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ACC Announces Conference Football Matchups For 2024-30

October 30, 2023
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BERKELEY – The Atlantic Coast Conference announced its future football schedule model for the next seven years on Monday, featuring California's home and away conference opponents from 2024-30.

Cal will host four ACC opponents in 2024 – the Golden Bears' inaugural season in the conference – with Miami, North Carolina State, Stanford and Syracuse visiting California Memorial Stadium. Cal's first slate of ACC road games includes trips to Florida State, Pittsburgh, SMU and Wake Forest.



In addition to the conference schedule, the Bears have nonconference games against UC Davis (Aug. 31) and San Diego State (Sept. 14) at home flanking the Bears' first-ever trip to Auburn (Sept. 7). Cal has one open date on its 12-game slate.

The specific game dates for the 2024 ACC schedule will be announced on Jan. 31, 2024 (9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT) as part of ACC Network's ACC Huddle: 2024 Schedule Reveal.

Each ACC member institution will play eight conference games per season, with all 17 teams facing each other at least twice over the next seven campaigns – once at home and once on the road. The top two teams based on conference winning percentage will compete each year in the ACC Football Championship Game on the first Saturday in December at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Visit CalBears.com to place a 2024 Cal football season ticket deposit. Season ticket holders receive benefits such as season parking, the ability to transfer, exchange, sell and purchase additional tickets, and much more.
Fans can also check out the Cal Athletic Fund online to support the Cal football program via the Championship CALiber initiative.

Below are Cal's ACC opponents for the next seven seasons.
 
2024
Home: Miami, North Carolina State, Stanford, Syracuse
Road: Florida State, Pittsburgh, SMU, Wake Forest
 
2025
Home: Duke, North Carolina, SMU, Virginia
Road: Boston College, Louisville, Stanford, Virginia Tech
 
2026
Home: Clemson, Stanford, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest
Road: North Carolina State, SMU, Syracuse, Virginia
 
2027
Home: Boston College, Florida State, Louisville, SMU
Road: Georgia Tech, Miami, Pittsburgh, Stanford
 
2028
Home: Georgia Tech, North Carolina State, Pittsburgh, Stanford
Road: Florida State, Louisville, SMU, Wake Forest
 
2029
Home: Duke, Miami, SMU, Syracuse
Road: Boston College, Clemson, North Carolina, Stanford
 
2030
Home: Clemson, North Carolina, Stanford, Virginia
Road: Duke, Georgia Tech, SMU, Virginia Tech

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ACC Announces Conference Football Matchups For 2024-30

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BearoutEast67
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Awesome! Time to put up or shut up in terms of donating to Cal Bears Football! If this doesn't get your Blue and Gold blood pumping, nothing will.
Donate to Cal's NIL at https://calegends.com/donation/
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BearoutEast67 said:

Awesome! Time to put up or shut up in terms of donating to Cal Bears Football! If this doesn't get your Blue and Gold blood pumping, nothing will.


Give to Cal Legends
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Home against Furd, Syracuse, NCSt, Miami
Away against Florida st, Pitt, SMU and Wake Forest.

Exciting!
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BearoutEast67 said:

Awesome! Time to put up or shut up in terms of donating to Cal Bears Football! If this doesn't get your Blue and Gold blood pumping, nothing will.
The only thing that will get my blood pumping is when Knowlton and Wilcox are fired
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burritos said:

Home against Furd, Syracuse, NCSt, Miami
Away against Florida st, Pitt, SMU and Wake Forest.

Exciting!
My folks (also alums, but too old to go to ball games at this point) are in Maryland. This allows me ample justification to roadtrip to both Pitt and Wake Forest -- y'know, to check in on them
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While the games will be more interesting due to the novelty of the opponents, the road games will be brutal
SoFlaBear
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Preface: We've had numerous complaints over the years about the late-night (7:00 PM Pacific ) starts that are used for late night programming on the East Coast, and I suspect that will continue to be an issue.

Question: However, now that there are many East Coast teams in our conference, has any thought been given to "Early Start" (9 AM Pacific) games that would be noon broadcasts on the East Coast?

