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Cal Football TV Schedule: Northwestern on ESPN2, Ohio State on FOX

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Cal will play Oregon and Portland State on the Pac-12 Networks.

Kyle Terada-US PRESSWIRE

One of the nice things about the new era of the Pac-12 Networks is that we'll get to see every Cal game on TV regardless of where you are in the country! Except if you have DirecTV, in which case you are probably a monarchist.

Cal is coming off a bad year, which would traditionally mean it could be tough to see Cal on TV at any point. Thankfully, the Bears have a tough schedule next season, which does give them the benefit of some nationally televised contests early on. The home contests with Northwestern and Ohio State will both be nationally televised. Oregon and Portland State will both be Pac-12 Network telecasts.

Cal Athletics:

The Pac-12 announced television selections for Cal's first four football games of the 2013 season Wednesday, and the Sonny Dykes era will open on ESPN2 when the Golden Bears host Northwestern on Saturday, Aug. 31 at Memorial Stadium with kickoff set for 7:30 p.m.

Cal's home contest vs. Portland State on Saturday, Sept. 7 will start at 2 p.m. and be aired on the Pac-12 Networks, while the Cal-Ohio State game from Berkeley on Saturday, Sept. 14 will begin at 4 p.m. and be broadcast nationally on FOX. In addition, the Bears' first road contest of the year - at Oregon on Sept. 28 - will be shown on the Pac-12 Networks with a time still TBA.

It remains to be seen whether Cal will get a lot of conference matchups showcased on national television. It will probably very well depend on how well the Bears perform in those first games against Big Ten foes. Can Cal prove they're worthy?

Discuss the early schedule! What game looks the most compelling to you?