The California Golden Bears seem to be a football team “on a mission.” This squad, which is a member of the North Division of the PAC-12 Conference, performed indifferently in 2014, but has gotten off to a great start in the still-new 2015 Season.
Head Coach Sonny Dykes, now in his third year, watched his squad produce a mediocre Won-Loss record of 5-7 in 2014. It did even worse against Conference foes, winning just three games while losing six.
That poor performance probably feels like a distant memory now, in 2015. The Golden Bears began the current football year with a win at home on September 5th against Grambling State University. The final score was lopsided. The Golden Bears won in a rout, 73-14.
Week two, which was also played at home on September 12th against San Diego State University, resulted in another big win. The Golden Bears romped, crushing the visitors by a score of 35-7.
This past weekend, on September 19th, the University of California football team finally went on the road. It traveled to the Lone Star state and played against the very tough Texas Longhorns. Somewhat surprisingly for a team that lost seven games a year ago, the Golden Bears edged the home team by a single point, winning the game 45-44.
That was a great win for a team that seems to be headed in the right direction. It remains to be seen, of course, if the athletes representing the University of California can keep on winning. It won’t be easy, because college football games are always hard-fought and generally competitive.
Nevertheless, the Golden Bears are schedule to host Washington State University n October 3rd, 19th ranked USC (University of Southern California) on October 31st, Oregon State University on November 14th and Arizona State University on November 28th.
The team’s remaining road games are likely to be much more challenging. The Golden Bears are scheduled to play several nationally-ranked teams.
It all gets underway against the University f Washington on September 26th.After that, the Golden Bears will visit the eighteenth-ranked University of Utah on October 10th, the ninth-ranked Bruins of UCLA on October 22nd, the thirteenth-ranked Oregon Ducks on November 7th and the twenty-fourth –ranked Cardinals of Stanford University on November 21st.
This road schedule may be one of the most difficult in all of college football. Of course, the University of California Golden Bears will show up for every game. And, if recent history means anything, this confident squad will represent itself and its school very well.
The truth is that the Golden Bears are playing at a high level this season and, as a result, they may surprise a nationally-ranked opponent, even when the game is played away from home.
After all, in college football, good teams win wherever the games are played.
Courtesy of University of California Golden Bears