A preview of the 2022 Causeway Classic

Time to call an audible for your weekend plans.

Sac state football players celebrate following the 2019 Causeway Classic

Sac State’s 2019 Causeway Classic win also helped them secure a Big Sky Conference Championship.

Photo via Flickr by Sacramento State/Jessica Vernone

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There is nothing better in college football than a good old-fashioned rivalry. The spirit of passionate students screaming in pride from the stands following an early afternoon of tailgating (and all its associated activities) just gets us so amped.

Today, we wanted to prepare you for our region’s rivalry: The Causeway Classic between Sac State and UC Davis, which kicks off this Saturday, Nov. 19, at 2 p.m. at Sacramento State.

🏈 The history

First squaring off on Oct. 9, 1954, the two teams have faced each other 68 times, with UC Davis taking home the victory 46 times. Named after the Yolo Causeway that connects the two cities, the winner takes possession of a unique trophy — one made from a concrete core sample of the road.

🏈 The Hornets

Sac State comes into the game ranked No. 2 in the FCS Coaches Poll behind their 10-0 record — tying the most wins in a season for the program. The team hopes to continue their undefeated season as they vie for a back-to-back Big Sky Conference Championship win and an automatic bid into the FCS playoffs. The Hornets two-quarterback offense appears unconventional, but has led to some highlight reel moments.

🏈 The Aggies

Don’t let UC Davis’ lack of a ranking fool you — three of the team’s four losses have come against Top 10 opponents, including a two-point loss to No. 1 South Dakota State. Led by the school’s all-time rushing and scoring leader, Ulonzo Gilliam Jr., the Aggies have won five straight games following a 1-4 start and are looking to play spoiler to the Hornets while trying to keep their playoff hopes alive.

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