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BC football to open 2014 season against Riverside

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    By John Harte / Special to The Californian

    The Renegades take the field for their home opener against Mt. SAC in September 2013.

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BY JEFF EVANS Californian staff writer

Several new faces and six teams that had postseason appearances in 2013 are on Bakersfield College's 2014 football schedule.

The Renegades, who went 5-5 last season, have their season opener on Sept. 6 at Riverside City College, a program that hasn't played BC since the 1958 Shrine Potato Bowl.

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BC's 2014 football schedule

(Last season's records in parenthesis)

Sept. 6 -- at Riverside CC (10-2)*

Sept. 13 -- Golden West (9-2)*

Sept. 20 -- Long Beach (4-6)

Sept. 27 -- at Hancock (3-7)#

Oct. 4 -- Canyons (8-3)*#

Oct. 11 -- at Citrus (8-3)*

Oct. 18 -- at Moorpark (5-5)#

Oct. 25 -- Cerritos (7-4)*#

Nov. 1 -- Bye

Nov. 8 -- at Pasadena (1-9)#

Nov. 15 -- Ventura (6-5)*#

* -- 2013 postseason participant

# -- National Northern Conf. game

BC's first home game is Sept. 13 against Golden West, which went 9-2 last season for its best year in recent memory. Golden West and BC haven't met since 1987.

Starting times for BC's games have not been finalized, athletic director Sandi Taylor said Wednesday night.

"It's a great schedule, completely competitive," said BC coach Jeff Chudy. "We're facing two playoff teams right off the bat. ... Arguably, this is as strong a schedule as anyone."

BC returns to the National Northern Conference, which is unchanged from last season. The Renegades open NNC play at Allen Hancock College in Santa Maria on Sept. 27 and have their NNC home opener on Oct. 4 vs. defending conference champion College of the Canyons, which went 8-3 last year.

Other nondivision opponents are Long Beach City College (4-6 last season), which will play at BC on Sept. 20, and Citrus (8-3), which hosts BC in Glendora on Oct. 11. BC's bye is Nov. 1.

Canyons, Riverside and Golden West were three of the four state playoff qualifiers from Southern California a year ago. The fourth, which BC doesn't play this season, was eventual state champion Fullerton.

Longtime Southern California power Mt. San Antonio is not on BC's regular-season schedule. Mount San Antonio has played BC seven times in the last five seasons including regular-season non-division games the last four seasons.

"We're excited, I'm excited, our players are excited," Chudy said, who added that about 70 prospective players are participating in the early morning workout class held several days a week. "We like our guys who are here."


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