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Football: A quick look at all things Cal football

VITAL SIGNS

Coach — Sonny Dykes, third year

Dykes’ record — 6-18 overall/3-15 Pac-12

Last season — 5-7/3-6 (4th in North)

Returning starters — 13 (eight offense, four defense)

Pac-12 media projection — 3rd in North

LEADERS OF THE PACK

Offense — This is now quarterback Jared Goff’s team and he has weapons all around him. Cal’s receiving corps, led by Bryce Treggs and Kenny Lawler, is among the best in the Pac-12, and Daniel Lasco leads a deep group of running backs expecting success behind a more established line.

Defense — Young and overmatched on this side most of the past two seasons, the Bears are looking for big seasons from five senior starters — tackle Mustafa Jalil, end Kyle Kragen, safety Stefan McClure, linebacker Jalen Jefferson and cornerback Darius White.

BUSTIN OUT?

Offense — No. 2 running back Vic Enwere, now 6-1, 230 pounds, gives the Bears a north-south runner with power and a year of experience.

Defense — Sophomore defensive end James Looney, a transfer from Wake Forest, has drawn raves from coaches and teammates for his speed and athleticism.

STAT THAT MATTERS

The Bears are 1-19 against Stanford, Oregon, Washington, USC and UCLA the past four years. In two seasons under Dykes they are 0-10 against those five schools, giving up 46.0 points per game and losing by an average 24.7 points. If Cal wants to take climb the Pac-12 ladder, it will have to beat someone other than Oregon State, Washington State and Colorado.

KEY DATE

Sept. 26: at Washington (tba) — Cal will be coming off a tough nonconference road game vs. Texas when it opens Pac-12 play against a Huskies’ team whose 31-7 win in Berkeley last season was the turning point in a year that saw Cal start 4-1 and finish 1-6. If the Bears wants to climb into the upper half of the North Division they need to win in Seattle.

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Basketball: Bears release nonconference schedule

Much-acclaimed freshmen Jaylen Brown and Ivan Rabb will make their official Cal basketball debuts on Friday, Nov. 13 against Rice at Haas Pavilion.

The Bears, expected to be a top-25 team with the return of three starters and the arrival of an elite recruiting class, announced Tuesday they will play eight nonconference home games, including a Dec. 28 contest against Davidson, alma mater of Warriors’ star Stephen Curry. Davidson was 24-8 and played in the NCAA tournament last season.

Cal fans hoping to get their first glimpse of Brown and Rabb can catch the Bears against Carroll College in a Nov. 9 exhibition at Haas.

The schedule also includes previously announced games in the Las Vegas Invitational and at Virginia.

The Bears will face San Diego State (27-9 in 2014-15) on Thanksgiving night, Nov. 27, in the opener of the Las Vegas Invitational at the Orleans Arena. Cal will play either West Virginia (25-10) or Richmond (21-14) the next night to close the event.

Cal visits Virginia – expected to be a top-five team in the preseason polls – on Dec. 22. The Cavaliers were 30-4 season and won the Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season title.

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Basketball: Dec. 22 game at Virginia on ESPN2

Cal’s Dec. 22 nonconference basketball game at Virginia — perhaps the Bears’ best early test — will tip off at 6 p.m. PT and be aired on ESPN2.

The two schools also announced Monday they will play a return game in Berkeley in 2016-17. No date for the game has been established.

The Cavaliers began last season 19-0 and won the Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season title before losing in the third round of the NCAA tournament to finish 30-4. They finished last season ranked No. 6 in the AP Top-25

Virginia features senior guard Malcolm Brogdon, who last year averaged a team-best 14.0 points. Brogdon was projected as a likely second-round NBA draft pick, but opted to remain in school to pursue his Masters degree in public policy.

Cal, with three double-digit scorers returning and top-10 national recruits in Jaylen Brown and Ivan Rabb, figures to begin the season somewhere in the national rankings.

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Basketball: Bears to miss L.A. trip next season

The Pac-12 released home and away designations for the 2015-16 schedule, including date windows but not specific game dates.

The rotating schedule has Cal missing its annual trip to Los Angeles for road games against UCLA and USC. This will mark the first time since the 1956-57 season Cal will not play UCLA in Los Angeles, and the first time since ’55-56 the Bears won’t face USC on the road.

