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Football: No word yet on Big Game kickoff

If you were hoping/expecting to get a kickoff time today for the Nov. 23 Big Game, you’ll have to be patient.

The Pac-12 announced that FOX has exercised its right to conduct a six-day selection for conference football games that day.

The 116th Big Game was one of four games held back for a six-day selection. The other three contests are Oregon at Arizona, Arizona State at UCLA and USC at Colorado.

In a nutshell, the game at Stanford could held in the early afternoon, late afternoon or at night. In other words, we know nothing.

The possibilities for start times and television coverage of the four contests were announced Monday and are listed below in order of selection.

· FOX – 5 p.m. MT/4 p.m. PT

· ESPN (Network TBD) – 1:30 p.m. MT/12:30 p.m. PT

· Pac-12 Networks – 7:30 p.m. MT/PT (local)

· FOX Sports 1 – 2 p.m. MT/1 p.m. PT

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Football: Cal @ Colorado set for 2:30 p.m.

Cal’s Nov. 16 game at Colorado has been set for a 2:30 p.m. kickoff.

The game will be aired on the Pac-12 Networks as part of a day-long triple-header on the network.

The game likely will be a matchup of the two remaining teams with winless Pac-12 records. The Bears enter this Saturday’s home finale against USC at 0-6 in the conference. Colorado, which visits Washington this week, is 0-5 in the Pac-12.

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Football: It’s more late night for Bears at UW

Cal will play its fifth night game of the season — and third in a row — when it faces Washington at Husky Stadium on Oct. 26.

The Pac-12 announced Monday that the Bears’ game vs. the Huskies has been set for an 8 p.m. kickoff and will be televised on Fox Sports 1.

Cal is coming off a 37-10 loss at UCLA in a night start, and faces Oregon State on Saturday at Memorial Stadium in a game that kicks off at 7:30 p.m.

The Bears also played night games at home against Northwestern and on the road vs. Oregon.

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Football: Cal @ Ore on 9/28 set for 7:30 kickoff; Dykes to throw out first pitch at A’s tonight

Cal’s Sept. 28 football game at No. 2 Oregon has been set for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff and will be telecast on the Pac-12 Networks, the conference announced.

Be prepared for a game that runs past 11:30 p.m. If we’re lucky.

Meanwhile, first-year Cal coach Sonny Dykes, a former baseball player at Texas Tech, will throw out the opening pitch at Monday night’s A’s game against the Angels.

The Bears (1-2) have a bye this week, giving them additional time to prepare for the high-scoring Ducks (3-0).

Cal has lost four straight to Oregon, including by a 59-17 margin in Berkeley last season.

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Football: Will schedule toughen or ruin Bears?

Will a treacherous nonconference schedule prepare the Cal football team for rough waters in the Pac-12 Conference or send its season into the rocks?

Cal fans will not like the answer history suggests.

The Golden Bears kick off their schedule Saturday night against No. 22 Northwestern in coach Sonny Dykes’ debut at Memorial Stadium. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m. for a game the nation will watch on ESPN2.

Another Big Ten heavyweight looms in two weeks when No. 2 Ohio State visits Berkeley. Then, after a week off, the Bears open conference play at No. 3 Oregon — the first of five ranked Pac-12 teams Cal will face.

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LOADING UP IN NONCONFERENCE

Cal is 2-19 in games played when it’s faced two (or more) Top-25 opponents during the nonconference portion of its schedule:

– 1953: lost 25-0 at home to No. 20 Baylor; lost 33-19 at home to No. 6 Ohio State; won 40-0 on the road vs. No. 20 Penn. Final season record: 4-4-2.

– 1954: lost 27-13 at home to No. 2 Oklahoma; lost 21-13 on the road to No. 14 Ohio State. Final season record: 5-5.

– 1959: lost 42-12 at home to No. 13 Iowa; lost 33-0 on the road to No. 10 Texas. Final season record: 2-8.

– 1961: lost 28-3 at home to No. 4 Texas; lost 28-7 on the road to No. 1 Iowa. Final season record: 1-8-1.

– 1965: lost 48-3 at home to No. 3 Notre Dame; lost 10-7 on the road to No. 4 Michigan. Final season record: 5-5.

– 1969: lost 17-0 at home to No. 4 Texas; won 17-14 on the road vs. No. 10 Indiana. Final season record: 5-5.

– 1971: lost 51-20 in Little Rock, Ark., to No. 7 Arkansas; lost 35-3 on the road to No. 14 Ohio State. Final season record: 6-5.

– 1972: lost 20-10 on the road to No. 2 Colorado; lost 35-18 at home to No. 3 Ohio State. Final season record: 3-8.

– 1976: lost 36-24 on the road to No. 16 Georgia; lost 28-17 on the road to No. 4 Oklahoma. Final season record: 5-6. 

– 1999: lost 45-0 on the road vs. No. 5 Nebraska; lost 38-28 on the rod vs. No. 24 BYU. Final season record: 4-7 (later changed to 0-11 after forfeits).

 

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Football: 2014 Big Game stays at Berkeley

Greeted in recent days by a firestorm of opposition from its fans, Cal announced the 2014 Big Game against Stanford will remain at Memorial Stadium and would not be moved to Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara.

Cal athletic director Sandy Barbour announced the decision in a letter to fans and supporters.

Barbour said all aspects of the proposal were considered, but that the athletic department reached out to alumni, students, donors and ticket holders to solicit feedback.

“We listened to — and are grateful for — what they told us,” she wrote.

Jeffrey Warren, who broke the story last Friday that the game might be move through his blog, “A Cal Fan’s View,” was pleased.

“I”m excited. I’m happy for the kids,” said Warren, suggesting most of them wouldn’t have made the trip from Berkeley to Santa Clara. “The students would be playing beer pong in the fraternities and watching the game on TV.”

*** Click here to read Sandy Barbour’s entire letter.

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Football: 49ers propose Cal, Stanford play 2014 Big Game at Levi Stadium — no deal set yet

The 49ers and the Santa Clara Stadium Authority have proposed to Cal and Stanford that the 2014 Big Game be played at the new Levi Stadium, a Cal athletic department official confirmed Friday.

No deal has been agreed upon and both schools would have to sign on. The move to Santa Clara would be a one-time arrangement.

The 2014 Big Game currently is scheduled to be played at Berkeley’s Memorial Stadium. If it’s moved to the 49ers’ new facility, it would be designated a neutral-site game, and the series would resume in 2015 at Berkeley.

There is no date yet for the 2014 Big Game. The Bears and Cardinal square off in this year’s Big Game on Nov. 23 at Stanford Stadium.