On one hand - the students will hate it, the March to Victory will be at sunrise, and the Valley alums will be leaving at 6ish to get in and get parked. But the plus side - the game would be done by 1 PM, and then you could lunch and get home at a reasonable hour.
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SoFlaBear said:

Preface: We've had numerous complaints over the years about the late-night (7:00 PM Pacific ) starts that are used for late night programming on the East Coast, and I suspect that will continue to be an issue.

Question: However, now that there are many East Coast teams in our conference, has any thought been given to "Early Start" (9 AM Pacific) games that would be noon broadcasts on the East Coast?

On one hand - the students will hate it, the March to Victory will be at sunrise, and the Valley alums will be leaving at 6ish to get in and get parked. But the plus side - the game would be done by 1 PM, and then you could lunch and get home at a reasonable hour.
The ACC has plenty of schools on the east coast to fill the 9 AM west coast time slot. They won't need Cal or Stanford to play that early. I suspect we will see 12-1 PM and 4-5 PM games. My thinking is that they won't want 7 PM games because it'll end well after midnight east coast time, so fans from those ACC schools won't be watching.

As for us playing games on the road at 9 AM our time, I suspect the attitude of the other ACC schools will be "Tough. You knew we played early when you joined us."
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I can't wait for Oregon to kick off at 6am some November in New Jersey.
concordtom
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How did we get stuck having an annual matchup with SMU?
Because none of the east coast schools wanted to play them as much (either). "Stick SMU with those California schools!"
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concordtom said:

How did we get stuck having an annual matchup with SMU?
Because none of the east coast schools wanted to play them as much (either). "Stick SMU with those California schools!"

Direct flight to Dallas, 3 1/2 hrs.
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concordtom said:

How did we get stuck having an annual matchup with SMU?
Because none of the east coast schools wanted to play them as much (either). "Stick SMU with those California schools!"
Because ACC schools can have "protected rivalries" of two or three other schools who they can play every year. So UNC can play Duke and NC State every year, for example. To make Cal and Stanford's schedules work within the new ACC, they made SMU one of our "protected rivals" that we play every year.

And it also makes some logistical sense to do that, given that the travel from the Bay Area to Dallas is less burdensome than any other ACC location.
concordtom
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Think about the ridiculousness of that.
SMWho is a protected rival?
Who cares?!?!

This is the school that received the death penalty because they cheated so badly.

I don't want anything to do with them.
Culturally, what do we have in common?
Both were odd men out on football realignment, that's it.
calumnus
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concordtom said:

Think about the ridiculousness of that.
SMWho is a protected rival?
Who cares?!?!

This is the school that received the death penalty because they cheated so badly.

I don't want anything to do with them.
Culturally, what do we have in common?
Both were odd men out on football realignment, that's it.


We, Stanford and SMU are the West of the Mississippi pod. It reduces travel. Think of them as a substitute for USC, a school you despise in one of our key recruiting areas and that we play every year.
sycasey
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concordtom said:

Think about the ridiculousness of that.
SMWho is a protected rival?
Who cares?!?!

This is the school that received the death penalty because they cheated so badly.

I don't want anything to do with them.
Culturally, what do we have in common?
Both were odd men out on football realignment, that's it.
It's just a logistical arrangement that doesn't say anything about the particular schools involved. Obviously Cal and Stanford will be each other's protected rivals, and each needed one more to help make the schedules work. SMU was the best candidate, as the other new kid on the block and also geographically the closest.
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concordtom said:

This is the school that received the death penalty because they cheated so badly.



They were given the death penalty for the same stuff that USC, Texas, Oklahoma, Alabama, Ohio State, et al have been doing in football since before we were born. The NCAA made an example of them because they didn't have the political protection those other teams have.

And of course that stuff went on in basketball as well long before it was legal. In case you have forgotten that, Google the name "Sam Gilbert".
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Eastern Oregon Bear said:

SoFlaBear said:

Preface: We've had numerous complaints over the years about the late-night (7:00 PM Pacific ) starts that are used for late night programming on the East Coast, and I suspect that will continue to be an issue.

Question: However, now that there are many East Coast teams in our conference, has any thought been given to "Early Start" (9 AM Pacific) games that would be noon broadcasts on the East Coast?

