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August 27, 2013Yesterday it was announced that BYU and Cal have scheduled a home and home starting with at Cal in 2014. While BYU fans seem to be excited about the scheduling announcement, it appears that sentiment is not shared. We spoke with Grant Marek from the Golden Bear Report who shared what BYU fans can look forward to and thoughts on the announcement.
BYU fans were very nervous going into Independence, and so scheduling quality opponents in the west is looked at very highly by BYU fans. What do Cal fans think of games scheduled with BYU?
Three reasons Cal gets jobbed on this home-and-home: 1) They'll have to play a non-conference game after an emotionally and physically draining Big Game against Stanford and against a team that isn't going to get anyone (in particular the players) fired up the same way 2013 non-conference opponents like Northwestern or Ohio State will this year, 2) it's going to be held over Thanksgiving weekend, which is going to have a major impact on fan attendance, in particular in the student section, and 3) ugh, Tom Holmoe will be there.
When visiting Cal, what are some places BYU fans should visit or see?
If you want to take in some pre- or post-game college football: Pappy's on Telegraph (biggest screen in Berkeley) or Henry's on Durant. If you want to pretend you're still in college: Kip's. If you need to calm your nerves after a loss: the Rose Garden. If you want to celebrate a win with beers: Free House on Bancroft, or Jupiter on Shattuck. If you want an ice cream sandwich and are willing to wait in line for a REALLY LONG TIME: C.R.E.A.M. Other places worth eating depending on your price range: Top Dog on Durant ($), Shen Hua on College ($$$), Chez Panisse ($$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$).
San Francisco is obviously just a BART ride away and Napa Valley less than a two-hour car ride. If you want to do the former in a non-touristy way, make a reservation at Bourbon & Branch (prohibition themed joint you need a password to get into) or Park Tavern in North Beach (American brasserie in the Italian district that's insanely good). If you want to go the latter, do Healdsburg (the town square has tons of cheap tastings and is easy to get around).
With the constant change and rumor of change within college football. If the Pac-12 expanded and Sunday play became a non issue, your opinion do you think BYU would make a good fit in the Pac-12? Why or Why not?
There are probably two dozen other teams I'd rather see the Pac-12 add than BYU to be completely honest, starting with Texas and Oklahoma who were near adds during the last expansion. Geographically I'd be OK with adding them, cuts down on travel costs, easier trip for students/fans, but in terms of building the conference and the draw of BYU, I just don't think it's there. Feels a lot like adding another Utah.