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Football: Bears need muscle — and magic — if they hope to pull off Big Game upset at Stanford

Linebacker Michael Barton said the Cal football team will try to match Stanford’s physical play on Saturday, but admitted it may take more than that to pull off the biggest upset in Big Game history.

“We need a little bit of magic,” Barton said. “In games like this, something spectacular always happens. If the ball rolls our way a few times, we’ll be all right as long as we play sound football.”

Cal (1-10, 0-8 Pac-12), without a win this season against a Football Bowl Subdivision opponent, is a 31 1/2-point underdog — believed to be the biggest point spread in the 116-year history of the rivalry.

“I think everybody in the organization loves it, just to be in position to shock the world,” Barton said.

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Jeff Faraudo