ESPN To Televise Cal's Early-Season Football Games Nationally

May 19, 2004

BERKELEY, Calif. - Reflecting an increasing national interest in Cal football, ESPN announced today that the Golden Bears' first two road games of the 2004 season will be televised on the country's leading sports cable network.

ESPN will air the Golden Bears' season opener at Air Force on Saturday, Sept. 4, while the California-Southern Mississippi game, originally slated for Sept. 25 in Hattiesburg, Miss., has been rescheduled for Thursday, Sept. 16, to accommodate the network's primetime audience.

Kickoff time at Southern Mississippi's M.M. Roberts Stadium will be 4:45 p.m. PDT (6:45 p.m. CDT), while starting time for the Air Force game is yet to be determined.

Head coach Jeff Tedford's Bears, coming off a second straight winning season that was capped by a 52-49 victory over Virginia Tech in the 2003 Insight Bowl, are ranked among the nation's Top 20 teams in early pre-season polls. Leading national web sites, ESPN.com (No. 11) and SI.com (No. 15), both list Cal among their top 15 schools, while Athlon Sports-the first pre-season college football magazine to release its pre-season rankings-rates Tedford's Bears No. 14 nationally.

With the Southern Miss game moved up to Sept. 16, the Golden Bears will now enjoy a 15-day hiatus before opening their Pacific-10 Conference season at Oregon State Oct. 2.

Date        Opponent                          Time (Pacific)Sept. 4     at Air Force (ESPN)               TBASept. 11    New Mexico St.                    3:30 p.m.Sept. 16    at Southern Mississippi (ESPN)    4:45 p.m.Oct. 2      at Oregon St.                     TBAOct. 9      at USC                            TBAOct. 16     UCLA                              2:00 p.m.Oct. 23     at Arizona                        4:00 p.m.Oct. 30     Arizona St.                       12:30 p.m.Nov. 6      Oregon                            12:30 p.m.Nov. 13     at Washington                     12:30 p.m.Nov. 20     Stanford                          12:30 p.m.

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