Washington State and California will kick off their game in Berkeley on November 9th at 4:00 pm and will be televised on the Pac-12 Networks, the school announced Monday.
Both the Golden Bears and the Cougars will be coming off of a bye week after suffering losses to the conferences only two ranked teams Utah and Oregon - both jumped to inside the top-10 as of the latest AP poll.
The two losses however leave each team with a different feeling than one another. The Cougars took a 35-34 lead over Oregon with a minute remaining before watching the now ranked #7 Ducks drive down the field and hit a game winning field goal as time expired to take the game 37-35.
California on the other hand was shut out by Utah 35-0 as the Bears could not get anything going on offense. Utah was able to hold the Bears to just 83 yards of total offense and 6 first downs while racking up 473 yards of their own including 242 yards through the air.
Both teams came out to a hot start to the season as California would win their first four including an upset over then-ranked #14 Washington before dropping their next four and sit at 1-4 in conference. Similarly, the Cougars would win their first three and drop four of their next five and also sit at 1-4 in the conference.
Last season, the Cougars would get their 8th win of the season following a 19-13 victory over the Bears in Pullman. The previous year in Berkeley, the Cougars would basically no-show as they lost 37-3 for their first loss of the 2017 season. The Cougars have not won at California since 2013 when they won 44-22, a year before peak Pac-12 after dark happened in Pullman.
Late afternoon kickoff set for Nov. 9 game between Washington State, Cal | The Spokesman-Review
Both teams are on bye weeks right now and will enter the Pac-12 North matchup with identical records, both overall (4-4) and in conference play (1-4). The Golden Bears are coming off a 38-0 loss to Utah in Salt Lake City, while the Cougars dropped a 37-35 game to then No. 11 Oregon in Eugene.
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