There is a seasoning to how the early Cal schedule is shaping up. The Bears will play at least four of their games (three of which are at home) all in the early afternoon.
September 3rd: UC Davis, 1 PM Pacific, Pac-12 Bay Area (Pac-12 Now App). Cal kicks off their season against their UC cousins strolling down the I-80. Will they be called the Aggies or the Cows? Only time will tell.
Sadly this will not be the national Pac-12 telecast, so unless you live in the Bay, best to get your streaming apparatuses ready.
September 10th: UNLV, 1 PM Pacific, Pac-12 Bay Area (Pac-12 Now App). Similar TV situation for Cal’s second game against the Runnin’ Rebels—early start, local kickoff. Cal spent a bulk of last season on the Pac-12 Network after their slow start to the year. They’ll likely need to play much better to avoid that fate.
September 17th: at Notre Dame, 11:30 AM Pacific, NBC. Cal’s marquee non-conference game at South Bend stays in that local 1-2 PM window in the Central time zone. Huge stakes for the Bears if they can pull off the upset against first-year coach Marcus Freeman—it’d be by far the biggest win of the Justin Wilcox era.
November 25th: vs. UCLA, 1:30 PM Pacific, FOX. Talk about pressure to deliver here. Cal-UCLA will be immediately following the United States vs. England World Cup match. I’m sure the stakes will be just as high for the bragging rights of best public school in California.
Thoughts on the early schedule?
Thank goodness, play football during the day!!
Most of Indiana including South Bend is in the Eastern time zone so 2:30 local