Portland State - Cal TV viewer guide
Game day: September 7, 2 p.m. PT
Stadium: Memorial Stadium - Berkeley, Calif.
Portland State - Cal TV Information: Pac-12 Networks
Story lines: The Sept. 7 game between Cal and Portland State will provide Cal fans with a second look at the Bear Raid, and, most likely, a second look at Jared Goff, the new starting quarterback of the Golden Bear offense. It'll be tough to make a fair comparison between the Northwestern and Portland State games due to the difference in level of competition, but it will still be interesting to see how the true freshman Goff commands the offense.
The Sept. 7 game between Cal and Portland State will also mark the second year in a row the Golden Bears are hosting a Big Sky school on the second weekend of the season. Last year, Southern Utah came to town and the Golden Bears trumped the Thunderbirds 50-31. The Vikings, who made some headlines last year with their camouflage uniforms, are coming off a 3-8 campaign that featured a loss at Washington. It wasn’t a close one (the Dawgs won 52-13), but the Vikings do have a few FBS transfers, including a couple of guys from Oregon State in punter Kyle Loomis and defensive tackle Joe Lopez. It was a bit of a rebuilding year for the Viks, as head coach Nigel Burton started a freshman quarterback. The good news is that the top-two rushers (DJ Adams and Shaquille Richard, and don't forget a tough Steven Long who had brain surgery in the offseason) and leading wide receiver in terms of receptions (Thomas Carter) from 2012 return along with to-be sophomore QB Kieran McDonagh.
[Related: 2013 Cal football schedule]
Considering the Vikings’ FCS status, 2012 record and 39-point loss to Washington that season, this one doesn’t figure to be a huge challenge for the Golden Bears. The one thing Sonny Dykes will have to drill into his guys’ heads is to not overlook Portland State—the Golden Bears host their biggest non-conference game in years with Ohio State coming to Strawberry Canyon the next week and a date in Eugene the game after that. Cal will have to make sure it wins the day before thinking about the Buckeyes and Ducks.
The tough 2013 slate goes beyond just Ohio State and Oregon -- six of Cal's final seven games come against teams who made bowl games and finished with winning records in 2012. On the plus side, Cal plays seven games in front of the Golden Bear faithful, so the opportunity will be there to spring some upsets.
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