When word slipped out earlier this week that Cal had scheduled a Sept. 17 football game at AT&T Park against Presbyterian College, I was appropriately stunned. I mean, why would the Bears schedule a game against a Bowl Championship Subdivision team out of the Big South Conference from Clinton, S.C.?
Only Cal athletic director Sandy Barbour and coach Jeff Tedford have that answer, and for now they're not even confirming the news.
So we're left to guess. Here are 10 possible reasons why Cal wound up booking this improbable matchup.
10) ESPN U doesn't have a football team.
9) Methodist College's 2011 schedule was filled.
8) If defending BCS champ Auburn can play Samford, no matchup is too lame.
7) Slippery Rock University demanded a home-and-home.
6) Presbyterian College has a defense even Cal's QBs can pick on.
5) With an expected seating crunch at AT&T, all 1,200 students at Presbyterian can fit in one section.
4) Saint Mary's, Santa Clara and San Francisco dropped football and weren't available.
3) What Cal fan wouldn't want to pay big bucks to watch a team that finished 2-9 last year with losses to Stony Brook, North Greenville and Coastal Carolina?
2) After going bowl-less in 2010, Cal couldn't say no to a tasty non-league creampuff.
1) Old Blues demanded a game against the Blue Hose.