Stanford and Cal meet in what has become a huge game for the Cardinal, who are still in the hunt for the Pac-12 North despite 3 losses. While Stanford can make a push for the Pac-12 title game, the Bears can play spoiler on Saturday, November 18, 2017. Find game time, TV channel and how to watch online information below.
Stanford has been uncharacteristically mercurial this season, scoring just 17 points against San Diego State before combusting for 58 on UCLA. The Cardinal have stunned Washington — and possibly eliminating the Pac-12 from the College Football Playoff — yet fell to Washington State. Nearly three months into the season, Stanford remains as enigmatic as ever.
After a 3-0 start, Cal has fallen on hard times. The Bears dropped five of their next six after the hot start, though that exception — a 37-3 stunner over Washington State — was an eye-opener. With two games remaining and one more win required to attain bowl eligibility, another Week 7-like performance will be needed.
Stanford-Cal game time, details
Game time: 5 p.m. PT
Location: Stanford Stadium, Palo Alto, Calif.
Odds: Stanford -14.
Which TV channel is Stanford-Cal on?
Stanford-Cal can be found on FOX.
How can I watch Stanford vs. Cal online?
You can stream Stanford-Cal on FOXSportsGo.
How can I listen to Stanford-Cal on the radio?
You can listen to Stanford and Cal at 90.1 FM KZSU Stanford.
You can also listen to Cal and Stanford at Cal Bears Sports Network.
Stanford-Cal preview, keys to the game
There are really only two words one needs to know when discussing Stanford football: Bryce Love. Everything the Cardinal does hinges almost directly on the legs of the junior running back.
When Love runs well, Stanford finishes well. Take his 263 yards over UCLA, in which the Cardinal won 58-34. Or his 301 the following week in a 34-24 win over an Arizona State team that would stump the Washington offense just a few weeks later.
It should come as no surprise that in the lone game Love was absent, an Oct. 26 date with Oregon State, the Cardinal was almost stunned by the hapless Beavers.
But if the road to beating Stanford requires stumping love, Cal is in a rather precarious situation. The Bears have the 70th ranked rushing defense in the country, allowing a little more than 170 yards per game, to running backs who are not named Bryce Love. Opponents have scored 19 touchdowns on the ground this season. To stop Love would be a lofty goal.
To contain him enough for Cal’s offense to keep pace is a bit more reasonable. Despite not having a gaudy record, Cal’s offense has been passable this season, scoring 29.2 points per game. The Bears remain led by Ross Bowers behind center, who threw for 2 scores and 259 yards. He had 6 incomplete passes in a 2-touchdown win over Oregon State.
If the Bears hope to keep pace with the Cardinal, it will be Bowers, and a running back of their own in Patrick Laird, who must be depended upon to do so.