And, get this: You have to go all the way back to the 1924-25 schedule to find a season where Cal did not play either UCLA or USC on the road.

Tradition? Who cares?

The Bears also will not play the Washington schools in Berkeley this season.

The Pac-12 schedule begins with Colorado and Utah visiting the Bay Area the weekend of Dec. 30 through Jan. 3. Specific game dates will be announced later.

Here are the home and away designation for Cal’s schedule:

— Dec. 30-Jan. 3: Colorado and Utah

— Jan. 6-10: at Oregon and Oregon State

— Jan. 13-17: at Stanford

— Jan. 20-24: Arizona State and Arizona

— Jan. 27-31: at Colorado and Utah

— Feb. 3-7: Stanford

— Feb. 10-14: Oregon and Oregon State

— Feb. 17-21: at Washington and Washington State

— Feb. 24-28: UCLA and USC

— March 2-6: at Arizona and Arizona State

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Basketball: Bears open 2015-16 vs. Rice on Nov. 13

Cal’s 2015-16 basketball schedule is not yet finalized, but we do know some key dates:

Nov. 13 — The season opener will be at Haas Pavilion against Rice. The Owls were 12-20 last season.

Nov. 26-27 — The Bears will play in the Las Vegas Invitational at the Orleans Arena in a four-team event also featuring San Diego State (27-9 in 2014-15), West Virginia (25-10) and Richmond (21-14). Matchups for the Thanksgiving week event have not been set.

Dec. 2 — Cal visits Wyoming (25-10), completing the home-and-home that began last season with a 45-42 Bears’ win in Berkeley.

Dec. 22 — The Bears travel to Virginia (30-4) to face a Cavaliers’ squad which began last season with 19 straight wins and finished with a third-round NCAA tournament loss to Michigan State.

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Football: Cal, San Jose State agree to 2-game series

Cal and San Jose State, who have not met on the football field since 1996, have agreed on a two-game, home-and-home series, beginning in 2019 at Berkeley.

The Bears and Spartans will meet Sept. 14, 2019 at Memorial Stadium, then square off Sept. 16, 2023 at Spartan Stadium.

Cal owns a 29-6 all-time edge in a series that began in 1899. The Bears have won the past nine meetings, including their most recent matchup, by a 45-25 margin in San Jose in 1996, the only previous meeting of the two schools in San Jose.

The Spartans’ most recent victory in the series was by a 27-25 score in 1987.

“Anytime you can schedule a home-and-home series with a formidable local opponent it is good for both universities and their fan bases, as well as football fans in the area,” Cal coach Sonny Dykes said in a statement. “Cal and San Jose State both have football programs rich in tradition and history, and we are excited to have them returning to our schedule.”

SJSU athletic director Gene Bleymaier said the Spartans are “delighted” to resume the series. “These games are good for our program and good for fans of Bay Area college football,” he said.

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Football: BYU game set for 1:30 p.m. kickoff

Cal announced tonight that its game against BYU next Saturday at Memorial Stadium has been set for a 1:30 p.m. kickoff.

The game will be aired on the Pac-12 Networks.

Cal (5-6, 3-6 Pac-12) must beat the Cougars to become bowl eligible.

BYU (7-4) tuned up for the Cal game with a 64-0 win Saturday over Savannah State, an 0-12 FCS team that actually gave up 83 points in a game earlier this season.

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Football: No Big Game kickoff announced Monday

We normally learn Monday morning the start times and TV info for Pac-12 football games scheduled for the following week.

But we have no word on Nov. 22 when Cal and Stanford will wage the Big Game at Memorial Stadium.

TV is exercising its right to hold off on scheduling for that day until at least this Saturday night, after the completion of all Pac-12 games. It’s possible final word won’t come until Sunday, or even Monday.

Word is there are five possible time slots/TV affiliations for these three games: USC at UCLA, Arizona at Utah and Stanford at Cal.

They are 12:30 p.m. on ABC regional; 12:30 p.m. on ESPN; 1 p.m. on FoxSports1; 4 p.m. on ESPN2; 5 p.m. on ABC.

We do know that the Big Game will not be televised the Pac-12 Networks. They are taking three games that day: Washington State at Arizona State (10 a.m.), Oregon State at Washington (no time yet) and Colorado at Oregon (no time).

Stay tuned.