The Auburn Tigers and the California Golden Bears have scheduled a home-and-home football series for 2019 and 2020, Cal announced today.
Auburn will host the first game of the series at Jordan-Hare Stadium on Sept. 21, 2019. The Tigers will then travel to face the Golden Bears at Kabam Field at California Memorial Stadium on Sept. 19, 2020.
The 2019 game will be the first ever meeting between the two schools, which are separated by over 2,400 miles.
“Over the past several years, we have been able to add several new opponents to our schedules that we believe our fans will enjoy seeing and our team will be excited to play,” Cal Interim Director of Athletics Mike Williams said. “As a traditional power from the Southeastern Conference, Auburn certainly fits that description and provides us another opportunity to face a school with a strong national profile.”
Cal also announced today the addition of three FCS schools to their future football schedules — South Dakota on Sept. 3, 2016, Weber State on Sept. 9, 2017, and Idaho State on Sept. 15, 2018.
In addition, Cal was previously scheduled to travel to BYU on Sept. 16, 2017 to complete a home-and-home series that begins later this season (Nov. 29). Today’s release indicates that the 2017 contest in Provo has been moved to Sept. 8, 2018.
Auburn is the fourth future home-and-home series that Cal has scheduled against a team from a power five conference. The Golden Bears are also set to face Texas (2015-16), North Carolina (2017-18), and TCU (2020-21).
For Auburn, the series with Cal satisfies their strength of schedule mandate for the 2019 and 2020 seasons. The Tigers also play a home-and-home series with Clemson in 2016 and 2017.