It’s difficult to say who has had a more disappointing regular season, California or Oregon, and it probably depends on which fan base you ask.
Cal sits at 1-11 – with their lone victory over FCS Portland State – and 0-9 in the Pac-12 under first-year head coach Sonny Dykes. Oregon sits at 9-2 overall and 7-2 in the Pac-12 – their National Title and Rose Bowl hopes dashed in recent weeks.
There is some good news – albeit small — in Golden Bears’ and Ducks’ land though: the two teams will play the first-ever college game at the San Francisco 49ers’ new home, Levi’s Stadium, on October 24th next year, according to Jeff Faraudo of the San Jose Mercury News.
Levi’s Stadium will seat roughly 68,500 spectators and cost some $1.2 billion to construct and was recently named the host of Super Bowl L in 2016.
Cal, at least, is excited for the opportunity.
“Playing the first college football game at Levi’s Stadium provides an exceptional opportunity for our student-athletes, alumni, students and fans to be some of the first to experience the new venue, one that will soon play host to a Super Bowl,” Cal athletic director Sandy Barbour said in a statement.
“I know that our players will embrace the chance to play Oregon at Levi’s Stadium next fall, and I’m sure our fans will create a great atmosphere for our team,” Cal coach Sonny Dykes said. “This is a special opportunity to play in a stadium where the Super Bowl will be held in the near future and one that we feel can generate a tremendous overall experience for everyone involved.” [San Jose Mercury News]