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1920 California Golden Bears football team

The 1920 California Golden Bears football team was an American football team that represented the University of California, Berkeley in the Pacific Coast Conference (PCC) during the 1920 college football season. In their fifth year under head coach Andy Smith, the team compiled a 9–0 record (3–0 against PCC opponents), shut out seven of nine opponents, won the PCC championship, defeated Ohio State in the 1921 Rose Bowl, and outscored its opponents by a combined total of 510 to 14.[1][2] The team was retroactively selected as the national champion by the College Football Researchers Association, Helms Athletic Foundation, Houlgate System, National Championship Foundation, and Jeff Sagarin.[3]

1920 California Golden Bears football
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National champion
(CFRA, Helms, Houlgate, NCF, Sagarin)
Rose Bowl champion
PCC champion
Rose Bowl, W 28–0 vs. Ohio State
ConferencePacific Coast Conference
1920 record9–0 (3–0 PCC)
Head coachAndy Smith (5th season)
Offensive schemeShort-punt
Uniform
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Seasons
← 1919
1921 →
1920 PCC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
California $ 3 0 0     9 0 0
Stanford 2 1 0     4 3 0
Oregon 1 1 1     3 2 1
Washington State 1 1 0     5 1 0
Oregon Agricultural 1 2 1     2 2 2
Washington 0 3 0     1 5 0
  • $ – Conference champion

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentSiteResult
September 25Olympic A.C.*W 21–0
October 2Mare Island Marines*
  • California Field
  • Berkeley, CA
W 88–0
October 9Saint Mary's*
  • California Field
  • Berkeley, CA
W 127–0
October 16Nevada*
  • California Field
  • Berkeley, CA
W 79–7
October 23Utah*
  • California Field
  • Berkeley, CA
W 63–0
October 30at Oregon AgriculturalW 17–7
November 6Washington State
  • California Field
  • Berkeley, CA
W 49–0
November 13Stanford
W 38–0
January 1, 1921vs. Ohio State*W 28–0
  • *Non-conference game

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "1920 California Golden Bears Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved October 21, 2016.
  2. ^ "California 2015 Football Information Guide" (PDF). CalBears.com. Cal Golden Bears Athletics. p. 162. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 26, 2016. Retrieved October 21, 2016.
  3. ^ National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) (2015). "National Poll Rankings" (PDF). NCAA Division I Football Records. NCAA. p. 108. Retrieved January 8, 2016.