Rams to face California next season

For the first time in school history, Colorado State University's football team will face the University of California-Berkeley in a series announced by Rams' Director of Athletics Jeffrey Hathaway.

Hathaway said the agreement calls for a home-and-home series in 2007 and '08. The teams will also meet for a single game in on Sept. 6, 2003 in Berkeley.

Hathaway said next season's game, the first-ever meeting between the Rams and Bears, will take place in Berkeley and fills an immediate scheduling need. A 12-game schedule is permissible under NCAA regulations in 2003, and the Bears become Colorado State's third nonconference opponent to appear on the schedule thus far.

"We're very excited to announce the two-game series with a program that carries the prestige of the PAC-10 as well as a BCS affiliation," said Hathaway. "The single game next year fills a real scheduling need that we had. One of the challenges with a 12-game schedule is finding quality opponents on the field and for the fans. The series with California fits those needs."

The teams will meet Sept. 8, 2007, will in Berkeley, followed by Cal's return game in the series a season later.

Next season, besides the seven Mountain West Conference games, Colorado State will face the University of Colorado at INVESCO FIELD at Mile High in Denver on Aug. 30, travel to play at Cal the following week, and also play host to Fresno State University on Oct. 4 in the three nonleague games presently on the slate.

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