STANFORD CARDINAL VS THE CALIFORNIA GOLDEN BEARS
THE GAME: Stanford is 9-1, 5-1 in the Pac-10. The Cardinal are ranked 6th in the BCS standings, 7th in the AP poll and 8th in the USA Today/Coaches poll. The Bears are 5-5, 3-4 in the Pac-10.
WHERE/WHEN: Memorial Stadium, Berkeley, Califonia, Saturday, November 20th at 12:30pm.
TELEVISION: The game will be broadcast live on Fox Sports Net. Barry Tompkins will do play-by-play with Petros Papadakis doing color and Rebecca Haarlow on the sidelines.
RADIO: XTRA Sports 860 will carry the Stanford broadcast with Dave Flemming, Todd Husak and John Platz. KGO 810 will carry the Cal broadcast with Joe Starkey, Troy Taylor and Todd McKim.
THE SERIES: This is the 113th playing of the Big Game. Stanford leads the all-time series 55-46-11. Cal has won seven of the last eight meetings. The Bears have won the last two matchups. Stanford has not won in Berkeley since 2000.
NOT THE FINAL GAME: In years past, The Big Game was the end of the season. That has not necessarily been the case the past few years and again is not the case for either team this season. Stanford ends its season at home on November 27th. Cal will end its season the same day when they host Washington.
**At 9-1 Stanford is off to its best start since 1951. That year Stanford’s 11th game was in the Rose Bowl against Illinois. Stanford has not won 10 games since 1992.
**Stanford has won five straight games since losing to Oregon. The Cardinal have not won six straight since 1991.
**Stanford is scoring 39.8 points per game which is second in the Pac-10 and ninth nationally. Against Arizona State last week was the first time this season Stanford has not scored 30 points.
**Stanford leads the nation in third down conversion percentage: 58% (79-136)
**Stanford is outscoring its opponents 233-78 in the first half.
**Stanford has punted just 24 times this season. That is second fewest in the nation behind Boise State.
**Andrew Luck ranks first in the Pac-10 in passing efficiency and 10th in the nation.
**Sophomore running back Stepfan Taylor is 151 yards shy of 1,000 for the season.
**A total of 16 different Cardinal have scored touchdowns this season which leads the nation.
**Cal is 37-7 at home in the last 44 games at Memorial Stadium.
**Cal is 13-16 under Jeff Tedford against Top-25 teams.
**Cal needs one victory in its final two games for bowl eligibility.
**The Bears are averaging 40.4 points per game and 9.8 points allowed per game at home this season.
**Cal leads the Pac-10 in total defense, pass defense and sacks. The Bears are second in pass efficiency defense, third in run defensse and fouth in scoring defense.
**Bears running back Shane Vereen is third in the Pac-10 and tied for 10th nationally in scoring with 96 points. He has 13 rushing touchdowns and three receiving touchdowns.
**Junior quarterback Brock Mansion will make his third career start as he replaces injured senior Kevin Riley who is out for the season.