CAL AT STANFORD

RECORDS: Cal 6-4, 3-4 Pac-12; Stanford 9-1, 7-1

KICKOFF: 7:21 p.m. at Stanford Stadium

TV: ESPN

RADIO: 810-AM and 1050-AM

SERIES HISTORY: Stanford leads 56-46-11, but Cal has won seven of the past nine.

CAL STORYLINES: The Bears are looking to reclaim The Axe and avenge a 48-14 loss to Stanford last year in which the Cardinal set a school record for points in the Big Game. ... The Bears are 0-3 on the road in league play this season. ... A victory would bolster Cal's position in the Pac-12 postseason pecking order and keep the Alamo and Holiday bowls within range.

STANFORD STORYLINES: The eighth-ranked Cardinal must win to keep its Bowl Championship Series hopes alive. ... How will Stanford respond to being a heavy favorite against a team it thumped last season, all while coming off the crushing loss to Oregon? ... The Cardinal must avoid the mistakes (turnovers, dropped passes and missed tackles) that plagued it last week.

CAL INJURY UPDATE: FB Eric Stevens (knee) is out; LB Chris McCain (concussion) and LB David Wilkerson (knee) are doubtful.

STANFORD INJURY UPDATE: LB Shayne Skov (knee), WR Chris Owusu (concussion) and TE Zach Ertz (knee) are out; K Jordan Williamson (undisclosed) is questionable.


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MATCHUP TO WATCH: Cal receivers Keenan Allen and Marvin Jones against Stanford's secondary. Allen and Jones are big-play threats -- both average more than 14 yards per catch -- and have the speed to wreak havoc in man-to-man situations. Stanford cannot afford to miss open-field tackles and must pressure Cal quarterback Zach Maynard, thus limiting his opportunities to locate Allen and Jones downfield.

CAL STATS THAT MATTER: The Bears are 5-10 against ranked opponents in the past five years. ... They have converted 62 percent of their red-zone opportunities into touchdowns. ... Their turnover margin (plus-0.2 per game) is fifth in the Pac-12.

STANFORD STATS THAT MATTER: The Cardinal has won 17 consecutive games against unranked opponents. ... It has converted 79 percent of its red-zone opportunities into touchdowns. ... Its turnover margin (plus-0.4 per game) is fourth in the conference.

-- JON WILNER