Stanford: Facts and Factors

The series between UCLA and Stanford goes back to 1925, and recently the Bruins have been getting the better of it. Stanford posted its first winning season last year since 2002...

-- UCLA plays in its first home game of the season when Stanford comes to the Rose Bowl Saturday. The game kicks off at 7:30 PST, and will be televised by ESPN, with Carter Blackburn, Brock Huard and Mike Bellotti calling the action.

-- UCLA, of course, lost to Kansas State last week, 33-22 in Manhattan, Kansas.

-- Stanford beat FCS (Division 1-AA) Sacramento State last week, 52-17.

-- UCLA leads the all-time series, 45-32-3. The two schools have met every season dating back to 1946, with the series beginning in 1925.

-- Since UCLA first started calling the Rose Bowl home in 1982, it is 10-4 against Stanford in Pasadena.

-- The Bruins lost to the Cardinal last season on the Farm, 24-16, with Stanford's Toby Gerhart, who has now moved on to the NFL, scoring three touchdowns.

-- That win by Stanford snapped a five-game Bruin win streak in the series.

-- UCLA has won its last six games against Stanford at the Rose Bowl, dating back to 1996.

-- Since it began Pac-10 play in 1978, UCLA has played in just four conference games earlier that this year's September 11th game against Stanford – in 2007, 1997, 1993 and 1978. UCLA is 3-1 in those games.

-- The last time UCLA opened its home schedule with a Pac-10 game was in 1993, when it lost to Cal.

-- UCLA has gone 6-4 in conference openers since 2000, and 2-1 at home.

-- UCLA Coach Rick Neuheisel is 4-1 in games against Stanford.

-- Stanford is coached by Jim Harbaugh, in his fourth year. He is 18-20 overall at Stanford, posting his first winning season in 2009, going 8-5, after going 5-7 in 2008 and 4-8 in 2007. Harbaugh has done a good job of turning around the Stanford program, especially with two top 25 national recruiting classes in 2009 and 2010.

-- Last season, Stanford earned a berth in the Sun Bowl, where it dropped a 31-27 decision to Oklahoma. It was Stanford's first bowl appearance since 2001. Its 2009 mark of 8-5 broke a string of seven consecutive losing seasons going back to 2002. It went 6-3 in the Pac-10 last season, finishing second in the conference, and its six conference wins were the most for a Cardinal team since 2001.

-- After posting a 10-31 conference record from 2002-2006, the Cardinal is 13-14 against the Pac-10 under Harbaugh. They've beaten every Pac-10 school during Harbaught's tenure.

-- Under Harbaugh, Stanford is 8-5 in August and September, including 7-3 in the last two seasons.

-- The weather should be perfect for football Saturday night, with a high of 78 during the day on Saturday.

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