SAN FRANCISCO — San Jose State opens training camp Thursday, and Cal starts early next week. But Stanford must wait until Aug. 11 before taking the field.

The Cardinal is one of the last teams in the nation to start camp because it's one of the last to start the regular season.

It opens against San Jose State on Sept. 7, one week later than most teams.

The Week 1 bye is the result of a confluence of factors, including the lack of scheduling flexibility created by the end-of-season matchup with Notre Dame.

Being one of the last teams to open the regular season doesn't bother coach David Shaw.

"There are pluses and minuses,'' Shaw said Monday at Bay Area football media day. "You'd love to work a bye into the schedule (during the season). But we can see San Jose State play; we can see other teams play.

"It's good to watch and see good teams struggle. They make early-season mistakes, and then you can learn from those mistakes.''

The event was sponsored by the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl, which will match a Pac-12 team against BYU on Dec. 27 at AT&T Park.



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