The Bears will be fueled by the reopening of Berkeley's Memorial Stadium, and it will give them an edge early in the season.
Cal has started fast in recent years, winning its first three games last season and its first four home games in 2010.
Next year should be much of the same for the Bears.
A favorable home schedule will have Cal knocking out Nevada and Southern Utah in its first two games of the season before heading out on the road.
Upon returning to Berkeley, the Bears will take down UCLA, Arizona State and Stanford before their showdown with Washington.
Cal will also have its home season finale against Oregon circled on its calendar. The last time the teams faced off in Memorial Stadium, the No. 1 lucky Ducks escaped with a 15-13 victory.
All season, Memorial Stadium will be electric and the student section will be raucous.
As a result, opposing teams will find victory hard to come by in Berkeley.