Bakersfield College football will hit the road to play Saddleback in the Patriotic Bowl on Saturday, Nov. 17. The game will kickoff on at 5 p.m. at Mission Viejo High School.
Bakersfield College and the Southern California Football Association originally announced that BC would host the game, despite the Renegades being the lower seed. A conflict likely stemmed from Saddleback's stadium being under construction and the Gauchos playing all their games this season at Mission Viejo. BC was going to host the game at 5 p.m. at Memorial Stadium, but that plan was scrapped.
The Renegades (6-4, 3-2 National Northern) finished the regular season with a 42-30 loss to undefeated College of the Canyons but did enough throughout the year to earn a postseason game. Their lone win against a National League team with a winning record was a five-point victory over El Camino (8-2, 5-0 National Central) on Sept. 8.
Saddleback (6-4, 4-1 National Southern), like BC, ended its regular season with a loss to an undefeated opponent. The Gauchos fell to Riverside, 28-7. Saddleback has quality wins over Southwestern and Golden West, both in the Southern League.
The Renegades are the No. 9 seed and Saddleback is the No. 6 seed.
BC played in the Patriotic Bowl last season, falling to Long Beach City College on the road, 37-10.