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Cal football 2017 schedule released: Ole Miss, UNC, USC, Oregon, UW 5 of first 6 opponents

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Some notes regarding the 2017 Cal football schedule.

  • Cal will be playing two Power 5 opponents in non-conference play (at North Carolina for the season opener, Ole Miss at home two weeks later). I believe that USC is the only other school in the conference to have that difficult a start.
  • Cal does not have a bye week until week 11. That seems preposterously late in the season.
  • Cal does have two short weeks to prepare for games: A Friday night matchup at home against Washington State, and a Friday game the day after Thanksgiving at UCLA. UCLA, again, is the season finale for the Bears.
  • Cal will flip out Arizona State and Utah for Arizona and Colorado the next two seasons. Cal will host Arizona on October 21, then head to Colorado on October 28. ASU and Utah will return to Cal’s schedule in 2019-20.
  • Cal’s first six weeks seem impossibly difficult. Other than the FCS game, Cal will play the two top teams in the Pac-12 in USC and Washington, host Ole Miss, head to North Carolina, and have a trip to Autzen to boot. If Cal can finish that stretch 3-3, sky’s the limit for the rest of the year.
  • Cal will have three home games in September, two home games in October, and Senior Day the first week of November. Cal will finish the season with three of their final four games on the road.

Below is the entire Cal schedule. Discuss!

Sat., Sept. 2 – at North Carolina:

Sat., Sept. 9 – Weber State

Sat., Sept. 16 – Ole Miss

Sat., Sept. 23 – USC

Sat., Sept. 30 – at Oregon

Sat., Oct. 7 – at Washington

Fri., Oct. 13 – Washington State

Sat., Oct. 21 – Arizona

Sat., Oct. 28 – at Colorado

Sat., Nov. 4 – Oregon State

Sat., Nov. 18 – at Stanford

Fri., Nov. 24 – at UCLA