Vols Season Opener Against Cal Set For National ABC Broadcast

A minimum of two California football games have been selected for broadcast on ABC/ESPN/ESPN2, the Pac-10 announced on Tuesday. Cal's home games with Tennessee (Sept. 1) and USC (Nov. 10) will be televised nationally and will kick off at 5 p.m. (Pacific), 8:00p EDT on ABC.
Four other Golden Bear games have the potential to be picked up by the network through its 12 and six-day selection slots.

In addition, the Colorado State game (Sept. 8) will be aired nationally by College Sports Television. That game will kick off at 11 a.m. (Pacific) from Fort Collins.

Game times and television information for other Golden Bear contests will be released when available.

In the first five years of head coach Jeff Tedford's tenure, 47 Cal football games have been televised; in the five years prior to that, 30 Cal games were televised. National television broadcasts have more than doubled in that time. Last year, 11 Golden Bear contest were televised. The Colorado State game will mark Cal's first game on CSTV.

The 2007 Cal season kicks off on Saturday, Sept. 1 with the Golden Bears hosting Tennessee at memorial Stadium. After the road trip to Colorado State, the Bears return home to face Louisiana Tech in another inter-sectional game. Season tickets are now available at www.CalBears.com or by calling 1-800-GO-BEARS. Single-game tickets will go on sale in June.

The telecast will kick off at 8 p.m. ET and be offered in high definition on ABC HD.

Since 1997, UT's season-opener has appeared on national television every year except 2005 when the Vols' game against UAB was broadcast regionally by Jefferson Pilot Sports. UT has won its last 12 season-openers.

Tennessee last appeared on ABC in 2003 when the 18th-ranked Volunteers defeated sixth-ranked Miami 10-6 Nov. 8. The Vols have only appeared on ABC 11 times since 1995, but Tennessee has been victorious in nine of those contests.

The Big Orange fans have traditionally traveled well to the West Coast. Tennessee expects to sell all of its 7,500 ticket allotment.

The Vols opened the 2006 season with a 35-18 win over California at Neyland Stadium.

Story Courtesy: The University Of California & UT Sports Information


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