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UCLA adds Cal and Utah to future football schedule – Daily News

UCLA quarterback Ethan Garbers and his teammates will be heading to the Big Ten Conference this fall, but the team has taken steps to rekindle two rivalries in the Pac-12 by adjusting several future schedules. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

The UCLA football program announced several changes to its future schedule on Wednesday that will revive two former rivalries in the Pac-12.

The changes – which include adding games against Cal and Utah and eliminating games against Georgia and Auburn – will affect the 2025-2030 seasons.

Utah is scheduled to return to Pasadena on August 30, 2025, before the Bruins finish the home-and-away series in Salt Lake City on September 7, 2030. The Bruins lead the overall series against the Utes 12-9.

UCLA and Cal have played each other every year since 1933, but that series ends this fall when Cal plays in the Atlantic Coast Conference while UCLA plays in the Big Ten Conference.

The rivalry nearly ended when the two teams were not scheduled to play each other in the original schedule for the pandemic-shortened 2020 season. However, when one of their respective opponents pulled out of games due to COVID-19, the same-state rivals organized a game on short notice. UCLA leads the overall standings against Cal, 57-35.

UC Davis is also scheduled to play against the Bruins as a non-conference opponent in the Rose Bowl on August 28, 2027 and September 1, 2029.

UCLA has reached mutual agreements with two Southeastern Conference teams, Georgia and Auburn, to cancel previously scheduled home and away games.

Georgia was scheduled to travel to the Rose Bowl in 2025 to play a non-conference game against the Bruins before the two teams meet in 2026.

Auburn was scheduled to attend the Rose Bowl in 2027 and host UCLA in 2028.

UCLA previously had Wisconsin as a non-conference opponent for 2029 and 2030, but those games were canceled when the Bruins joined the Big Ten. Northwestern also had an agreement for a home-and-away series with UCLA for September of the 2033 and 2034 seasons that was canceled for the same reason.

READY TO PLAY

UCLA's NIL collective Men of Westwood announced Monday that it will host an event on July 16 to celebrate the release of the video game EA Sports College Football 25.

The game will be played for the first time since 2013 and will feature 85 rosters representing the 134 teams in the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision.

“The release of this game is a huge milestone for the players who will finally be compensated for their likeness in a video game, as well as for the fans who have patiently awaited his return,” said Ken Graiwer, founder and CEO of Men of Westwood. “We couldn't let this moment pass without celebration, and this event is a great way to bring fans and the football program closer together ahead of an exciting season.”

Fans have the opportunity to purchase a ticket package that offers them the opportunity to play with current players, take photos and take a tour of the soccer facility.

All proceeds from the event will benefit NIL opportunities for players.

EA Sports has been gradually announcing various features and aspects of the game over the past few weeks, and on Wednesday announced its top 100 players in the game. A Bruin was not included on that list.

The official UCLA in-game roster or official overall ratings have not been announced, but quarterback Ethan Garbers, running back TJ Harden and receiver J. Michael Sturdivant are expected to be in the game.

Garbers was one of several college football players who first announced their participation in the game with a social media post in February. Sturdivant and Harden's likenesses were previously featured in some of the game's released trailers.

The game will be available for pre-order on July 16th and will be available to everyone with the official release on July 19th.

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