STANFORD, Calif. (AP) While there will always be an emotional twist to the Big Game between Stanford and California, there is much more at stake for both teams heading into Saturday's matchup.
For the 20th-ranked Cardinal, an eighth consecutive win over the Golden Bears would keep alive hopes for a spot in the Pac-12 championship game, while a loss would dash them entirely.
Stanford (7-3, 6-2) is tied with No. 15 Washington State for first place in the North division but the Cougars - who have a bye this week - hold the tiebreaker advantage by virtue of their 24-21 win over the Cardinal on Nov. 4. Stanford can win the division title with a win against the Bears and a Washington State loss to No. 16 Washington on Nov. 25.