Cal makes 2011 schedule official

California has -- finally -- made its 2011 schedule official, and it does, indeed, feature a battle with the Blue Hose and a conference game that isn't a conference game.

The Bears will travel to new Pac-12 foe Colorado for a nonconference game on Sept. 10, which will conclude a home-and-home series with the Buffaloes. The teams played last fall at Memorial Stadium, with Cal winning, 52-7, to improve its series lead to 3-2.

Cal will then host the Presbyterian Blue Hose, an FCS team, on Sept. 17, in the first of five home games scheduled for San Francisco’s AT&T Park.

“We are pleased to have filled the remaining open dates in our schedule for the 2011 football season,” deputy athletic director Steve Holton said in a statement. “The scheduling process was complicated with the changes brought about by the conference expanding to 12 teams and the limited dates available at AT&T Park due to the San Francisco Giants’ schedule, but we’re happy we can announce that the schedule is now complete.”

Prior to playing the two contests announced Thursday, Cal will open its 2011 season with a nonconference, neutral-site game against Fresno State at Candlestick Park in San Francisco on Saturday, Sept. 3.

Cal’s nine contests in the newly realigned Pac-12 include matchups with fellow North Division members Oregon, Oregon State, Stanford, Washington and Washington State, as well as South Division schools Arizona State, UCLA, USC and Utah. The Bears will not play South Division member Arizona in 2011 and its contest against Colorado will be a non-conference event.

Colorado and Utah officially will join the conference on July 1.