Category Archives: California

A Cardinal’s nothing but a bird

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1925 “Big Game” — Rip Van Cardinal Finally Wakes Up

As we noted a few weeks ago in our account of the Cal Stadium dedication game, the California Golden Bears were truly the “wonder team” of the early 1920s, going unbeaten for five straight seasons between 1920 and 1924 and … Continue reading

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A Wonder Team Gets A New Playpen

Long before Bud Wilkinson’s Oklahoma teams ran off their record-breaking 47 straight wins in the 1950s, the longest reign of Division I terror was that of Andy Smith’s California “wonder teams” of 1920-25. Between a loss to Washington at the … Continue reading

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When The Wildcats From Evanston (Not Lexington) Were Kings For A Day

If there’s ever been a football program in the past 50 years that’s had a Rodney Dangerfield “no respect” problem, it’s the Purple People from Evanston. The Wildcats were once perennial proud contenders in the Big Ten Conference, feared from … Continue reading

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California overcomes Santa Clara

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A Cardinal ain’t nothing but a bird

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The 1925 “Big Game” — Rip Van Cardinal Finally Wakes Up

As we noted a few weeks ago in our account of the Cal Stadium dedication game, the California Golden Bears were truly the “wonder team” of the early 1920s, going unbeaten for five straight seasons between 1920 and 1924 and … Continue reading

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