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Blue-Green Rivalry

Cal Poly vs. UC Santa Barbara

The Blue-Green Rivalry between Central California coastal rivals Cal Poly and UC Santa Barbara was established in the fall of 2012.

UCSB and Cal Poly first met on the football field in 1921 and became strong rivals years later when they were both members of the California Collegiate Athletic Association.  The Gaucho programs jumped to NCAA Division I in 1970 and the rivalry took a hiatus until the Mustangs took the Division I step in 1994, joining the Big West Conference two years later.

The rest is history.

“This is a healthy rivalry with high academics and incredible student-athletes,” said then-UCSB Director of Athletics Mark Massari at the time of the launch of the Blue-Green Rivalry.  “The Gauchos are excited to compete against the Mustangs and showcase what is great about our two universities. 

"Cal Poly is delighted to formalize our partnership with UC Santa Barbara," said Cal Poly Director of Athletics Don Oberhelman. "We have competed against one another for decades, and there are many homes on the central coast with alumni from both institutions. We are both very competitive NCAA Division I programs and are nationally recognized academically. I hope the Blue-Green Rivalry is something everyone will enjoy."

UCSB and Cal Poly, combined, have more than 40,000 students as well as 20,000 faculty and staff.  Thousands of alums from each school still call the central and south coasts home. 

Famous Cal Poly alums include: legendary Super Bowl-winning coach of the Oakland Raiders and television announcer John Madden, MLB Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith, Chief Technology Officer of Yahoo! Farzad Nazem, and Apple’s Senior VP and CFO Peter Oppenheimer. 

Famous UCSB alums include: Grammy-nominated musician Jack Johnson, Academy Award-winning actor Michael Douglas, six-time MLB All-Star and MLB Man of the Year Michael Young, Oracle Chairman Jeff Henley, and syndicated sports talk show host Jim Rome.

Student-athletes from UCSB and Cal Poly will decide on a Blue-Green Rivalry trophy and in the future, the rivalry is expected to have a presenting sponsor.

The winner of every regular season competition in all head-to-head competitions will earn a point for its school  The only sport which will result in a point earned based on the finish at the Big West Conference championship is men's golf.

2019-20 Blue-Green Rivalry Schedule

Date Sport Result Rivalry Score
August 31 Men's Cross Country Cal Poly 28-29 Cal Poly 1-0
August 31 Women's Cross Country Cal Poly 18-41 Cal Poly 2-0
Oct. 5 Men's Soccer UCSB 3-1 Cal Poly 2-1
Oct. 19 Women's Volleyball UCSB 3-1 Tied 2-2
Oct. 20 Women's Soccer 2-2 Draw Tied 2-2-1
Oct. 26 Men's Swimming and Diving UCSB 154-140 UCSB 3-2-1
Oct. 26 Women's Swimming and Diving UCSB 154-140 UCSB 4-2-1
Nov. 2 Men's Soccer UCSB 2-0 UCSB 5-2-1
Nov. 9 Women's Volleyball Cal Poly 3-0 UCSB 5-3-1
Jan. 8 Men's Basketball UCSB 63-45 UCSB 6-3-1
Jan. 11 Women's Basketball UCSB 52-50 UCSB 7-3-1
Feb. 1 Men's Swimming and Diving UCSB 163-99 UCSB 8-3-1
Feb. 1 Women's Swimming and Diving UCSB 164-90 UCSB 9-3-1
Feb. 26 Women's Basketball Cal Poly 56-52 UCSB 9-4-1
March 7 Men's Basketball UCSB 69-67 UCSB 10-4-1
April 10 Softball    
April 10 Softball    
April 11 Softball    
April 17 Baseball    
April 18 Women's Tennis    
April 18 Men's Tennis    
April 18 Baseball    
April 19 Baseball    
April 28 Men's Golf    
May 2 Men's Track and Field    
May 2 Women's Track and Field    

Previous winners:
   2011-12 -- UC Santa Barbara 14, Cal Poly 12
   2012-13 -- UC Santa Barbara 15, Cal Poly 14
   2013-14 -- UC Santa Barbara 13, Cal Poly 12
   2014-15 -- UC Santa Barbara 18, Cal Poly 11
   2015-16 -- UC Santa Barbara 15, Cal Poly 10 (one tie)
   2016-17 -- UC Santa Barbara 14, Cal Poly 10 (two ties)
   2017-18 -- UC Santa Barbara 13, Cal Poly 11 (two ties)
   2018-19 -- UC Santa Barbara 15, Cal Poly 10 (one tie)