stadium next season, but shelved the proposal because of sharp reaction from fans and alumni.

“Playing the first college football game at Levi’s Stadium provides an exceptional opportunity for our student-athletes, alumni, students and fans to be some of the first to experience the new venue, one that will soon play host to a Super Bowl,” Cal athletic director Sandy Barbour said in a statement.

Levi’s Stadium is scheduled to open for the 2014 football season as the new home for the 49ers. The $1.2 billion facility seats 68,500 and will serve as the site for Super Bowl L in 2016 and the annual Fight Hunger Bowl beginning next year.

“I know that our players will embrace the chance to play Oregon at Levi’s Stadium next fall, and I’m sure our fans will create a great atmosphere for our team,” Cal coach Sonny Dykes said. “This is a special opportunity to play in a stadium where the Super Bowl will be held in the near future and one that we feel can generate a tremendous overall experience for everyone involved.”

The Cal-Oregon contest will be televised nationally by either ESPN or FOX, with the network to be designated at a later date.

Barbour also said the move to Santa Clara gives the university administration the ability to study the effects of weeknight games and develop solutions for hosting games under those circumstances in Berkekey.

TICKET INFORMATION: Cal season-ticket holders will have the opportunity to opt-in to purchase seats to the Cal-Oregon game in addition to the six-game Memorial Stadium package.

Full season-ticket holders will be able to purchase tickets to the Cal-Oregon game at a special discounted rate, and ESP members will receive complimentary tickets and parking equivalent to their normal allocation.

Cal students will have access to tickets at a significant discount and complimentary transportation to the game. Specific inventory has been reserved for Levi’s Stadium Builders License (SBL) holders who, along with suite holders, will have access to tickets prior to the general public for this event.

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Football: Big Game set for 1 p.m. kickoff

The 116th Big Game at Stanford on Saturday will kick off at 1 p.m.

The game will be shown on Fox Sports 1.

Cal (1-10, 0-8 Pac-12) hopes to beat the 10th-ranked Cardinal (8-2, 6-2) for the first time in four seasons.

The Bears are looking to snap losing streaks of nine games overall, 13 to Pac-12 opponents and 15 vs. FBS foes.

Stanford has won 14 straight home games and is 35-3 at Stanford Stadium since the final game of the 2007 season.

 

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Football: You won’t believe it — a second straight day game at home for Golden Bears

Maybe the TV football gods feel bad for the Golden Bears.

Whatever the reason, Cal’s home finale against USC on Nov. 9 has been set for a noon kickoff, the Pac-12 office announced. The game will be aired on Fox.

That will mark a second straight home day game for the Bears, who played five of their first eight games at night, including last Saturday’s 8 p.m. kickoff at Washington.

Cal ends a three-week run of late games when it hosts Arizona on Saturday at 12:30. The game will be aired by the Pac-12 Networks.

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Football: Barbour explains reasons for declining 49ers’ offer to move the 2014 Big Game

A proposal to move the 2014 Big Game from Berkeley to the new Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara that could have “potentially” earned each school an additional $1 million in revenue was declined Thursday by Cal, which said it didn’t have the chance to properly explain the opportunity to its fan base.

Cal athletic director Sandy Barbour said she wasn’t so much caught off guard by the negative reaction of fans to the proposal, as she was by the awkward timing of information that leaked to the public.

“Because of that, we’ll never really know if we had been able to properly (frame) the message, what the response would have been,” she said during a media teleconference. “Our community got caught flat-footed without any explanation of a why or a what. Of course the reaction was pretty strong.”

Barbour said the 49ers floated the idea to both schools last April or May, but that she didn’t receive a formal proposal from the club until this Monday.

By then, talk of moving the game on a one-year basis to the 49ers’ new facility had become public and fans from both Cal and Stanford reacted sharply.

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Football: Cal, BYU to start home and home in ’14

Cal announced a home-and-home football series against BYU, beginning with a Nov. 29 matchup two days after Thanksgiving in Berkeley next season.

The Bears then will visit the Cougars in Provo, Utah, on Sept. 16, 2017.

Cal’s complete nonconference schedule for 2014 is set: at Northwestern on Aug. 30, vs. Sacramento State on Sept. 6 and vs. BYU on Nov. 29.

The Bears and Cougars have met three times, with BYU holding a 2-1 series edge. Cal won the most recent matchup, 35-28 in the 2005 Las Vegas Bowl. Running back Marshawn Lynch rushed for 194 yards and three touchdowns to earn game MVP honors.