Stanford Facts and Factors

You could look at this game as UCLA's biggest in eight years. Stanford currently has a 12-game home winning streak. This will be the third time UCLA and Stanford play each other in under one year. The last time UCLA was ranked this high was the last time it beat Stanford in Palo Alto. Not enough? There's quite a bit more...

• UCLA travels to Palo Alto to take on the Stanford Cardinal Saturday at 12:30 p.m. The game will be televised by either ABC or ESPN2, with Sean McDonough, Chris Spielman and Shannon Spake calling the action.

• Stanford is ranked 13th in both polls, while UCLA is #9 and #10.

• Stanford fell from #5 after its loss on the road against Utah last week, 27-21. The previous week UCLA beat Utah on the road, 34-27.

• Stanford is 5-1 with its Utah loss. It previously beat San Jose State (34-13), Army (34-20), Arizona State (42-28), Washington State (55-17) and Washington (31-28).

• It's the 85th meeting between the two schools in football, with UCLA holding the edge, 45-36-3, and the series going back to 1925. The Cardinal have won the last five in a row, but UCLA has won six of the last 12. Stanford's five-game win streak is one away from tying the all-time record for streaks between the two schools; UCLA won six straight between 1963 and 1968.

• The last time UCLA beat Stanford was in 2008, at the Rose Bowl, 25-20. The last time UCLA beat Stanford in Palo Alto was in 2007, 45-17, during Jim Harbaugh's first year at Stanford.

• This is the highest-ranked UCLA has been when facing the Cardinal since 2005, when the eighth-ranked Bruins beat Stanford in overtime, 30-27. UCLA rallied from a 24-3 deficit with just 8:26 remaining in the game to tie it in regulation when Maurice Jones-Drew scored a touchdown with 46 seconds left. Quarterback Drew Olson then connection with Brandon Breazell for a 23-yard touchdown pass in overtime to win it. At the time it was UCLA's eighth-straight win to start the season and, miraculously, the fourth double-digit, fourth-quarterback comeback of the season.

• In fact, the last time UCLA was ranked in the top ten was the week after that win over Stanford in 2005 (ranked 7th).

• UCLA has only been ranked higher than its current #9 for seven weeks in the last 15 years.

• The schools last met in last season's Pac-12 Championship Game, with Stanford winning, 27-24. UCLA looked like it had established the momentum in the second half, leading 24-17, but Stanford moved ahead 27-24 with just 2:19 remaining. UCLA took over its final possession at its own 19 yard line and drove to the Stanford 34. On 3rd and 5, Brett Hundley threw a swing pass to Jonathan Franklin that looked like it'd be good for a first down, but Franklin dropped the pass. Kai'imi Fairbairn, in the rain, then missed a 51-yarder, which would have tied up the game and sent it to overtime.

• UCLA had played its regularly-schedule game against Stanford the week before in the Rose Bowl, where it lost to the Cardinal, 35-17. It was already known that UCLA and Stanford would play each other in the Pac-12 Championship Game the next week, so there were suspicions that Jim Mora and his staff didn't fully attempt to win the game in L.A. by keeping its playbook conservative.

•If UCLA beats Stanford it will be the first time it's started a season 6-0 since 2005, when it finished 10-2. It would also give UCLA wins over two ranked opponents on the road this season, the most in a single season since 2005.

• UCLA has opened the season with five straight wins in only four of the last 25 years: 2013, 2005 (8-0), 2001 (6-0) and 1998 (10-0).

• It's the first time UCLA has been ranked in the top ten since 2005. That means it hadn't been ranked in the top ten during the course of the last two seasons under Karl Dorrell, and the four seasons under Rick Neuheisel. The Bruins were actually ranked as high as #11 in 2007 under Dorrell (before the season crashed to 6-7 and Dorrell was subsequently fired). UCLA was never ranked during Neuheisel's four-year tenure, which was the longest streak of seasons UCLA had gone without being ranked since 1938.

• Stanford is coached by David Shaw, who is in his third season at the helm on The Farm. His record in that time is 28-5, and he's led the Cardinal to a win in the Fiesta Bowl in 2011 and then last year to a Pac-12 Championship and Rose Bowl win over Wisconsin. Shaw took over from Jim Harbaugh when Harbaugh jumped to the San Francisco 49ers, and there was speculation that Shaw wouldn't be able to keep the Harbaugh momentum going, but he clearly has. You can argue that Stanford is in the midst of the most successful stint in its football history. Stanford's win over Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl was its first in the Grandaddy of Them All in over 40 years. Stanford's three-straight 11-win seasons are unprecedented in school history (the school had reached 10 wins only three times previously). It has won at least 8 games in four consecutive seasons for the first time since 1930. Shaw, a Stanford alumnus, former player and offensive coordinator, was named the 2012 Pac-12 Conference Coach of the Year, becoming only the second coach to earn the honor in consecutive seasons. He has perpetuated the tough, physical, smash-mouth style of play at Stanford established by Harbaugh. He also was a part of a bit of controversy a couple of weeks ago, when Washington Head Coach Steve Sarkisian called out Stanford in the media for faking injury in their game, and Shaw denied it and lashed back out at Sarkisian.

• Under Shaw, the Cardinal is 15-1 at home and 4-0 coming off a loss.

• Stanford has won 12 straight at home, the third longest in the nation. And it hasn't loss consecutive games in four years.

• UCLA has outscored its opponents 71-0 in the third quarter. It's the only BCS team in the nation that has shut out its opponents in the third quarter.

• UCLA started two true freshman offensive lineman (Alex Redmond and Caleb Benenoch) for the first time ever last week against Cal.

• In records dating back to 1960, no UCLA player had ever previously run for a score, thrown for a touchdown and caught a scoring pass in a single game as Brett Hundley did against Utah.

• UCLA is 6-2 in road games under Jim Mora. Last year, in Mora's first season, UCLA won the most road games (four) in a season since 2002.

• UCLA won five straight games last season -- before losing to Stanford. It then lost three straight to end the year.

• It's the first time UCLA will play the same school three times within the course of one calendar year since 1945 when, because of World War II, it played USC two times a season between 1943 and 1945.

• Last week's loss at Utah was Stanford quarterback Kevin Hogan's first as a starter after winning his first 10.

• In terms of rankings, this is the biggest game for UCLA since 2005 when #11-ranked UCLA faced #1-ranked USC.

• Stanford is currently favored by 6 points.

• The weather forecast for Saturday is perfect football weather, 75 degrees and clear skies.


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