When the Cal Bears and the Hawaii Warriors clash on Aug. 26, it will officially kick off the start of the highly anticipated 2016 college football season. But the game has even more significance. Headlines in the U.S. and Australia will proclaim: NCAA football: Cal vs. Hawaii first-ever college football game in Sydney. That’s right, when these two Western teams collide it’ll mark the popular American sport’s first visit to the largest city in the Land Down Under. To attend this historic game, get your tickets today!
American football, or gridiron, as it is known in Australia, is not new to Sydney and the rest of the country. The first National Football League game was played in Sydney in 1999, and various amateur leagues have been formed Down Under. But college football, wildly popular in the United States, will be making its first trip to Sydney.
The Cal–Hawaii game will be held a full six days before any other college action begins, so all eyes of the college football world will be on this unique matchup.
The Cal Golden Bears had a resurgent year in 2015, going 8-5 and defeating Air Force 55-36 in the postseason. Cal had endured three consecutive losing seasons. The Bears spent time in the top 25 a year ago, largely behind a powerful offense orchestrated by eventual No. 1 NFL draft pick, quarterback Jared Goff. The Bears were on of the top-scoring teams in the country a year ago but must replace Goff and other offensive stars this season.
The Hawaii Rainbow Warriors, meanwhile, went 3-10 last season and have suffered five straight losing seasons. Hawaii will begin the 2016 campaign with a new head coach at the helm. Nick Rolovich, former offensive coordinator at Mountain West Conference rival Nevada, will take the reins. Rolovich was a quarterback for the Warriors in the early 2000s.