On Saturday, November 23, Stanford will host UC Berkeley for the 122nd meeting of these two Bay Area rival schools on the football field. A lot is on the line.
This year, although struggling with injuries, both teams have hopes for a postseason bowl game. But when it's Cal vs. Stanford, the ultimate prize is school pride. And of course, there's the Stanford Axe. The winner of the game gets to hold onto it as a trophy until the next meeting.
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Over the decades, students at both schools have pulled off heists of the Axe and other pranks, all in good fun. Stanford leads the series 64-46-11 and has won the last 9 match-ups. But Cal won one of the most memorable games ever in college football history in 1982, in a crazy conclusion forever known as "the Play."
To celebrate the tradition, ABC7 News invited Cal and Stanford's mascots and marching bands to join us on Midday Live for some pre-game fun.
Stanford was not able to join us, but ABC7 News anchor and UC Berkeley alumna Kristen Sze showed off her school spirit in this segment featuring Cal's mascot Oski and a battle of the bands.
He’s a 78 year old sophomore who always brings school spirit! Way to go @Oski! You nailed your appearance on @abc7newsbayarea #MiddayLive today! This alumna is proud of you! @CalAthletics @CalFootball #BigGame #BeatStanford pic.twitter.com/tdFofwuILM— Kristen Sze ABC7 (@abc7kristensze) November 22, 2019
Stanford's band on the field during "The Play" (1982) 😂 pic.twitter.com/dSGysOIQAb— ESPN College Football (@ESPNCFB) November 20, 2019
Some things never change pic.twitter.com/HOFLcrfQVh— Stanford Tree (@DaStanfordTree) November 21, 2019
What could we be bringing to The Farm? You’ll have to follow us there and see!! 👩🔬👨🔬 pic.twitter.com/MjdHaKAsFA— Cal Band (@CalBand) November 22, 2019