With its inaugural season in 1886, Cal Football has compiled an impressive .559 winning percentage over the course of its 127 years of existence. Cal has won 5 national championships over its history and has competed in over 20 bowl games. Cal football is known for its “Big Game” which is a college football game against the Stanford Cardinals, the Berkeley's rival school. The winner of the game receives the Stanford Axe. With 115 meetings so far, dating back to 1892, the rivalry between the two teams continues to grow. Cal is currently undergoing a rebuilding process, which began with the acquisition of head coach Sonny Dykes and his air raid offense scheme.
Many Cal football alumni have gone on to successful careers in professional sports. Today there are over forty alumni from Cal Football playing in the NFL, the most prominent being former MVP Aaron Rodgers and future hall of famer Tony Gonzalez.