Two of the biggest factors on the minds of many California Golden Bears this Saturday have less to do with the football field and the conditions that surround the game. Namely, the start time and the weather.
Start time: Cal is getting an early start for the first time in a long time. Their last 9 a.m. Pacific start was against Ohio State in 2012, a 35–28 loss. They also lost a 9 a.m. kickoff against Maryland in 2008, but did win a 9 a.m. kickoff against Minnesota. All the games were decided by a score.
Cal is leaving early for North Carolina, travelling a day early to Chapel Hill this Thursday morning. That should give the Bears a day to calibrate to their early start time and hopefully avoid any grogginess that will come from playing on East Coast time.
The bigger concern is the weather. Cal died in the humidity in Maryland—and the South is no more favorable this time of year.
Or is it?
Turns out a few cold fronts have moved through Chapel Hill as of late, so the weather is favorable for the Bears. Thunderstorms are expected to move through North Carolina on Friday, leaving the field wet and the temperatures mild (73 to 78 degrees). That is very Berkeley-type weather...
Almost. Humidity is expected to be very southern. About 89% in kickoff and 73% by 3 PM. So it’ll be a muggy temperature.
Cal fans, thoughts on the weather?