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Cal Bears Football Schedule: Road Games Against Ohio State, USC Headline Tough Slate

Previewing the Cal Bears schedule for the 2012 season.

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The California Golden Bears were not ranked in the Associated Press' preseason top 25 poll as it was released on Saturday, but quite a few of the teams they'll face this season were. Let's examine the Bears schedule and where they could look to pull an upset or two this year.

Here is the full schedule for the 2012 season.

9/1 - Nevada
9/8 - Southern Utah
9/15 - @ #18 Ohio State
9/22 - @ #1 USC
9/29 - Arizona State
10/6 - UCLA
10/13 - @ Washington State
10/20 - #21 Stanford
10/27 - @ Utah
11/2 - Washington
11/10 - #5 Oregon
11/17 - @ Oregon State

That is a brutal stretch in the middle of September, hitting the road twice to face two of the nation's better programs. There is a lot of uncertainty surrounding the Buckeyes in Urban Meyer's first season, but the Trojans appear to be as solid as they come.

The annual rivalry game with Stanford figures to be a great one. The Oregon Ducks could be in the hunt for a national championship late in the season and the Bears will have a great opportunity to play the role of spoiler on Nov. 10.

For more on the Bears, check out California Golden Blogs.