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Cal Football 2018 Schedule is Out

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ALL Saturday games. Seven home games... for now.

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With two pivotal weeks left in the regular season, the Pac-12 released its football schedule. Take a brief break from Big Game hype and look forward to the 2018 schedule.

Some notes:

  • As the California Golden Bears has had two weekday games each of the last two seasons; this year, Cal gets a break from that with 12 Saturday games. This includes the USC road game, which marks first time since 2012 that the Cal–USC contest wasn’t on a Thursday.
  • As usual, the Big Game is the second-to-last game of the year as Cal has a game on Thanksgiving weekend once again, this time against Colorado.
  • Unlike this year, where Cal had a late bye week, the bye week is in Week 4. This has happened a few times this decade where Cal faces its three non-conference games consecutively, takes a break, and then faces the nine conference games consecutively.
  • For the first time since 2013, Cal will have seven home games. They were scheduled to have seven in 2014 and 2016, but one home game in 2014 was moved to Levi’s Stadium and one in 2016 was moved to Australia. I guess it’s still possible a venue change (to Levi’s or the Coliseum) can happen, but for now it looks like it will be seven at home.
  • Eleven of the twelve games are guaranteed to be on TV. No guarantee the road game at BYU will be televised, but I’d be really shocked if it weren’t.

Cal fans, what are you thoughts on the schedule? Does it really matter to you right now with Big Game two days away?

Cal’s schedule

No times set yet. ALL games are on Saturday. Homecoming game not yet set.

In list format:

  • September 1: Home vs. North Carolina
  • September 8: Road @ BYU
  • September 15: Home vs. Idaho State
  • September 22: BYE
  • September 29: Home vs. Oregon
  • October 6: Road @ Arizona
  • October 13: Home vs. UCLA (Joe Roth game with alternate jerseys)
  • October 20: Road @ Oregon State
  • October 27: Home vs. Washington
  • November 3: Road @ Washington State
  • November 10: Road @ USC
  • November 17: Home vs. Stanford (Big Game)
  • November 24: Home vs. Colorado (Senior Day)

In table format:

Cal Football’s 2018 schedule

Date Opponent Venue Notes
Date Opponent Venue Notes
Sat., Sept. 1 North Carolina Tar Heels home .
Sat., Sept. 8 BYU Cougars road .
Sat., Sept. 15 Idaho State Bengals home .
Sat., Sept. 22 bye . .
Sat., Sept. 29 Oregon Ducks home .
Sat., Oct. 6 Arizona Wildcats road .
Sat., Oct. 13 UCLA Bruins home Joe Roth Memorial Game
Sat., Oct. 20 Oregon State Beavers road .
Sat., Oct. 27 Washington Huskies home .
Sat., Nov. 3 Washington State Cougars road .
Sat., Nov. 10 USC Trojans road .
Sat., Nov. 17 Stanford Cardinal home Big Game
Sat., Nov. 24 Colorado Buffaloes home Senior Day

The full Pac-12 schedule in list format or schedule with press release.

Notable Pac-12 non-conference games (against teams currently ranked) include:

  • September 1: Washington vs. Auburn (at the new Atlanta stadium)
  • September 1: Oregon State @ Ohio State
  • September 8: Arizona State vs. Michigan State
  • September 8: UCLA @ Oklahoma
  • September 29: Stanford @ Notre Dame
  • November 24: USC vs. Notre Dame

(One notable change that won’t affect us until future years: All teams that play on Thursday/Friday will either have a bye week before OR a home game, addressing a main complaint this year.)