On one hand - the students will hate it, the March to Victory will be at sunrise, and the Valley alums will be leaving at 6ish to get in and get parked. But the plus side - the game would be done by 1 PM, and then you could lunch and get home at a reasonable hour.
The ACC has plenty of schools on the east coast to fill the 9 AM west coast time slot. They won't need Cal or Stanford to play that early. I suspect we will see 12-1 PM and 4-5 PM games. My thinking is that they won't want 7 PM games because it'll end well after midnight east coast time, so fans from those ACC schools won't be watching.

As for us playing games on the road at 9 AM our time, I suspect the attitude of the other ACC schools will be "Tough. You knew we played early when you joined us."


The college football networks seem to have 4 major viewing windows:

9:00
12:30
4:00
7:30

I'm assuming Cal's OOC home games are all going to get the late night slot. It will be interesting to see if the conference games kickoff at 10:30 est, but I somehow doubt it unless the contest is between Cal, Stanford and SMU. The counterpoint is that the schools' wishes dont matter and it's the networks calling the shots.

As for 9:00 am kickoffs for away games, I actually like it. That means the games will be over between 12 and 1 and I still have nearly a full Saturday to do with as i like.
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I wouldn't rule out the possibility that an east-coast school playing at Cal or Stanford would start at 7-7:30 PM local time, but I'm thinking they would probably try to avoid it more because of the east coast viewership issue? Also the available time slots in the ACC are most likely going to be different. ESPN and Fox explicitly reserved late windows for Pac-12 teams because they knew they could get games there.

But this is all pretty hard to predict right now, given how much the conferences have reshuffled.
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concordtom said:

Think about the ridiculousness of that.
SMWho is a protected rival?
Who cares?!?!

This is the school that received the death penalty because they cheated so badly.

I don't want anything to do with them.
Culturally, what do we have in common?
Both were odd men out on football realignment, that's it.

The kind of cheating they did is now 100% legal.

I think the main problem with SMU is, given how loaded they are, how motivated their fan base is, and how deep their recruiting pool, they are going to be a top program soon enough, similar to what they were in the late stages of the SWC.
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golden sloth said:

Eastern Oregon Bear said:

SoFlaBear said:

Preface: We've had numerous complaints over the years about the late-night (7:00 PM Pacific ) starts that are used for late night programming on the East Coast, and I suspect that will continue to be an issue.

Question: However, now that there are many East Coast teams in our conference, has any thought been given to "Early Start" (9 AM Pacific) games that would be noon broadcasts on the East Coast?

On one hand - the students will hate it, the March to Victory will be at sunrise, and the Valley alums will be leaving at 6ish to get in and get parked. But the plus side - the game would be done by 1 PM, and then you could lunch and get home at a reasonable hour.
The ACC has plenty of schools on the east coast to fill the 9 AM west coast time slot. They won't need Cal or Stanford to play that early. I suspect we will see 12-1 PM and 4-5 PM games. My thinking is that they won't want 7 PM games because it'll end well after midnight east coast time, so fans from those ACC schools won't be watching.

As for us playing games on the road at 9 AM our time, I suspect the attitude of the other ACC schools will be "Tough. You knew we played early when you joined us."


The college football networks seem to have 4 major viewing windows:

9:00
12:30
4:00
7:30

I'm assuming Cal's OOC home games are all going to get the late night slot. It will be interesting to see if the conference games kickoff at 10:30 est, but I somehow doubt it unless the contest is between Cal, Stanford and SMU. The counterpoint is that the schools' wishes dont matter and it's the networks calling the shots.

As for 9:00 am kickoffs for away games, I actually like it. That means the games will be over between 12 and 1 and I still have nearly a full Saturday to do with as i like.


I think ESPN would be foolish to have us play at 9 am (12 on the East Coast). They have plenty of East Coast-East Coast matchups to air at that prime time. Better to have us in one of the "less desirable" later games where they can pick up more West Coast viewers, most of whom are not drinking beer and watching football at 9 am.
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My big question is besides the furd who will challenge Cal_Berkeley for the BDW title
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calumnus said:

golden sloth said:

Eastern Oregon Bear said:

SoFlaBear said:

Preface: We've had numerous complaints over the years about the late-night (7:00 PM Pacific ) starts that are used for late night programming on the East Coast, and I suspect that will continue to be an issue.

