College Football 2011: 8 Opponents We'd Love to See on Cal's Future Schedules
What makes a great football matchup? Trust us, it's not just the play on the field that moves the needle in college football. It's the entire game day experience—from packed stands, to to rabid fans and marching bands. With apologies to Sandy Barbour, Cal's Athletic Director, here are the top eight opponents we would love for Cal to face off against.
8. University of Nebraska
Granted, Nebraska is a storied program teams love to play; however, the underappreciated aspect of facing the Cornhuskers are their supporters—widely regarded as the most amiable and hospitable fans in the country.
7. Louisiana State University
A Saturday night game at “Death Valley” is considered the Holy Grail of college football. Who wouldn’t go down the rabbit hole to face the “Mad Hatter” Les Miles?
6. Duke University
Public versus private. High society versus “high” times. SAT versus ACT. A much needed win for Cal. You get the picture. Cal could use a breather in their schedule, and Duke is the perfect foil.
5. University of Tennessee
Even though Cal faced Tennessee recently, fans for both sides would reschedule this series in a heartbeat. What’s not to like about 105,000 screaming fans, a proud and rich football tradition, “Rocky Top,” checkerboard end zones and real southern hospitality. Bring it on y’all!
4. University of Notre Dame
The Pac-12 loves playing Notre Dame, and why not? Perhaps the most tradition-laden program in the country, coupled with its hallowed stadium…you can almost feel the ghosts of Irish past. If it was good enough for Rudy, it's good enough for Cal.
3. United States Naval Academy (Navy)
San Francisco’s annual Fleet Week celebration would provide the perfect backdrop for honoring the United States Naval Academy hosted at Cal. Navy’s powerful ground attack (ironic, isn’t it?) would provide a stern test for the Bears defense. Anchors away indeed!
2. University of Michigan
Michigan and Cal could have been separated at birth, one heading to the Big Ten and the other to the Pac-12. Both are renowned public universities, their school colors are the same and their main rivals wear red and white. This could be a true sibling rivalry.
1. University of Hawaii
Pass-happy Hawaii would provide an unusual test for Cal, would open doors to island recruits, and….who are we kidding. It's freaking Hawaii!