Now that the Washington Huskies (6-2, 4-1) have successfully bounced back after their tough overtime loss at Oregon with a workmanlike 27-13 victory over then-No. 25 Colorado, the Huskies become Road Dawgs once again as they head south to the Bay Area and Strawberry Canyon. Standing in their way of another win is the California Golden Bears (4-3, 1-3), who are looking to put back-to-back Pac-12 wins together after they crushed Oregon State in Corvallis, 49-7.
Before the loss to the Ducks, Washington had won their two Pac-12 road games, at Utah 21-7 and at UCLA 31-24. California has played two conference games at Memorial Stadium in Berkeley so far this year and have lost both of them: 42-24 to Oregon and 37-7 to UCLA.
The improving Golden Bears are ranked first in the Pac-12 in rushing offense (196.9) and passing defense (166.4). Cal last led the conference in rushing offense in 2005 and passing defense in 2011. Cal is allowing 24.0 points, 154.4 rushing yards and 166.4 passing yards per game. Those numbers are all significantly lower than the last season before head coach Justin Wilcox arrived in 2006 (42.6, 272.8, 245.4).
Here’s how you can watch or listen to No. 15/13 Washington
When: Saturday at 3:30 p.m. PT
Where: Memorial Stadium in Berkeley, Calif.
TV: FOX SPORTS 1 (FS1) – Tim Brando (play-by-play), Spencer Tillman (color) and Holly Sonders (sidelines).
Online: Any streaming service that offers FOX (Sling, YouTubeTV, Sony PlayStation Vue, Hulu, etc…), as well as FOXSportsGO.
Radio: The Washington IMG College Network, with its flagship station KOMO AM-1000 and FM- 97.7 (Seattle), will carry the live broadcast of every football game on 17 Northwest radio stations. It can also be found on the Sirius XM network on Channel 83 and also through TuneIn.com and the TuneIn phone app. Depending on area restrictions, you may be able to listen to the game via their feed on gohuskies.com. First-year play-by-play man Tony Castricone and color analyst Damon Huard are joined by sideline reporter Elise Woodward.
KOMO 1000 AM
KOMO 97.7 FM
KWOK 1490 AM
KPUG 1170 AM
KPUG 97.9 FM
KELA 1430 AM
KLOG 1490 AM
KWIQ 1020 AM
KBRC 1430 AM
KBRC 102.1 FM
KOMW 680 AM
KONP 1450 AM
KPKL 107.1 FM
KKRZ 102.3 FM
KUJ 1420 AM
KKRT 900 AM
KUTI 1460 AM
KJNO 630 AM
KIFW 1230 AM
Washington and California are the only two teams that have played in what is now the Pac-12 Conference in every season since the league was founded in 1916. As that would indicate, they’ve played one another quite often. The Huskies hold a 54-39-4 record in the all-time series, which began in 1904.
Last season, UW held Cal to 93 yards of total offense in a 33-7 win. In 2016 in Berkeley, Jake Browning threw for six TDs and 378 yards on 19-for-28 passing to lead UW to a 66-27 win. John Ross totaled 208 receiving yards and Dante Pettis added 104 more, while each scored three TDs.
In 2015 in Seattle, Cal built a 27-7 lead over the UW and then held the Huskies off for a 30-24 win. In 2014 in Berkeley, a 100-yard fumble return from Shaq Thompson and an 86-yard pass to Ross were the key plays in a 31-7 Husky win.
In 2013 in Seattle, UW earned a 41-17 victory behind 241 rushing yards from Bishop Sankey and 376 passing from Keith Price. In 2012, the UW earned a 21-13 win thanks largely to second-half TDs from Austin Seferian-Jenkins and Sankey. In 2011 in Seattle, the Huskies held on a late goal-line stand to preserve a 31-23 victory as Price threw for three TDs in the Pac-12 opener.
In 2010 in Berkeley, the Huskies beat the Bears, 16-13, on the final play of the game, a one-yard run from Chris Polk. In 2009, the Huskies closed out their season with a 42-10 win over the Bears in Seattle. Jake Locker passed for 248 yards and three TDs and rushed for 77 and two more scores.
In 2008, Cal won in Berkeley, in another season finale as Jahvid Best ran for 311 yards and four TDs in a 48-7 Bears win. In 2007, the 37-23 Husky victory broke a streak of five straight Cal wins in the series.
Prior to that five-game losing streak, the Huskies had won 19 consecutive games in the series, a streak that began with a 50-31 win in 1977. Before 2002, the last Cal win had come in 1976.
Cal and UW first met in 1904, battling to a 6-6 tie in a game played in Seattle. In both 1915 and 1916, they played one another twice each year, with unbeaten Gil Dobie’s Washington team sweeping the four games.
In 1917, Cal broke the UW’s 63-game unbeaten streak (still an NCAA record) with a 27-0 win in Berkeley. Other big games in the series include the 1937 game, when the unranked Huskies held No. 1 Cal to a 0-0 tie in Seattle.
In 1991, the Bears probably came as close as anyone to beating Washington that national championship season, as Mike Pawlawski’s last-gasp pass into the endzone was batted down in a 24-17 UW win.
Washington has also posted four of its nine biggest comebacks in history against California. The biggest ever was in 1988, when the Dawgs trailed 27-3 before rallying to win, 28-27. In 1981, Washington was down 21-0 in the third quarter before coming back for a 27-26 victory. A 20-point comeback in 1993 (24-23) and a 14-point rally in 1999 (31-27) also rank on the list. In 2001, the Huskies trailed 21-7 in the first quarter, but came back to earn a 31-28 victory in Berkeley.