League: NCAA Football
Head Coach: Justin Wilcox
Team Mascot: Oski
Year Opened: 1923
City / State: Berkeley / California
Rivalries & Top Games to Attend
The Big Game
Rival Team: Stanford Cardinals
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. Each year the winner of The Big Game takes home the Stanford Axe, which Cal has won 46 times. If you can make it to only one Cal game, then The Big Game is the one to see.
Cal vs UCLA
Rival Team: UCLA Bruins
Cal and UCLA have been duking it out for ages to lay claim to being the best University of California system school on the gridiron. The two teams first met in 1933, which resulted in a 0-0 tie. The Golden Bears trail the all-time series 52-32-1 and will look to end the Bruins current two-game winning streak when these teams meet next.
Cal vs USC
Rival Team: USC Trojans
Cal and USC have been rivals for ages as the two schools have been in the same conference since 1922. The Trojans have gotten the better of the Golden Bears over the years, which makes it even sweeter when they topple the Trojans.