Game Day Central: Cal vs. Texas

AUSTIN, Tex. -- Cal squares off with Charlie Strong and Texas, featuring redshirt freshman quarterback Jerrod Heard and new play caller Jay Norvell. Get all the latest vital information -- and a few fun facts -- in our Game Day Central.

Game Day Central: California vs. Texas


When: 4:30 p.m. Pacific, Sat., Sept. 19
Where: Darrell K Royal - Texas Memorial Stadium
Weekly Preview Presser: Message Board Thread
TV: FOX - Gus Johnson (Play-by-Play), Joel Klatt (Analyst), Molly McGrath (Sideline)
Radio: KGO 810 AM - Joe Starkey (Play-by-Play), former Cal QB Mike Pawlawski (Analyst), Todd McKim (Sideline)
SiriusXM Satellite Radio: Sirius (118) and XM (202), Internet (969)
Series History: Texas leads, 5-0
Last Meeting: Texas 21, Cal 10 (Dec. 28, 2011 -- Holiday Bowl)
First Meeting: at Texas 33, Cal 0 (Oct. 3, 1959)
Injuries: S Griffin Piatt (doubtful, knee), LB Aisea Tongilava (broken toe, out), Matthew Rockett (doubtful, knee), Jack Austin (out, foot), Daniel Lasco (questionable, hip)
Fun Facts: "The Eyes of Texas," the Texas fight song, sung to the tune of "I've Been Working on the Railroad," debuted as part of a minstrel show which included blackface ... Cal's recruiting class is currently ranked No. 29, and Texas's is ranked No. 39.
Don't Call it An Upset: Cal is favored by a touchdown, and Texas is second-to-last in the Football Bowl Subdivision in total offensive yards, so while the Longhorns have had a much better past decade than the Golden Bears ("You have to respect any team that's won a national title in the last 10 years," says Cal quarterback Jared Goff), it won't be a shock if Cal moves to 3-0 on the season headed into Seattle to face Washington next week.

Beyond simple victory, one Cal alum -- and one very prominent Texas alum -- have something at stake based on the outcome of Saturday's game. Find out just what that wager means HERE.

Cal went from merely 1.5-point favorites to 7-point favorites in just a few hours. Why did that happen?

With Lasco likely out, Cal will start another Texas native in tailback Vic Enwere, who's a load to tackle. Find out his story in our weekly feature.

Get all the latest in our comprehensive preview of the biggest game of the season right here.

What was Cal head coach Sonny Dykes doing at the 2005 Rose Bowl? Find out HERE.

Will Cal mess with Texas? Can the Bears come out on top? Find out in our weekly prediction.

The Bears added three early signees in the past two weeks, including two this week. Check out our story on Jordan Duncan right HERE, and our story on Jake Curhan right HERE.

The Bears had a host of SoCal visitors at Memorial last weekend, and one four star amongst them has just started getting attention from Cal. Find out what he had to say.

Key Match-Up: Cal vs. Texas Offense

Special teams could very well be key to this game. Find out just how crucial they'll be HERE.

We went Behind Enemy Lines with publisher Will Wilkerson on a VERY special edition of the Bear Republic Podcast, and he gave us a tip about Texas's defense that you'll need to hear before opening kickoff, plus a look at the Longhorns' underperforming defensive line.

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