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Golden Nuggets: Cal-Nevada Score Predictions + Opening Day Thread

It looks like we will have no shortage of score predictions throughout the year as we welcome several newcomers to the fray. This week the nearly unanimous opinion is that the Bears will win and win big.

California 35, Nevada 20: The Bears should be fired up for their first game in renovated Memorial Stadium. And many of them remember what happened in 2010 at Nevada. Good news is Colin Kaepernick is playing across the Bay now with the San Francisco 49ers.

Meanwhile Kevin Gemmell is less optimistic, though still in favor of a Bears victory.

Cal 31, Nevada 24: The Wolfpack whupped the Bears the last time they met, but that was a very different Nevada team and a very different Cal team. The Bears' defense gets the job done and the offense will be efficient.

NEVADA (plus-9.5) at CAL: For all their problems in recent years, the Bears have aced their openers. Meanwhile, Nevada has never won a road opener against an AQ-conference school. Pick: Cal.

Cal, 30-20 Cal, 30-23 Cal, 31-27 Cal, 28-21
Nevada at Cal, noon (Pac-12 Network): Too much riding on this for the Bears to experience a hiccup. They remember the one-sided loss at Reno two years ago, and they will be fired up to please fans in renovated Memorial Stadium, bright and shiny all over again at age 89. Cal 34, Nevada 20.

Now let us all celebrate the return of college football with the first open thread of the year! The highlight of the night should be some cougar-on-cougar action as Cap'n Leach makes his debut against BYU.