Question: However, now that there are many East Coast teams in our conference, has any thought been given to "Early Start" (9 AM Pacific) games that would be noon broadcasts on the East Coast?

On one hand - the students will hate it, the March to Victory will be at sunrise, and the Valley alums will be leaving at 6ish to get in and get parked. But the plus side - the game would be done by 1 PM, and then you could lunch and get home at a reasonable hour.
The ACC has plenty of schools on the east coast to fill the 9 AM west coast time slot. They won't need Cal or Stanford to play that early. I suspect we will see 12-1 PM and 4-5 PM games. My thinking is that they won't want 7 PM games because it'll end well after midnight east coast time, so fans from those ACC schools won't be watching.

As for us playing games on the road at 9 AM our time, I suspect the attitude of the other ACC schools will be "Tough. You knew we played early when you joined us."

The college football networks seem to have 4 major viewing windows:

9:00
12:30
4:00
7:30

I'm assuming Cal's OOC home games are all going to get the late night slot. It will be interesting to see if the conference games kickoff at 10:30 est, but I somehow doubt it unless the contest is between Cal, Stanford and SMU. The counterpoint is that the schools' wishes dont matter and it's the networks calling the shots.

As for 9:00 am kickoffs for away games, I actually like it. That means the games will be over between 12 and 1 and I still have nearly a full Saturday to do with as i like.

I think ESPN would be foolish to have us play at 9 am (12 on the East Coast). They have plenty of East Coast-East Coast matchups to air at that prime time. Better to have us in one of the "less desirable" later games where they can pick up more West Coast viewers, most of whom are not drinking beer and watching football at 9 am.
There are bound to be at least a few game times that make one fan base or the other unhappy.

Next year, during the conference season, there will be 8 ACC games for "the ESPN family of networks" in any given week, or 9 when Notre Dame is visiting an ACC team. Even if one ACC game is on Thursday or Friday night, that leaves 7 or 8 to be played on Saturday.

Sometimes an east coast team will play on the west coast at 10:30 pm Eastern time, and sometimes Cal or Stanford will play a road game at 9 am Pacific time. The most attractive Cal or Stanford home games (in the eyes of ESPN) will probably not be played in the east-coast-is-asleep time slot. But others will be.
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BearSD said:

calumnus said:

golden sloth said:

Eastern Oregon Bear said:

SoFlaBear said:

Preface: We've had numerous complaints over the years about the late-night (7:00 PM Pacific ) starts that are used for late night programming on the East Coast, and I suspect that will continue to be an issue.

Question: However, now that there are many East Coast teams in our conference, has any thought been given to "Early Start" (9 AM Pacific) games that would be noon broadcasts on the East Coast?

On one hand - the students will hate it, the March to Victory will be at sunrise, and the Valley alums will be leaving at 6ish to get in and get parked. But the plus side - the game would be done by 1 PM, and then you could lunch and get home at a reasonable hour.
The ACC has plenty of schools on the east coast to fill the 9 AM west coast time slot. They won't need Cal or Stanford to play that early. I suspect we will see 12-1 PM and 4-5 PM games. My thinking is that they won't want 7 PM games because it'll end well after midnight east coast time, so fans from those ACC schools won't be watching.

As for us playing games on the road at 9 AM our time, I suspect the attitude of the other ACC schools will be "Tough. You knew we played early when you joined us."

The college football networks seem to have 4 major viewing windows:

9:00
12:30
4:00
7:30

I'm assuming Cal's OOC home games are all going to get the late night slot. It will be interesting to see if the conference games kickoff at 10:30 est, but I somehow doubt it unless the contest is between Cal, Stanford and SMU. The counterpoint is that the schools' wishes dont matter and it's the networks calling the shots.

As for 9:00 am kickoffs for away games, I actually like it. That means the games will be over between 12 and 1 and I still have nearly a full Saturday to do with as i like.

I think ESPN would be foolish to have us play at 9 am (12 on the East Coast). They have plenty of East Coast-East Coast matchups to air at that prime time. Better to have us in one of the "less desirable" later games where they can pick up more West Coast viewers, most of whom are not drinking beer and watching football at 9 am.
There are bound to be at least a few game times that make one fan base or the other unhappy.

