Despite just 15 miles between Haas Pavilion and McKeon Pavilion, the Golden Bears and Gaels have met just once in the last decade. That changes Saturday when the pair tip off in the first contest of the three-game Caldecott Classic series.

For the first time since 2013, California will travel to Colorado to face the Buffaloes, as the Golden Bears begin a stretch of three of the final four regular-season games on the road.

When Justin Wilcox returned to Berkeley before the 2017 season to take the reins as Cal's new head coach, he brought a well-earned reputation as a coach who hung his hat on the impact a quality defense could have on the long-term success of a football program.

A strong first half by No. 6 Washington put the Huskies in front early and the Cal football team couldn't come up with the answers it needed to stage a comeback as the Bears fell 38-7 at Husky Stadium.

California returns to the Northwest on Saturday looking for its second victory in as many trips to Washington after a 30-24 victory over the Huskies the last time the Golden Bears visited Seattle on Sept. 26, 2015.