Cal To Play UCLA At Rose Bowl
BERKELEY – Cal will open its 2020 football season by visiting UCLA on Sunday at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. The game will kick off at 9 a.m. and be televised on FS1.
The date became available after both the Golden Bears' and Bruins' previously scheduled games were canceled. Neither of the teams' opponents – Arizona State for Cal, Utah for UCLA – were able to play due to COVID-19 protocols.
Cal and UCLA were not originally scheduled to play this season. The schools last met in the Rose Bowl on Nov. 30, 2019, resulting in a 28-18 Golden Bear victory.
The Bears did not play their scheduled season-opener vs. Washington on Nov. 7 following a single positive COVID-19 test and subsequent contact tracing. Cal has since received clearance from public health officials to play on Sunday.
"We have known from the beginning of this pandemic that there could be challenges this season and that we would need to remain flexible and find ways to be creative while still keeping the health and safety of our student-athletes as our No. 1 priority," Director of Athletics Jim Knowlton said. "This has certainly been an emotional rollercoaster for those in our program, particularly our student-athletes, but we need to remain as diligent as ever and proceed within federal, state and local protocols. We are appreciative of the work from all involved to be able to play this game on short notice."
"We have known since the pandemic began that the 2020 college football season would be different from any other," Cal football coach Justin Wilcox said. "As I've told our team many times, the one thing we have learned is to expect the unexpected. We appreciate all of the hard work that everyone has done on so many levels to allow us to play this weekend, and we are thankful the opportunity has arisen to play at UCLA."
The Pac-12 announced today that Cal will now play at UCLA on Sunday, November 15 at 9:00am PT. The scheduling of this game is consistent with the Conference's commitment to provide opportunities for student-athletes through maximum scheduling flexibility while still prioritizing health and safety. The announcement follows the cancellation of the Cal at Arizona State game and the Utah at UCLA game earlier today. The Cal at UCLA game will air on Fox Sports 1.
In light of the Sunday scheduling of this game, the Conference has rescheduled the UCLA at Oregon game currently scheduled to take place on Friday evening, November 20 to Saturday, November 21, with the exact game time to be announced as soon as confirmed. The game will air on the ESPN family of networks.