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Game Week: Stanford Facts and Factors

Oct. 12 -- Stanford definitely has UCLA's number recently, having won seven straight against the Bruins...

• UCLA travels up to Palo Alto to take on Stanford Thursday night.  The game kicks off at 7:30 PT and will be televised by ESPN.

• UCLA (4-1, 1-1 Pac-12 South) is ranked #18 in both polls while Stanford (4-1, 3-0 Pac-12 North) is #15 and #16.

• It’s the 87th all-time meeting between the two schools, with UCLA holding the edge 48-38-3. 

• Stanford, though, has been making up some considerable ground in recent years against UCLA.  It boasts seven straight wins against the Bruins, which is the longest win streak in the series.  It’s the longest active win streak for Stanford against any opponent (tied for seven against Washington State).

• Stanford has won the last four straight games between the two schools in Palo Alto. 

• Before Stanford’s most recent seven-game winning streak, UCLA won the previous five meetings in a row.  The last win came in 2008 at the Rose Bowl. 

• With the exception of World War II, UCLA and Stanford have met in every season since 1925, and 71 times in the last 70 years (twice in 2012).

• UCLA has set a school record for winning 12 straight games away from the Rose Bowl.

• UCLA has had some pretty demoralizing recent losses against Stanford.  There was the two back-to-back losses in 2012, one of those being in the Pac-12 Championship. There was last year’s devastating loss when UCLA was a top-ten team and Stanford was struggling. A win would have made UCLA the Pac-12 South champions, but at the Rose Bowl a 6-5 Cardinal team dominated UCLA, 31-10. 

• UCLA is coming off a pretty demoralizing loss last week against ASU. Ranked #7 going into the game, a win probably would have vaulted the Bruins to a top-four ranking, but UCLA lost to the Sun Devils, 38-23.

• Under Jim Mora, it’s pretty well-accepted that the two programs standing in his way of taking UCLA to the next level are Stanford and Oregon.  Mora, in his fourth year at UCLA, is 0-4 against the Cardinal.

• Since losing to Northwestern in its season opener, 16-6, the Cardinal has vastly improved, especially on offense. Since that loss, it’s one of only five FBS teams to score at least 31 points in its past three games. 

• David Shaw (43) is in his fifth year on The Farm, with an overall record of 46-13.  Shaw initially made a name for himself coaching in the NFL as a position assistant before taking over as offensive coordinator at Stanford under Jim Harbaugh.  He is credited with keeping alive the Stanford program's resurgence under Harbaugh. In his first three seasons Shaw had the Cardinal finishing top 10 in the Coaches’ Poll, before not being ranked at the end of last season.   He has won three Pac-12 North titles and two Pac-12 Championships. 

• Shaw is 5-0 against UCLA. 

• UCLA will play Cal next Thursday, making it consecutive Thursday night games. Jim Mora has made it very clear how adamantly he opposes the scheduling, citing it is too tough on his student athletes.

• Stanford quarterback Kevin Hogan statistically is among Stanford’s all-time best, among the all-time leaders in Completion Percentage, Passing Efficiency, Touchdown Passes and Total Offense. Among others.  He’s currently third on the list of Passing Yards at 7,673, trailing #2 Jim Plunkett at 7,806 (#1 is Steven Stenstrom with 10,911). 

• UCLA is 11-6 against ranked opponents under Jim Mora. Five of those six losses have come against either Stanford or Oregon, and four against Stanford. The only loss to a ranked team other than Oregon or Stanford was against ASU in 2013. 

• The main UCLA story line: It's a big game for UCLA, needing to rid itself of the Stanford bugaboo and bounce back after the demoralizing loss against ASU.  

• Stanford is favored by 4.5 points.

• The weather forecast expects a high of 80 degrees on Thursday, with a temperature in the mid-60s by game time.


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