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November 7 Cal-Washington Season-Opener At 7:30 PM On ESPN

Oct 26, 2020
Chase Garbers and the Golden Bears open the 2020 season by hosting Washington on November 7 (7:30 pm, ESPN).

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BERKELEY – Cal and Washington will open their 2020 seasons delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic with a 7:30 pm PT kickoff from California Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 7, the Pac-12 announced on Monday. The contest will be televised nationally by ESPN.

The Cal-Washington game will be the first played in Berkeley in a nearly a calendar year with the team's last home contest against USC on Nov. 16, 2019. Cal's last played on Dec. 30, 2019, when the Golden Bears wrapped up an 8-5 campaign last season with a 35-20 victory over Illinois in the Redbox Bowl at Levi's® Stadium in Santa Clara.

The only two Cal campaigns that have started later (Dec. 2, 1882 and Dec. 12, 1892) included games played the following spring. The Bears have never opened a season in November and the last time Cal began in October or later was with a 21-7 loss to Fort MacDowell on California Field in Berkeley on Oct. 5, 1918, just over five years before the opening of California Memorial Stadium.

Cal is 87-45-5 all-time in 137 season openers and has a current win streak of six straight dating back to 2014 including victories in all three under current head coach Justin Wilcox. The six-game win streak in season-openers is tied for the second-longest in school history behind only the 14 in a row from 1919-32. Cal was also unbeaten during a nine-year run of mostly rugby teams from 1908-16 (8-0-1) and an eight-year stretch from 1898-1905 (5-0-3).

Washington holds a 54-41-4 lead in the all-time series between the teams but Cal has knocked off ranked Huskies' teams each of the last two seasons including a 20-19 victory over a No. 12/14 Washington squad in Seattle last year in a game that was delayed by lightning and ended at 1:22 am PT. Cal was also a 12-10 winner against No. 15/13 Washington the last time the teams played in Berkeley on Oct. 27, 2018.

Each Pac-12 team will play a seven-game conference-only schedule in 2020 with Cal also hosting Stanford (Fri., Nov. 27, 1 pm FOX) and Oregon (Dec. 5), while taking road trips to Arizona State (Nov. 14), Oregon State (Nov. 21) and Washington State (Dec. 12). The Pac-12 Championship Game will be a home-hosted model televised by FOX and played on Friday, Dec. 18. Each of the league's 10 teams not involved in the title tilt will play on Saturday, Dec. 19, with matchups and other details to be announced at a later date.

All currently scheduled Cal contests other than the 123rd Big Game against Stanford will take place on Saturdays with remaining unannounced kickoff times and television broadcast networks to be unveiled either six or 12 days in advance. Under current state and Pac-12 protocols, fans will be not allowed to attend Cal home games in person.

Radio broadcasts of all Cal football games can be heard live on KGO 810 AM, the Cal Bears Sports Network powered by Learfield IMG College, Sirius XM satellite radio and CalBears.com via TuneIn.

Cal was originally scheduled to start its 2020 campaign on Aug. 29 against UNLV at Allegiant Stadium and later Oct. 26 at Oregon State in the second published version of the schedule before each was revised first to a 10-game conference-only slate and later to its current conference only seven-game model.

The Pac-12 Conference also announced Monday the kickoff times and network television for four other games scheduled to take place on the league's first day of the 2020 schedule on Nov. 7, in addition to a previously announced Arizona State-USC tilt that will kick off the league's campaign that day from the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum at 9 am PT.

2020 Cal Football Schedule
Day, Date – Opponent (Time, TV)
Sat., Nov. 7 – Washington (7:30 pm, ESPN)*
Sat., Nov. 14 – at Arizona State (TBA)*
Sat., Nov. 21 – at Oregon State (TBA)*
Fri., Nov. 27 – Stanford (1 pm, FOX)*
Sat., Dec. 5 – Oregon (TBA)*
Sat., Dec. 12 – at Washington State (TBA)*
Fri., Dec. 18 – Pac-12 Championship Game presented by 76®^
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Sat., Dec. 19 – TBA
Home games in bold at California Memorial Stadium, Berkeley, CA; *Pac-12 Game; ^home-hosted model