This week marks the 116th (Big Game) matchup between the Stanford Cardinals ( Todd Ramsey ) (9-1; 8-0) and the California Golden Bears (7-3; (6-2). This is the 10th oldest rivalry in college football and it dates back all the way to 1892. The Cardinals came away with a 14-10 victory. The Cardinals have the most wins in the series with 58 and Cal has 46 and the two teams have finished in a tie 11 times. The winner of the game receives the Axe trophy. This trophy was first awarded in 1933 and the Cardinals won that game (7 to 3). The most memorable game happened in 1982. This is the game, that gave us "the play" Here is "the play"---> The Cal Golden Bears were able to win the game 25-20 (John Elway was the quarterback for Stanford). In 1988, a fraternity from Cal (Theta Chi Fraternity) stole the Stanford Tree. It was such a big deal that a $5,000 reward was offered if given back. Once it was returned the Tree was then shredded by Stanford (due to contamination). lol I would also like to note that back in 1970. The Cardinals had a quarterback (Jim Plunkett) as a heisman candidate but the Golden Bears came away with the upset (22-14). This year the Cardinals have a QB (Kevin Hogan) in the top five and will be huge (massive) favorites to win this game. One last note about this rivalry and it has to due with Rugby. Yes, I meant to say rugby. Starting in 1905 and all the way through 1914, both schools dropped the football game for rugby. In the nine match ups, the Cardinals held a 5-3-1 record. The two schools still play rugby and the winner is awarded the "Scrum Axe". This was just a quick briefing of the history for one of college footballs greatest rivalries. The Cardinals already have the North division wrapped up. But, they also sit at numbers three in the BCS standings. The Golden Bears have exceed all expectations and sit at number two in the North. They might not have a shot at playing for a Pac-12 crown but they can crush the hopes and dreams of a berth in the National Championship game of their biggest rival. This series has been lopsided in recent times but the new regime in Cal (John Hevesy) has the Golden Bears headed in the right direction and this rivalry will be in the forefront of the national stage!