California has agreed to two-game series with both North Carolina and TCU, marking the first time the Golden Bears football program will face either school.
Cal will travel to Chapel Hill, N.C., to face the Tar Heels on Sept. 2, 2017, while North Carolina will visit Berkeley on Sept. 1, 2018. The Bears-Horned Frogs series begins when TCU come to Berkeley on Sept. 5, 2020, and Cal will play the return game on Sept. 11, 2021, in Ft. Worth, Texas.
“We are excited to be able to add a pair of quality opponents to our upcoming football schedule,” Interim Director of Athletics Mike Williams said in a statement. “We want to provide our student-athletes with the opportunity to play teams that compete on a high level nationally, and both North Carolina and TCU fit that objective. We also believe our fans will appreciate being able to see new opponents visit Berkeley where we can showcase the campus and California Memorial Stadium.”
Other than a two-game series against Maryland in 2008 and 2009, the deal between the Bears and Tar Heels will mark the first time since Cal played Duke in 1963 that the Bears will play a team from the ACC while that team is a member of that conference at the time of the game during the regular season.
North Carolina has participated in 30 postseason bowls in its history, most recently defeating Cincinnati, 39-17, in the 2013 Belk Bowl to complete a 7-6 campaign.
TCU has won at least 10 games eight times since 2001 under head coach Gary Patterson, winning five conference titles. The Horned Frogs have been to 11 bowls during that span, including the Fiesta Bowl in 2009 and the Rose Bowl in 2010.
Among other non-conference opponents on Cal’s upcoming schedules are Texas and San Diego State, both for the 2015 and 2016 campaigns. Next fall, San Diego State will come to California Memorial Stadium on Sept. 12, while the Bears will visit Texas on Sept. 19. In 2016, the Longhorns will make their first trip to Berkeley since 1969 and the Bears will take on the Aztecs in San Diego. Cal will also host Grambling State on Sept. 5 next year to complete the Bears’ 2015 non-conference slate.
The complete 2015 Cal football schedule is expected to be announced by the Pac-12 in January.