Cal to open 2016 season in Australia vs Hawaii

FILE - In this Oct. 3, 2015, file photo, California quarterback Jared Goff passes against Washington State during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Berkeley, Calif. ESPN is bringing "College GameDay" to Salt Lake City on Saturday for a showdown of the only remaining undefeated teams in the Pac-12 that few people would have predicted. No. 23 Cal and quarterback Jared Goff are 5-0 for the first time since 2007. The No. 5 Utes (5-0) are getting touted as the top team in the country. Neither team was ranked in preseason. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — California will open next season in Australia with a game against Hawaii.

The schools announced Saturday that the 2016 season will open with the Sydney College Football Cup. The game will take place at the 83,500-seat ANZ Stadium originally constructed for the 2000 Olympics.

This will be Cal’s second game ever outside the United States. The Golden Bears and Washington State played to a 17-17 tie on Nov. 28, 1987, in Tokyo.

Cal coach Sonny Dykes called it a “once in a lifetime experience.”

The game will replace a previously scheduled home contest on Sept. 3 for Cal against South Dakota. After returning from Australia, the Bears will visit San Diego State on Sept. 10.

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