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Game Week: UCLA v. Stanford Facts and Factors

Sep. 20 -- The eight straight losses by UCLA is Stanford's best active win streak, and is the longest streak for either team in their history of playing each other...

• UCLA hosts Stanford at the Rose Bowl Saturday to start its home conference schedule, with a kick-off at 5:00 PST.  The game will be televised by ABC with Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit and Samantha Ponder in the booth and on the field.

• Stanford is 2-0 and ranked 6th in USA Today Coaches' Poll and 7th in the AP Poll.

• The Cardinal beat Kansas State on the road, 26-13, had a bye the second week, and then last Saturday beat USC, 27-10. 

• UCLA is 2-1, and not ranked. 

• Stanford has been ranked by the AP for 17 consecutive weeks.

• Either Stanford or UCLA have been ranked in each of the past eight matchups. 

• Stanford has an eight-game winning streak going against UCLA, tied for the program's best active win streak (it also has eight straight wins against Washington State).  It's the longest win streak in the UCLA/Stanford series.

• In those eight straight wins, Stanford has scored at least 24 points and won by an average of 18.2 points.

• Except during World War II, UCLA and Stanford have met every season since 1925, and 72 times in the past 71 years (twice in 2012).  UCLA leads the all-time series, 45-39-2. 

• UCLA is 10-7 against the Cardinal at the Rose Bowl, with its last win in its home stadium coming in 2008 (having lost the last three).  Counting that 2008 win, UCLA previously had won six straight at the Rose Bowl, going back to 1996. 

UCLA running onto the Rose Bowl (Photo: Steve Cheng)

• Last year, Stanford dominated the game, jumping out to a 35-17 and then pile on to win, 56-35, with the Cardinal's star, Christian McCaffrey amassing 369 all-purpose yards. 

• Jim Mora is 0-5 against Stanford.  The closest Mora came to beating the Cardinal was in the 2012 Pac-12 Championship game, losing 27-24. 

• It's the first time Mora will face Stanford without his UCLA team being ranked. 

• David Shaw (44) is in his sixth year on The Farm, with an overall record of 56-14.  Shaw was a wide receiver at Stanford in the mid-'90s, and then 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, then had a bit of a dip in 2014 when he went 8-5, but then bounced back last season with a 12-2 campaign, a Pac-12 Championship and a final ranking of #3 in the polls. He has won four Pac-12 North titles and three Pac-12 Championships in five seasons.  

• Shaw is undefeated against six Pac-12 opponents -- UCLA, Arizona, California, Colorado, Oregon State and Washington State. 

• Under Shaw, Stanford is 20-2 against in-state opponents.  

• Shaw is 11-2 against UCLA and USC. 

• Shaw has recruited well at Stanford, finishing in the top 20 in Scout.com's team rankings in four of his six recruiting classes. His highest-ranked class was in 2012 when the class ranked 7th nationally. 

• Under Mora, UCLA is 13-7 against ranked opponents and has won seven of the last eight.

• The last time UCLA faced a top-10 team was in 2013, a 42-14 loss to #2 Oregon. The last win against a top-10 team was in 2010, when an unranked Bruins beat #7 Texas in Austin (34-12).  The last time UCLA beat a top-10 ranked team in the Rose Bowl was in 2007 against #9 Oregon (16-0). 

• Stanford lost a good number of players to graduation after the 2015 season, and fields a fairly young team, with only 25% of this year's Stanford roster composed of fourth- and fifth-year seniors. 

• UCLA is hosting a UCLA Olympian Reunion this weekend, with over 400 UCLA Olympians invited to partake in events for two days. The event is also being put on by Casey Wasserman, a UCLA donor, who is the chair of "LA2024," a group dedicated to bringing the Olympics to Los Angeles in 2024. At halftime of the game, UCLA will honor its Olympians, with upward of 100 expected to attend.  

• Also being honored at halftime is NBA champion and former Bruin, Kevin Love. Love is being honored because he just donated to the new basketball practice facility, the Mo Ostin Basketball Center, currently being built on campus. Love matched the largest donation by a former basketball student-athlete (Russell Westbrook) in school history.

• The betting line opened with UCLA -1, but then it moved pretty quickly to Stanford -3. 

• The weather forecast calls for a high of 89 degrees, with a game-time temperature in the low 80s.  

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