Ok, so this is something new. According to this Fox Sports article Baylor is in talks to open the 2016 college football season in Australia and apparently:
Baylor's Rivals.com site, who first reported the news, said Sonny Dykes' Cal team is the most likely opponent for the Bears.
Cal currently has a full 2016 non-conference schedule with South Dakota lined up for their season opener on September 3rd, with a road date against San Diego State on September 10th and a home game with Texas on September 17th. A game in Australia would probably mean that either one of these games gets bumped down the schedule to a later bye week or (more likely) Cal and Baylor start the season a week before the rest of college football. (It's customary for most teams to get a bye week in the NFL after their overseas trips to London). Expect South Dakota to get nixed or moved regardless, I'm guessing Sonny wants to keep the game to ensure an extra victory is available on the schedule for bowl eligibility purposes.
Cal and Baylor opened the 2002 season (and the Tedford era) and that ended up going pretty well for the Golden Bears, but you have to think that the 2016 game would be a little more competitive. Cal will likely be breaking in a new starting QB and several other skill positions, plus there's the whole time change deal. Two high powered offenses squaring off Down Under would certainly be exciting, but do the risks outweigh the rewards?
So what do you think Golden Bears? Upsides? Downsides? Would you go?