Look, we don’t want to get into that game from last year. It hurt too much. But, for those of you new to Cal football…When the Bears opened against the Vols in 2006, it was an unmitigated disaster. The Tennessee guys ripped us to the tune of a 35 point lead through the third quarter. Many Cal students had dreams of a championship. After that game? Ummm, not so much.So after an unbearable break from the great American sport, we face the same very orange team on opening day. Thankfully, this shot at sweet redemption is at home. Here’s what to look for.

  • The Clog sobbing uncontrollably if DeSean Jackson gets injured. 
  • No damned parking. Anywhere.
  • The Bears owning, thanks to a key difference from last year’s debacle. The underrated change is simply that we won’t have to face the brain-cramping onslaught of neon orange. This is by far the most important aspect of home field advantage against these Vols. The sight of a puke-inducing, sea of highlighter fluid-colored shirts is enough to make even the best teams screw up. It’s unfair. You’re trying to win a football game, and your brain thinks you’ve been transported to the 1970s from hell. The NCAA should make this tactic illegal.
  • Look, we don’t know about Longshore. He was inconsistent last year, and often faltered when it mattered most. But ESPN.com tells us that the pirate-named dude has improved massively. According to them, he’s an elite college quarterback. ESPN can never be wrong, so look for Nato to put up 300 yards.

The finally analysis is this: The Bears have the best player (The blur of light known as DeSean) and the better team. Last year was brutal, but we shouldn’t expect a repeat. The Vols don’t have WRs and their QB is a gimp. The Clog boldly predicts a glorious trouncing.Prediction: Bears 34, Vols 14.

The most awesome college football show is coming to Berkeley for the first time ever!

When the Cal kickoffs the 2007 season against Tennessee, not only will it be ABC’s first primetime college football game of the season, but it will also be Gameday’s first locale of the year.

The two hour-long pregame show has selected the Bears-Vols matchup for its first show of the season.

If there is ever a chance for Cal and its fans to show the country how far this program has come under uber-coach Jeff Tedford, September 1 will be that day. The campus will be on T.V. twice that day, broadcasting live to a national T.V. audience: once in the morning for Gameday and again at night for the game against Tennessee.

Oh, we can’t wait to see the feature story on some Cal player, Kirk Herbstreit’s arrogant douche-ness and Lee Corso wearing the Oski head after he picks the Bears to win (it’s almost a guarantee that Corso will pick Cal. He’s ESPN’s resident Cal lover).

So get those signs ready, and be prepared to be loud and rowdy in the wee hours of the morning. We want the country to see this (instead, it should be a sea of blue and gold, with Cal flags and rowdy frat guys drunk at 6 a.m.).

Earlier: Bears to Kickoff on Primetime

ESPN on ABC’s Saturday Night College Football will be back for a second year and California Memorial Stadium will be the site for this year’s first Saturday night event.

When Tennessee travels to Cal for the first time ever on Sept. 1, it will be shown to a national television audience on college football’s opening weekend. The game is slated to kickoff at 5:00 p.m.

When the Bears traveled to Knoxville, Tenn., last year, the game was at a pseudo-primetime slot vanquished to languish on cable TV. Yeah, sure it had a national TV audience on ESPN, but how many people have cable? Not many. Not enough.

So, this year’s matchup gets all exposure it needs and it gets all the attention from the World Wide Leader in Sports, getting to be on the big network and quite possibly (we have our fingers crossed) getting the College Gameday crew out here for that game. We would love to see Cal-lover Lee Corso don the Oski head!

What we won’t see is Robert Meachum running rough-shot through the Cal secondary. Sure Erik Ainge is still the gunslinger for the Vols, but no Meachum to make Syd’Quan Thompson look like a fool.

Hopefully what we will see is a gold blur that is DeSean Jackson running back a punt for a touchdown. That’d be awesome, and we wouldn’t want our Bears to look like a bunch of Syd’Quan Thompsons in front of a national TV audience.

Also, the perennial USC versus Cal matchup (which will be for the Pac-10 title and a trip to the Rose Bowl/BCS Title game) will also be on Saturday Night College Football.

So TWO Nationally Televised games from Berkeley – better get your game faces on, Cal fans.

Schedule to feature top matchups, conference games [ESPN]