The games were important due to the inclusion of schools that are considered historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) in both the 1947 and 1948 games. The 1947 game featured two such schools, Wilberforce and Prairie View A&M. This was the first meeting of HBCUs in San Francisco. The 1948 game was the first inter-racial bowl game played in the United States. It featured Southern and San Francisco State.