Cal football vs. Stanford: Time, TV schedule, game preview, score

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Daniel Lasco #2 of the California Golden Bears runs with the ball against the Colorado Buffaloes at California Memorial Stadium on September 27, 2014 in Berkeley, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

STANFORD, Calif. – California looks to become bowl eligible and snap a nine-game losing streak to Stanford when the rivals meet Saturday in Palo Alto for the 122nd Big Game. The Golden Bears have lost five of their last six contests while Stanford has dropped back-to-back games to Colorado and Washington State.

TV: 4 p.m. ET, Pac-12 Network. LINE: Stanford -2.5

Cal running back DeShawn Collins posted career-highs with 15 carries for 103 yards and two touchdowns in last Saturday’s 41-17 loss to USC, while the Bears’ defense was scorched by Trojans quarterback Kedon Slovis (406 passing yards and four touchdowns). “We have to own this, all of us,” coach Justin Wilcox told reporters. “We knew we'd have to perform well against a team with that type of talent. Now we have to regroup and regroup fast.” Stanford had a similar experience in last week’s 49-22 loss to Washington State and quarterback Anthony Gordon, who threw for 520 yards and five touchdowns. The injury-depleted Cardinal have started a total of 37 different players this season and will be without injured quarterback K.J. Costello again this Saturday.

ABOUT CAL (5-5, 2-5 Pac-12)

Senior linebacker Evan Weaver had 14 tackles against USC and leads the nation with 15.1 tackles per game, while defensive lineman Luc Bequette has 43 tackles, four tackles-for-loss and three sacks. Quarterback Chase Garbers returned last week after missing the previous four games with a right shoulder injury and was 4-for-10 for 33 yards before leaving the game in the second quarter with an undisclosed injury. If Garbers is unavailable Saturday, the Bears will turn to junior Devon Modster, who has thrown five touchdowns and five interceptions while appearing in six games this season.


Quarterback Davis Mills started in place of Costello last week and completed 33-of-50 passes for 504 yards with three touchdowns and a pair of interceptions, while Connor Wedington caught eight passes for 119 yards. Running back Cameron Scarlett has rushed for 766 yards on 176 attempts and five touchdowns, but he was a non-factor last week after Stanford fell behind early against the Cougars. The Cardinal defense allowed 624 total yards without All-Pac-12 defensive back Paulson Adebo, who will miss his second straight game due to injury.


1. Stanford holds a 64-46-11 lead in the all-time series – including 31-21-1 in Palo Alto.

2. Cal is 4-0 this season when Garbers plays more than half the contest and 1-5 when he doesn’t.

3. Stanford is 53-10 at home since the start of the 2010 season.

PREDICTION: Stanford 27, Cal 21