Category Archives: Stanford

Illinois beats Stanford in 1952 Rose Bowl

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A Cardinal’s nothing but a bird

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Howell and Hutson Spark The Tide In Dazzling Aerial Show

With an astonishing total of 14 National Championships under its belt, trying to pick the “best” Alabama team is a futile exercise, as cross-era comparisons are virtually impossible. But while there’s little doubt that one of the more recent champions … Continue reading

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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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The Last Ride Of The Four Horsemen

In the early 1920s, when long distance intersectional matchups were largely restricted by the lack of rapid transportation, West Coast teams operated in what was essentially a parallel universe. Some of them, like California’s “Wonder Team” of the early 20s, … Continue reading

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Illinois beats Stanford in 1952 Rose Bowl

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