California Football Releases 2007 Schedule
Jan. 19, 2007
BERKELEY - Six home games highlight the 2007 California football schedule released on Friday by the Pacific-10 Conference. After averaging 64,318 fans in 2006, the Golden Bears will have an excellent opportunity to go for another attendance record in 2007. The newly released slate features home games against Tennessee, Oregon State and USC, all bowl teams in 2006 and all expected to challenge for high preseason national rankings.
Information on season ticket purchasing will be available on CalBears.com when available. Last year, the Bears sold a school-record 40,262 season tickets.
The schedule opens on Sept. 1 when the Golden Bears host Tennessee in a much-anticipated rematch of last year's season opener. The Volunteers posted a 9-4 record last year, finishing second in the SEC East to national champion Florida before playing in the Outback Bowl. After a road game at Colorado State (Sept. 8), Cal hosts Louisiana Tech on Sept. 15 to wrap up the non-league portion of the schedule.
The conference slate opens on Sept. 22 when the Bears host Arizona in another potential grudge match as the Wildcats upset Cal in Tucson last season. Arizona won three of its last four games in 2006 and ranked third in the Pac-10 in scoring defense. The Bears go on the road to Oregon on Sept. 29, taking on the Ducks who advanced to play in the Las Vegas Bowl in 2006. Oregon is again expected to feature a high-octane offense after averaging a Pac-10 best 423.2 yards and nearly 30 points per game.
Cal will have its first bye of the season on Oct. 6 before returning to action with a tough Homecoming opponent when Oregon State visits Berkeley on Oct. 13. The Beavers won their last four games, including a thrilling last-second victory in the Sun Bowl, to complete their first 10-win season since 2000.
A challenging two-game road swing features trips to UCLA (Oct. 20) and Arizona State (Oct. 27), participants in the Emerald Bowl and the Hawaii Bowl, respectively. The Bruins ranked second in the league in total defense, while the Sun Devils rushing attack was the second-most potent in the conference in 2006.
Washington State visits Memorial Stadium on Nov. 3, followed by a Pac-10 champion clash with USC on Nov. 10 in Berkeley. The Bears and the Trojans shared the 2006 Pac-10 Championship, and USC wrapped up an 11-win season with an impressive victory over Michigan in the Rose Bowl. The Trojans have been tabbed by many as a national championship favorite in 2007.
The 2007 regular season campaign closes on Dec. 1 with the 110th edition of the Big Game against Stanford. The Cardinal gave the Golden Bears all they could handle last season in the ninth-oldest rivalry in the history of college football, however, Cal emerged with its fifth straight victory over its arch-rival. The Bears have not won six in a row against Stanford in over 80 years.
California posted its fifth straight winning season in 2006, capping the 10-victory campaign with a dominating 45-10 victory over Texas A&M in the Holiday Bowl. The Golden Bears return the bulk of their offense led by quarterback Nate Longshore and receiver/return specialist DeSean Jackson, while the defense will be led by linebackers Zack Follett and Worrell Williams and defensive backs Brandon Hampton and Syd'Quan Thompson.
The Golden Bears open their 2007 spring practice schedule on March 12. The Spring Game is scheduled for April 14.
2007 California Football ScheduleSept. 1 TennesseeSept. 8 at Colorado StateSept. 15 Louisiana TechSept. 22 ArizonaSept. 29 at OregonOct. 6 BYEOct. 13 Oregon StateOct. 20 at UCLAOct. 27 at Arizona StateNov. 3 Washington StateNov. 10 USCNov. 17 at WashingtonNov. 24 BYEDec. 1 at Stanford