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Opponent Links: Week 1, Cal

Get through these last 36 hours before Northwestern's season opener by reading up on their opponent, the Cal Golden Bears.

Paul Myerberg of USA Today previews the Cal football team, listing them at No. 95 of the 125 teams.

A true freshman won the starting quarterback job for Cal. Jeff Faraudo of the San Jose Mercury News tells the story of Jared Goff’s rise to the top.

Bill Connelly of SBNation breaks down Cal’s transition to a new head coach as well as other big transitions for the team this season.

David Bush of SFGate takes a look back at the last time Northwestern and Cal met: the 1949 Rose Bowl.

Michael Rosen of The Daily Californian thinks new Cal coach Sonny Dykes is a great fit for the Golden Bears.

Take a look at our preview of Cal from earlier this summer, as well as our profile of Cal’s new “Bear Raid” offense.