Cal will get a crack at Mack Brown

Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller

California and Texas have signed a contract to play a home-and-home series in 2015 and 2016, with the first game scheduled for Sept. 12 in Austin.

The series also will allow Cal and Texas fans to relive the 2004 controversy when Longhorns coach Mack Brown lobbied poll voters to elevate his team over the Bears in the national rankings, and Texas ended up getting the Rose Bowl invitation that would have given the Bears their first trip since 1959.

Texas holds the all-time lead in the series, 4-0, but the teams have not played since 1970 when the Bears and Longhorns met in Austin. The first meeting in the series was also held at Texas in 1959, while Texas and Cal have also played twice in Berkeley, 1961 and 1969.

Among Cal's other non-conference games scheduled over the next several years are home-and-home series with Colorado, Ohio State and Northwestern.

The Bears will host Colorado next Sept. 11 before visiting Boulder on Sept. 10, 2011. Cal travels to Ohio State for a contest on Sept. 15, 2012, while the Buckeyes visit Berkeley on Sept. 14, 2013. The Bears are also scheduled to host Northwestern at Memorial Stadium to open the 2013 season on Aug. 31, before starting the following campaign in Evanston against the Wildcats on Aug. 30, 2014.