League: NCAA Football
Head Coach: Troy Taylor
Team Mascot: none
Year Opened: 1921
City / State: Stanford / California
Rivalries & Top Games to Attend
The Big Game
Rival Team: California Golden Bears
The Stanford Cardinal have been Cal’s arch rivals since 1892 making it the oldest college football rivalry in the West. The rivalry had produced many memorable moments over the years with the most famous coming in 1982 when the Cardinal band entered the field with time left to play as Cal returned the game-winning touchdown. Stanford holds the all-time series lead is taking home the Stanford Axe in 60 of the schools’ 117 meetings. If you can make it to only one Stanford game, then The Big Game is the one to see.
Stanford vs Notre Dame
Rival Team: Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Stanford and Notre Dame first played in 1925. However, it wasn’t until fairly recently that a strong rivalry emerged between these two institutions. Things heated up in 1989 when The Legends Trophy was added in 1989, and the two schools have met every year since 1997. The Fighting Irish lead the all-time series 19-10. However the Cardinal have won five of the last seven meetings.
Stanford vs USC
Rival Team: USC Trojans
The Stanford - USC rivalry stems from the fact that these two schools are the only two private schools in the Pac-12. The rivalry dates back to 1905. However, the things didn’t kick off until 1919 when the teams began playing annually. Recently both schools have upset each other to prevent possible national championship berths with #21 Stanford taking down #2 USC in 2012, while USC beat #5 Stanford in 2013.