Stanford: Facts and Factors

UCLA goes to Palo Alto to play the Stanford Cardinal, which is experiencing one of its most successful eras in the football history...

-- UCLA travels to Palo Alto to take on the Stanford Cardinal Saturday at 7:30 p.m. The game will be televised by Fox Sports Net (Prime Ticket in the Southland), with Joel Meyers and Berian Baldinger in the booth.

-- Stanford is ranked #4/#6 in the country, and is 3-0, and 1-0 in the Pac-12 North.

-- Stanford started the season beating a common UCLA opponent, San Jose State, 57-3 (The Bruins beat the Spartans 27-17). They then traveled to Duke and beat the Blue Devils, 44-14, and then kicked off their Pac-12 schedule with a win at Arizona, 37-10.

-- The Cardinal had a bye week last week.

-- Stanford has won 11 games in a row, dating back to last season, which is the longest winning streak in the country.

-- It's Stanford's longest winning streak since it won 13 straight games since 1939-41.

-- The series between the two schools dates back to 1925, with UCLA leading, 45-33-3. The two schools have met every season since 1946.

-- Stanford has won the last two games in the series, including a 38-0 shutout of the Bruins last season at the Rose Bowl.

-- Before the last two losses, UCLA had won five in a row against the Cardinal.

-- The last time Stanford beat UCLA three in a row was in 1925-31, when they beat UCLA five in a row.

-- Stanford has now been ranked in the AP Top 10 for 11 consecutive weeks, making it the Cardinal's longest run as a Top 10 team in school history (previously it was 8 weeks in 1940).

-- Opening the season ranked in the top ten was the first time Stanford accomplished that since 1970. Being ranked pre-season #7 was the highest preseason ranking since 1950 (7th).

-- If Stanford has a winning season in 2011 it will make it three in a row, and it will be the most consecutive winning seasons since 1968-78, when the Cardinal record 11 consecutive winning seasons.

-- The Cardinal is 18-2 in its last 20 home games, dating back to the last home game in 2007. Last year, Stanford was 6-0 at home, making it their first undefeated home season since 1977.

-- Stanford has won each of its last three games coming off bye weeks, including the memorable upset of #7 Oregon, 51-42, in 2009.

-- Stanford's head coach is David Shaw, who is in his first hear at the helm, taking over from departed Jim Harbaugh in January. He was Stanford's offensive coordinator for four seasons under Harbaugh, and the Cardinal has set school scoring records in each of the past two seasons under his tutelage. A 1994 Stanford graduate,Shaw was a wide receiver under Dennis Green.

-- Stanford offered Harbaugh $3 million to stay with the program, an unprecedented number for Stanford, but Harbaugh turned it down. Shaw is reportedly paid about $1 million per year.

-- Shaw hired Pep Hamilton, the program's former wide receivers coach, to replace him as offensive coordinator, and co-defensive coordinators Derek Mason and Jason Tarver. Mason had been the defensive back coach last season, and Tarver came over from the San Francisco 49ers. Shaw hired three more new coaches in the off-season.

-- Shaw, though, made it a point to keep much of the terminology of both the offensive and defensive schemes the same as it had been under Harbaugh.

-- UCLA's Rick Neuheisel and Shaw coached together for a year with the Baltimore Ravens in 2005, when Neuheisel was the quarterbacks coach and Shaw the wide receivers coach.

-- With UCLA winning its conference opener last week against Oregon State, it has a history of going to seven straight bowl games when it opened with a win in its first conference game.

-- The Cardinal play their home games at Stanford Stadium, which seats 50,000 and had a dramatic renovation in 2006. The old, rickety stadium was demolished and replaced, costing $90 million. Interestingly, the capacity of the stadium was reduced from 85,000, a strategic decision by Stanford to boost season ticket sales and create more of an intimate playing atmosphere.

-- Stanford, during one of its best seasons ever in its history when it went 12-1 last season, only averaged 40,000 fans per home game.

The weater forecast calls for a high of 71 degrees in Palo Alto on Saturday, but considerably cooler by the 7:30 p.m. kickoff.

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