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The Big Game: The Definitive Stanford vs. Cal Preview

Posted By Donovan Williams On Nov 19 2010 @ 2:33 am In Stanford | No Comments

You’d think when you would get a school that is known for its tree hugging politics against another school whose mascot is an actual tree that they would simply live in harmony in a flowery garden.

Not so much.

Stanford and Cal are two schools that would prefer to compete in any of the following ways:

  1. A great debate.
  2. Scrabble, the Latin Edition.
  3. Chess.
  4. Science Fair.
  5. Thumb wrestling.

But this Saturday the two schools will settle their differences on the football field.  The Cardinal lead the series 55-46, but since 2002 Stanford is only 1-7 versus Cal. This is a dubious stat for Stanford.

Stanford is coming off a tough victory over Arizona State. Cal is coming of a tough loss to Oregon.

In that game, Cal was accused of feigning injuries to deliberately slow down the pace of the Oregon offense. For what its worth, it worked. It’s not illegal and there was nothing Oregon could do about it. So I am sure Cal will throw everything including the kitchen sink to beat Stanford this weekend.

I cannot see a scenario where Cal wins. This game is too important to Stanford. Last year Andrew Luck played one of the worst games of collegiate career. He was 10-30, with 0 touchdowns and a pick. I would not bet on Luck playing that horrible again.

Cal is led by Junior Shane Vareen who has ran for 998 yards and 13 touchdowns. Stanford’s defense has been stingy as of late, it will be interesting to see the Cardinal pack 8 in the box to put the clamp on Vareen.

Stanford should win this game by at least two touchdowns. I cannot imagine that coach Jim Harbaugh would allow his team to wilt away in one of its biggest and most important game of the season.

One thing is for sure, the band will not come on the field and Cal will not win through laterals on a kick return.

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