STANFORD AT CAL
KICKOFF: 1 p.m. Saturday at Memorial Stadium.
TV/RADIO: FoxSports1; 680-AM/810-AM.
RECORDS: Stanford 5-5, 3-4 in Pac-12; Cal 5-5, 3-5.
SERIES HISTORY: Stanford leads 59-46-11. The Cardinal won 63-13 last season and has won four straight.
STORYLINES: Both teams enter the 117th Big Game needing one win to become bowl eligible, in stark contrast to a year ago when Cal was on its way to a 1-11 season and Stanford headed toward a second straight Pac-12 title and fourth BCS bowl in a row … This marks the first time since 2003 that neither team has a winning record entering the Big Game and the first time in 35 seasons that both are exactly 5-5. . . . Cal, with just one player on its roster who has won The Axe, has been outscored 163-58 the past four seasons. . . . Stanford may need a victory Saturday more urgently than Cal in order to become bowl eligible. The Cardinal closes its regular season next Friday at No. 11 UCLA, while the Bears finish at home Saturday against a BYU team that is 2-4 since star quarterback Taysom Hill suffered a season-ending broken leg.
INJURY UPDATE: Cal: LB Jake Kearney (abdomen) is doubtful; DT David Davis (knee) is out; Stanford: DL Aziz Shittu (knee) and FB Patrick Skov (undisclosed) are out. S Kyle Olugbode (undisclosed) is probable.
MATCHUP TO WATCH: Cal’s defense vs. Stanford receiver Ty Montgomery. The Cardinal ranks just 10th in the conference in passing, which has diminished the numbers put up by its versatile and explosive wideout. But the Bears are last nationally in passing yards allowed, and were victimized last year by Montgomery, who caught five passes for 160 yards, including four touchdowns, and ran for a fifth score. Montgomery has added returning punts to his arsenal this season and has scored twice via that route.
STANFORD STATS THAT MATTER: Only one team, Oregon, has scored 30 or more points against Stanford this season … Stanford leads the Pac-12 in fewest points allowed (16.5 per game) but is last in points scored (23.9 per game) … Stanford has struggling with situational football, ranking 11th in the league in third-down conversions (37.8 percent) and last in red zone efficiency (66.7 percent) … Quarterback Kevin Hogan has six touchdowns passes and no interceptions in two Big Games … The Cardinal is 10-1 following a loss under coach David Shaw and 5-0 this season against unranked teams.
CAL STATS THAT MATTER: Cal has not won a game this season scoring fewer than 31 points . . . Jared Goff needs one touchdown pass to equal Pat Barnes’ 1996 single-season school record of 31. He has thrown 146 passes since his most recent interception, Oct. 18 against UCLA … Daniel Lasco is second in the Pac-12 with 13 touchdowns, including at least one in nine consecutive games. He needs 118 yards to become Cal’s first 1,000-yard rusher since 2011. . . . A year after finishing last in the conference in red-zone efficiency (72.1 percent), the Bears rank second (90.5 percent).