Next year, during the conference season, there will be 8 ACC games for "the ESPN family of networks" in any given week, or 9 when Notre Dame is visiting an ACC team. Even if one ACC game is on Thursday or Friday night, that leaves 7 or 8 to be played on Saturday.

Sometimes an east coast team will play on the west coast at 10:30 pm Eastern time, and sometimes Cal or Stanford will play a road game at 9 am Pacific time. The most attractive Cal or Stanford home games (in the eyes of ESPN) will probably not be played in the east-coast-is-asleep time slot. But others will be.


Understood, I'm just saying that, if you are ESPN and you are looking at which ACC games on the East Coast to move into a later time slot, a game involving Cal or Stanford would make sense, all other things being equal. Not because they want to do us a favor, but because they are in business to make money want a West Coast audience.
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calumnus said:

BearSD said:

calumnus said:

golden sloth said:

Eastern Oregon Bear said:

SoFlaBear said:

Preface: We've had numerous complaints over the years about the late-night (7:00 PM Pacific ) starts that are used for late night programming on the East Coast, and I suspect that will continue to be an issue.

Question: However, now that there are many East Coast teams in our conference, has any thought been given to "Early Start" (9 AM Pacific) games that would be noon broadcasts on the East Coast?

On one hand - the students will hate it, the March to Victory will be at sunrise, and the Valley alums will be leaving at 6ish to get in and get parked. But the plus side - the game would be done by 1 PM, and then you could lunch and get home at a reasonable hour.
The ACC has plenty of schools on the east coast to fill the 9 AM west coast time slot. They won't need Cal or Stanford to play that early. I suspect we will see 12-1 PM and 4-5 PM games. My thinking is that they won't want 7 PM games because it'll end well after midnight east coast time, so fans from those ACC schools won't be watching.

As for us playing games on the road at 9 AM our time, I suspect the attitude of the other ACC schools will be "Tough. You knew we played early when you joined us."

The college football networks seem to have 4 major viewing windows:

9:00
12:30
4:00
7:30

I'm assuming Cal's OOC home games are all going to get the late night slot. It will be interesting to see if the conference games kickoff at 10:30 est, but I somehow doubt it unless the contest is between Cal, Stanford and SMU. The counterpoint is that the schools' wishes dont matter and it's the networks calling the shots.

As for 9:00 am kickoffs for away games, I actually like it. That means the games will be over between 12 and 1 and I still have nearly a full Saturday to do with as i like.

I think ESPN would be foolish to have us play at 9 am (12 on the East Coast). They have plenty of East Coast-East Coast matchups to air at that prime time. Better to have us in one of the "less desirable" later games where they can pick up more West Coast viewers, most of whom are not drinking beer and watching football at 9 am.
There are bound to be at least a few game times that make one fan base or the other unhappy.

Next year, during the conference season, there will be 8 ACC games for "the ESPN family of networks" in any given week, or 9 when Notre Dame is visiting an ACC team. Even if one ACC game is on Thursday or Friday night, that leaves 7 or 8 to be played on Saturday.

Sometimes an east coast team will play on the west coast at 10:30 pm Eastern time, and sometimes Cal or Stanford will play a road game at 9 am Pacific time. The most attractive Cal or Stanford home games (in the eyes of ESPN) will probably not be played in the east-coast-is-asleep time slot. But others will be.


Understood, I'm just saying that, if you are ESPN and you are looking at which ACC games on the East Coast to move into a later time slot, a game involving Cal or Stanford would make sense, all other things being equal. Not because they want to do us a favor, but because they are in business to make money want a West Coast audience.
My counterpoint is the fact that most of the times Cal has gone way back east, its been a 9:00 game. Maryland, Minnesota, Ole Miss, and North Carolina all ring a bell. Notre Dame was not, but they are unique with their NBC specific contract. The only possible exception is Ohio State where I simply can't remember when the kickoff was. But when Cal played second-tier teams (which is most of the ACC) the games were at 9:00.

