|1981 California Golden Bears football|
|1981 record||2–9 (2–6 Pac-10)|
|Head coach||Roger Theder (4th season)|
|Home stadium||California Memorial Stadium|
|1981 Pacific-10 football standings|
|#10 Washington †||6||–||2||–||0||10||–||2||–||0|
|#16 Arizona State||5||–||2||–||0||9||–||2||–||0|
|† – Conference champion |
Rankings from AP Poll
The 1981 California Golden Bears football team was an American football team that represented the University of California, Berkeley during the 1981 NCAA Division I-A football season. Under head coach Roger Theder, the team compiled an overall record of 2–9 and 2–6 in conference.
|September 5||Texas A&M*||L 28–29||–|
|September 12||at No. 6 Georgia*||L 13–27||79,400|
|September 19||at Arizona||W 14–13||40,096|
|September 26||San Jose State*||L 24–27||–|
|October 10||Washington||L 26–27||33,600|
|October 17||at No. 17 Arizona State||L 17–45||–|
|October 24||at UCLA||L 6–34||41,637|
|October 31||Oregon State||W 45–3||25,000|
|November 7||No. 3 USC||L 3–21||74,000|
|November 14||at No. 17 Washington State||L 0–9||31,000|
|November 21||at Stanford||L 21–42||84,536|
- "1981 California Golden Bears Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/schools/california/1981-schedule.html. Retrieved October 21, 2016.
- "California 2015 Football Information Guide". Cal Golden Bears Athletics. p. 166. Archived from the original on October 26, 2016. https://web.archive.org/web/20161026170757/https://admin.xosn.com/attachments1/423534.pdf. Retrieved October 21, 2016.
- Arizona Football 2016 Media Guide. University of Arizona. p. 107. http://sidearm.sites.s3.amazonaws.com/arizona.sidearmsports.com/documents/2016/8/24/2016_Arizona_FB_Media_Guide.pdf.
- 2017 Washington Football Information. University of Washington Athletics. p. 198. http://gohuskies.com/documents/2017/7/24/2017_FB_Guide.pdf.
- "Year-By-Year Results". 2017 Oregon State Football Media Guide Football. Oregon State Athletics. p. 170. http://osubeavers.com/documents/2017/8/1//Section_9_Year_by_Year_Results.pdf?id=7597.
- USC Football 2017 Media Guide. University of Southern California Athletics. p. 70. http://usctrojans.com/documents/2017/7/25/2017_USC_Football_Media_Guide.pdf.
- '16 Cougar Football. Washington State University Athletics. p. 81. http://www.wsucougars.com/documents/2016/8/25/2016_Football_Media_Guide_Color.pdf.
- 2015 Football Information Guide. Cal Athletics. 2015. p. 166. Archived from the original on 2016-10-26. https://web.archive.org/web/20161026170757/https://admin.xosn.com/attachments1/423534.pdf.
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