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No. 22 Stanford faces Cal with Pac-12 title still in play

From FOX Sports - November 14, 2017

Stanford, thanks to its upset of then-No. 9 Washington last week, kept itself alive for the Pac-12 North title.

The Cardinal, Huskies and Washington State all enter the week with two league losses, with one of the Washington schools guaranteed another loss when they meet in their regular-season finale in the Apple Cup.

Stanford (7-3, 6-2 Pac-12) has the head-to-head tiebreaker in the division over Washington, but not Washington State.

Stanford will have no reason to watch the scoreboard on Nov. 25 if it doesnt take care of business in the Big Game on Saturday.

Stanford, which moved into the College Football Playoff rankings Tuesday night at No. 22, hosts rival Cal on Saturday night, the final conference game of the season for the Cardinal, who finish at home against Notre Dame a week later.

While Stanford is still playing for big prizes, including a Pac-12 title, Cal (5-5, 2-5) is just trying to get bowl eligible, either this week or next, when they host UCLA on Nov. 24.

Beating Stanford will be difficult, but at least Cal is well-rested, coming off a bye week. Plus, the Golden Bears have shown the capability to be giant-slayers, beating Washington State 37-3 earlier this season.

We knew coming into the season that we had to have a chip on our shoulders. Over the past couple of years, people have always doubted us, said senior linebacker Raymond Davison III. With reason, I get it. But theyre also not the ones on the inside putting in the work.

Were going to get to six wins. Were going to find a way. Were going to find a way to get The Axe. I dont care if the score is 2-0.

With the way Stanford junior Bryce Love is running the football, a 2-0 score probably isnt feasible.

Stanford is coming off a game in which its offensive linealways the backbone of the Cardinalplayed its best game in about a month, coach David Shaw said.

And that helped Love do what he does, with 166 rushing yards and three touchdowns in the 30-22 win over the Huskies, despite being hampered by a bad ankle. He is the nations leading rusher at 180.2 yards per game.

Bryce Love continues to amaze, Shaw said. On one leg, breaking tackles, making big plays. Just a special, special player.

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