The Tennessee - Cal game is also a bit of an exception as Cal was actually highly ranked and it was one of the top 3 games of the week. Its been a long time since Cal has had that kind of clout.
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Open spot = home vs the domers
Guaranteed
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calumnus said:

concordtom said:

Think about the ridiculousness of that.
SMWho is a protected rival?
Who cares?!?!

This is the school that received the death penalty because they cheated so badly.

I don't want anything to do with them.
Culturally, what do we have in common?
Both were odd men out on football realignment, that's it.


We, Stanford and SMU are the West of the Mississippi pod. It reduces travel. Think of them as a substitute for USC, a school you despise in one of our key recruiting areas and that we play every year.
Sizewise, SMU is much more like Stanfurd. Both have under 8000 undergrad students compared to USC who has > 20,000. Plus, there are lots of USC grads in NorCal as well as those who will travel up from SoCal for a game.

I guess there was a pretty good visiting crowd from UT when they played at CMS years ago, but I wonder what kind of presence SMU will have. Texans being Texans (e.g. only peripherally connected to the USA - think they still can secede), will they be inclined to travel to a terrible place like Berkeley? They may be more inclined to show up for Stanfurd, where they can tell each other, "Hmmmph! I could have gone here, if I'd bothered to apply. Where is the nearest Dave and Busters?"
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HearstMining said:

calumnus said:

concordtom said:

Think about the ridiculousness of that.
SMWho is a protected rival?
Who cares?!?!

This is the school that received the death penalty because they cheated so badly.

I don't want anything to do with them.
Culturally, what do we have in common?
Both were odd men out on football realignment, that's it.


We, Stanford and SMU are the West of the Mississippi pod. It reduces travel. Think of them as a substitute for USC, a school you despise in one of our key recruiting areas and that we play every year.
Sizewise, SMU is much more like Stanfurd. Both have under 8000 undergrad students compared to USC who has > 20,000. Plus, there are lots of USC grads in NorCal as well as those who will travel up from SoCal for a game.

I guess there was a pretty good visiting crowd from UT when they played at CMS years ago, but I wonder what kind of presence SMU will have. Texans being Texans (e.g. only peripherally connected to the USA - think they still can secede), will they be inclined to travel to a terrible place like Berkeley? They may be more inclined to show up for Stanfurd, where they can tell each other, "Hmmmph! I could have gone here, if I'd bothered to apply. Where is the nearest Dave and Busters?"


I can tell you how it'll be.
They'll come out here and rip on the liberal urban campus in Berkeley. Trash and weirdos in the streets. They'll smell pot and see homeless on telegraph and complain.

Before/after the game they'll drive across the golden gate, take in a vista on grizzly peak, and marvel at our beauty, secretly wishing they could live here. They'll have fine dining and visit cool people. If it's early in the season while still hot and humid in Texas, they'll be thrilled to experience our spectacular weather.

They'll fly back exhausted, jump in the familiar comforts of their own bed, and reflect that Republicans need to defeat Democrats, so that they feel like winners despite the L we gave them.
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HearstMining said:

calumnus said:

concordtom said:

Think about the ridiculousness of that.
SMWho is a protected rival?
Who cares?!?!

This is the school that received the death penalty because they cheated so badly.

I don't want anything to do with them.
Culturally, what do we have in common?
Both were odd men out on football realignment, that's it.


We, Stanford and SMU are the West of the Mississippi pod. It reduces travel. Think of them as a substitute for USC, a school you despise in one of our key recruiting areas and that we play every year.
Sizewise, SMU is much more like Stanfurd. Both have under 8000 undergrad students compared to USC who has > 20,000. Plus, there are lots of USC grads in NorCal as well as those who will travel up from SoCal for a game.

I guess there was a pretty good visiting crowd from UT when they played at CMS years ago, but I wonder what kind of presence SMU will have. Texans being Texans (e.g. only peripherally connected to the USA - think they still can secede), will they be inclined to travel to a terrible place like Berkeley? They may be more inclined to show up for Stanfurd, where they can tell each other, "Hmmmph! I could have gone here, if I'd bothered to apply. Where is the nearest Dave and Busters?"

