Facts and Factors in UCLA/Stanford

When UCLA travels to Palo Alto to take on Stanford, it will be a battle between the leader of the Pac-10 against the only undefeated conference team. UCLA has won the last five meetings, but Stanford is trying to get off to its best start since 2001...

-- UCLA travels to Palo Alto to take on Stanford Saturday. The game is slated for a 12:30 start and will be televised on ABC, with Dave Lamont and David Norrie calling the action.

-- UCLA is the only undefeated Pac-10 team, at 3-0. It's the Pac-10 opener for the Bruins.

-- Stanford is 3-1, and 2-0 in the Pac-10, which has them atop the conference.

-- The series between the two schools goes back to 1925, with UCLA holding a 45-31-3 edge all-time.

-- UCLA is 19-18-2 in games played at Stanford.

-- The Bruins have won the last five meetings, including last year's meeting at the Rose Bowl, 23-20. The current five-game losing streak for Stanford is the second longest in the history of the series, with Stanford losing six in a row between 1963 and 1968.

-- In the first meeting between the two schools in 1925, Stanford won, 82-0.

-- Stanford allowed a school-record 72 points in a 72-0 defeat against UCLA in 1954.

-- Stanford is coached by Jim Harbaugh, who is in his third year on The Farm. Harbaugh went 4-8 in his first year, 5-7 last season and now is 3-1. It's generally considered that Harbaugh has done a very good job since heading up Stanford, dramatically upgrading its recruiting. The highlight of his Stanford coaching career was perhaps one of the biggest upsets in college football history, when in 2007 he upset #2-ranked USC.

-- The Cardinal's 3-1 start is its best since 2004, and a win over UCLA would give Stanford its best start since 2001.

-- Stanford is 6-1 at home over the last two seasons, after going 3-16 at home from 2005 to 2007.

-- The Cardinal's only loss in its last seven home games came against sixth-ranked USC, in its final home game of last season.

-- Stanford has only trailed for 2 seconds in any game this season.

-- UCLA and USC will both be in the Bay Area this weekend, with the Trojans playing Cal in Berkeley.

-- UCLA is coming off a bye week. The Bruins are 8-8 in games right after an off week in the last 10 years. Last season, the Bruins had three off weeks and lost in each of their next games.

-- The weather in Palo Alto on Saturday is forecast as perfect football weather, sunny and 70 degrees.


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