Nov. 14, 2010
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The Stanford Cardinal (9-1, 6-1 Pac-10), ranked No. 7 in this week's AP poll and No. 8 in the USA Today/Coaches Poll, will face the California Golden Bears (5-5, 3-4 Pac-10) in the 113th Big Game on Saturday. Kickoff is set for 12:30 p.m. at Memorial Stadium (71,799) in Berkeley. Stanford, winners of five straight and off to its best start since 1951, is coming off a 17-13 victory at Arizona State, while Cal fell at home to top-ranked Oregon, 15-13.
Saturday's Big Game will be carried live on Fox Sports Net, with Barry Tompkins (play-by-play), Petros Papadakis (analyst), and Rebecca Haarlow (sidelines) calling the action.
Saturday's Stanford-Cal game will be carried live on XTRA Sports 860 AM with Dave Flemming (play-by-play), former Stanford quarterback Todd Husak (analysis) and John Platz (sidelines) handling the broadcast duties. All broadcasts begin one hour prior to kickoff with the Cardinal Tailgate Show and will conclude with the Cardinal Locker Room Report following the game. Stanford student station KZSU will also broadcast Saturday's game live.
In a series that dates back to 1892, Stanford leads the all-time series with California, 55-46-11. Cal has had the upperhand in the series since 2002, winning seven out of the last eight meetings, including last year's game at Stanford, 34-28. The two teams last met in Berkeley in 2008, with Cal coming out on top, 37-16. Stanford has dropped its last four games against Cal in Berkeley, with its last win coming in 2000, 36-30 in overtime. Prior to Cal's recent success in the series, Stanford had won seven straight Big Games from 1995-2001 and held a 14-3-1 advantage in the series from 1984-2001.
- Are 9-1 on the season after defeating Arizona State, 17-13 last Saturday in Tempe...are off to its best start since 1951, when Stanford took a 9-1 record into the Rose Bowl against Illinois...the nine wins are the most since the 2001 team finished with a 9-3 record....last won 10 games in 1992.
- Have won five straight since losing to Oregon, 52-31 on Oct. 2...the five-game winning streak is the longest since 1996, when Stanford won its last four regular season games before defeating Michigan State in the Sun Bowl...last won six in a row in 1991.
- Are ranked No. 7 this week in the AP Top-25 poll and No. 8 in the USA Today Coaches poll...check in at No.6 in this week's Bowl Championship Series (BCS) standings...marks Stanford's highest AP ranking since 1970 when it was ranked sixth.
- Stanford has dropped seven out of the last eight games to Cal, including the last four in Berkeley.
- Are 4-1 on the road this season, posting two shutouts against UCLA (35-0) and Washington (41-0)...excluding the loss at Oregon, have allowed just three offensive TDs (at Notre Dame) in its four other road contests.
- Scored a season low 17 points against Arizona State but are still averaging 39.80 points a game, which ranks second in the Pac-10 and ninth nationally...have scored 30 or more points in nine of 10 games this season...have scored 398 points this season, which is the fourth highest single-season total in school history.
- Lead the nation in third down conversion percentage (58.09; 79-136) and rank 11th nationally in first downs (24.90).
- Outscoring opponents 233-78 in the first half, including 121-34 in the first quarter...were a fast starting team last year, as well, outscoring opponents 267-156 in the first half...have not trailed at halftime this year.
- Have allowed just 30 points in the last three games, which are the fewest points given up by Stanford in a three-game stretch since the last three games of the 1992 season (27).
- Rank fourth in the Pac-10 in total defense (332.5), third in scoring defense (20.0) and pass defense (199.7).
- Stanford has punted just 24 times this season, the second fewest attempts in the nation behind Boise State (22).
- Heisman Trophy and Davey O'Brien Award candidate Andrew Luck ranks first in the the Pac-10 and 10th nationally in passing efficiency at 159.71...he also ranks first in the conference and 16th nationally in total offense (288.4)...Stanford is 17-5 over the last two seasons with Luck as its starting quarterback.
- Sophomore running back Stepfan Taylor ranks fifth in the conference in rushing average (84.90)...needs 151 more yards to reach the 1,000 mark...
- A total of 16 different Stanford players have scored TDs this season, which is tops in the nation, along with Central Florida and Utah.