Stanford: Facts and Factors

it's a big match-up this Saturday, with Pac-12 Championship Game ramifications at stake...

• The Stanford Cardinal comes to town to take on UCLA Saturday at the Rose Bowl. The game is scheduled for 3:35 and will be televised on FOX, with Gus Johnson and Charles Davis in the booth and Julie Alexandria on the sidelines.

• Stanford is 9-2 overall and 7-1 in the Pac-12. UCLA is 9-2 and 6-2 in the conference.

•Stanford is 8th in the BCS standings, and ranked 11th in both the AP and Coaches Poll.

• UCLA is 17th in the BCS, 15th in the AP and 16th in the Coaches.

• UCLA leads the all-time series, 45-34-3, which dates back to 1925. The Cardinal has won the last three, and then UCLA won five in a row previous to that.

• The Bruins lost to the Cardinal at the Rose Bowl in 2010, 35-0, but won the six games at the Rose Bowl previous to that, going back to 1998.

• That Cardinal shut-out in 2010 was the first time Stanford had shut out UCLA since 1941 (33-0).

• UCLA has won the Pac-12 South, while the Pac-12 North title is still undecided. If Stanford beats UCLA it will win the North title. It Stanford loses to the Bruins, it can still win the title if Oregon State beats Oregon.

• Scenarios: 1) If UCLA beats Stanford, and Oregon State beats Oregon, UCLA and Stanford play in the Pac-12 Championship at the Rose Bowl. 2) If UCLA beats Stanfaord, and Oregon Beats OSU, UCLA and Oregon are in the Championship game in Eugene. 3) If Stanford beats UCLA, the two teams meet for the Championship in Palo Alto.

• UCLA has played a team twice in one season a number of times in its history. The last time was in 2007, when UCLA played BYU in a non-conference game, and then at the end of the season in the Las Vegas Bowl. In 1982, UCLA faced Michigan, in Ann Arbor, and beat the Wolverines, 31-27, and then met them again in the 1983 Rose Bowl, beating them again 24-14. In 1975 UCLA lost to #2-ranked Ohio State (41-20), and then beat the #1-ranked Buckeyes in the Rose Bowl (23-10). In 1965, the Bruins lost to Michigan State (13-3), but then beat the #1 ranked Spartans in the re-match in the Rose Bowl, 14-12. In 1945 and 1943, UCLA played Cal twice both years. The 1943 season marks the only time UCLA played USC twice, in the first and last game of that season, losing both. All of the games against Cal and USC were due to World War II travel restrictions.

• UCLA has never played a team in back-to-back weeks.

• Stanford is coached by David Shaw, in his second season on The Farm. He's 20-4 at Stanford, and overall as a head football coach, having never been a head coach before Stanford. He served as Jim Harbaugh's offensive coordinator and then was promoted to head coach when Harbaugh left for the San Francisco 49ers in January of 2011. He is known for his power, pro-style offense. He actually is a Stanford alumnus, having played for Dennis Green and Bill Walsh from 1991 to 1994 as a wide receiver. Last season Shaw was just the ninth college head coach in history to post 11 or more wins in his first season. He was named Pac-12 Conference Coach of the Year in 2011.

• Stanford is facing three ranked teams in three weeks. The last time the Cardinal played three consecutive ranked opponents was in 2007, and has never defeated three in a row.

• The Cardinal has won 11 of its last 12 games in November, dating back to November 28, 2009.

• With a win Saturday, Stanford will record three straight 10-win seasons for the first time in school history.

• The Cardinal has been ranked in the AP poll for a school-record 44 consecutive weeks.

• UCLA running back Johnathan Franklin, who is already the UCLA all-time career rushing leader (4,110) is only 131 yards away from setting the all-time UCLA single season rushing record, so far having gained 1,441 in 2012, trailing just Karim Abdul-Jabbar, who ran for 1571 in 1995. Franklin is 5th on the all-time Pac-12 career rushing list. If he continues at his pace for the next three games, his 2012 season will be one of the top five best seasons ever in terms of rushing yardage in Pac-12 history.

• Current Stanford running back, senior Stepfan Taylor, is just 42 yards shy of breaking Stanford's all-time career rushing record set by Darrin Nelson (1977-81) at 4,033.

• UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley is zeroing in on some school records -- single season total offense: Hundley 3,255, record is 3,652 by Cade McNown in 1998; and single season passing yardage: Hundley 2,973, record is 3,470 by McNown in 1998. He's already set the record for the most completions in a season -- 249, breaking the previous record of 242 set by Drew Olson in 2005.

• If Jim Mora wins one more game this season, he'll have won the most games as a first-year UCLA head coach in history. Only one other head coach won 9 in his first season, Terry Donahue in 1976.

• UCLA's all-time record for most points scored in a game and biggest margin of victory was in 1954 when it beat Stanford, 72-0. UCLA set its all-time record for touchdowns in a game, with 11. It's also a Stanford record for the most points it's ever allowed in a game. In the first meeting between the two schools in 1925, however, UCLA lost to Stanford, 82-0, and Stanford set its record for most touchdown in a game, 12. It isn't the most points UCLA ever allowed in a game, though, with UCLA losing in its second season (1920) to Whittier 103-0.

• The weather forecast calls for a high of 82° on Saturday in Pasadena.

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