The 1919 college football season was a landmark year, with no clear champion declared by the NCAA Division I Official Football Records Center. Harvard, Illinois, Notre Dame, and Texas A&M were all crowned national champions by top coaches. The Woody Wilson Track is located in the stadium and is home to the UC Davis Aggies track team. The San Francisco State Gators and the Aggies first faced off in 1937 in San Francisco, California, with the Cal Aggies of the North Branch emerging victorious 13-7.The two teams met for the last time in 1994, shortly before the state of San Francisco suspended its soccer program in 1995. Under head coach Bob Sochor, the Aggies went on to win 3 of their 5 bowl games: the 1982 Palm Bowl in McAllen, Texas for the NCAA Division II soccer national championship against Southwest Texas State; the 1977 Rocket Bowl for the semifinal of the 1977 NCAA Division II football season; and the 1972 Boardwalk Bowl. The UC Davis Aggies football team has been playing since 1915, with only two exceptions: 1918 during World War I and from 1943 to 1945 during World War II when the campus was closed. The Aggies have a long-standing rivalry with Chico State that began in 1922 and lasted until 1997 when Chico State suspended its soccer program.
The only other college football program in NCAA history with a longer streak is Mount Union College. In 2004, UC Davis promoted its soccer program to the FCS level of Division I (then I-AA) and joined the Great West Conference (then known as the Great West Football Conference) after a season as an independent team with exploratory status. This was also when they achieved their first win over a Division I-A team since 1986 against the Pacific Tigers and their first against a Pac-10 team in 65 years. The Cal Poly Mustangs are another rival of UC Davis; these teams compete each year in the Battle for the Golden Horseshoe, with the winner receiving a trophy of a large golden horseshoe.