SMU isn't drawing big crowds at home right now; I doubt they bring a large contingent to the Bay Area either.
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BearSD said:



Sometimes an east coast team will play on the west coast at 10:30 pm Eastern time, and sometimes Cal or Stanford will play a road game at 9 am Pacific time. The most attractive Cal or Stanford home games (in the eyes of ESPN) will probably not be played in the east-coast-is-asleep time slot. But others will be.
I imagine the Big Game will be the one likely ACC After Dark obvious choice. My feeling is we will get a LOT of 4:30p start times in our future for conference games.
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NWBear90 said:

BearSD said:



Sometimes an east coast team will play on the west coast at 10:30 pm Eastern time, and sometimes Cal or Stanford will play a road game at 9 am Pacific time. The most attractive Cal or Stanford home games (in the eyes of ESPN) will probably not be played in the east-coast-is-asleep time slot. But others will be.
I imagine the Big Game will be the one likely ACC After Dark obvious choice. My feeling is we will get a LOT of 4:30p start times in our future for conference games.


Agreed. Assuming we alternate home and away with Stanford, our home games will be ESPN's major West Coast game each week. The most likely candidate to be moved back for a national audience. 4:30 starts are not bad (3:00 is ideal).

I predict we finally get College Gameday in Berkeley next year.

I also think that if you are trying to decide which of the 7 ACC games on the East Coast to move to a later kickoff, choosing one involving Cal or Stanford makes sense, even if it Is just for the ACC Network.
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Cal88 said:

concordtom said:

How did we get stuck having an annual matchup with SMU?
Because none of the east coast schools wanted to play them as much (either). "Stick SMU with those California schools!"

Direct flight to Dallas, 3 1/2 hrs.


I was going to say - it's a pretty easy flight from anywhere. It's about a 10.5 hr drive for me or about a 2 hr flight.
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calumnus said:

NWBear90 said:

BearSD said:



Sometimes an east coast team will play on the west coast at 10:30 pm Eastern time, and sometimes Cal or Stanford will play a road game at 9 am Pacific time. The most attractive Cal or Stanford home games (in the eyes of ESPN) will probably not be played in the east-coast-is-asleep time slot. But others will be.
I imagine the Big Game will be the one likely ACC After Dark obvious choice. My feeling is we will get a LOT of 4:30p start times in our future for conference games.


Agreed. Assuming we alternate home and away with Stanford, our home games will be ESPN's major West Coast game each week. The most likely candidate to be moved back for a national audience. 4:30 starts are not bad (3:00 is ideal).

I predict we finally get College Gameday in Berkeley next year.

I also think that if you are trying to decide which of the 7 ACC games on the East Coast to move to a later kickoff, choosing one involving Cal or Stanford makes sense, even if it Is just for the ACC Network.


Although I appreciate the optimism, I need to interject some reality.

Gameday is reserved for compelling matchups between good teams playing in the major conferences.

We are an average to bad team playing in a lesser conference against non-compelling opponents. We will not get gameday next year.
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golden sloth said:

calumnus said:

NWBear90 said:

BearSD said:



Sometimes an east coast team will play on the west coast at 10:30 pm Eastern time, and sometimes Cal or Stanford will play a road game at 9 am Pacific time. The most attractive Cal or Stanford home games (in the eyes of ESPN) will probably not be played in the east-coast-is-asleep time slot. But others will be.
I imagine the Big Game will be the one likely ACC After Dark obvious choice. My feeling is we will get a LOT of 4:30p start times in our future for conference games.


Agreed. Assuming we alternate home and away with Stanford, our home games will be ESPN's major West Coast game each week. The most likely candidate to be moved back for a national audience. 4:30 starts are not bad (3:00 is ideal).

I predict we finally get College Gameday in Berkeley next year.

I also think that if you are trying to decide which of the 7 ACC games on the East Coast to move to a later kickoff, choosing one involving Cal or Stanford makes sense, even if it Is just for the ACC Network.


Although I appreciate the optimism, I need to interject some reality.

Gameday is reserved for compelling matchups between good teams playing in the major conferences.

We are an average to bad team playing in a lesser conference against non-compelling opponents. We will not get gameday next year.


Mostly, but they will throw in a compelling story like this year when they did Colorado-Colorado State and North Carolina vs South Carolina.

If Cal pulls off a win at Auburn, the hype will be on.
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