Palo Alto Weekly

Sports - September 2, 2011

Just the facts

Saturday's game: San Jose State (0-0) at Stanford (0-0) at Stanford Stadium in the Bill Walsh Legacy Game.

Game time: 2 p.m.

TV/Radio: Comcast SportsNet Bay Area; KNBR (1050 AM)

The series: Stanford and San Jose State are meeting for the 65th time, with the Cardinal holding a 49-14-1 advantage.

For openers: Stanford is 8-3 in its past 11 season openers, dating to the 2000 season, and is 18-1 against SJS in season openers with the only loss coming in 1998. Stanford has won three straight season debuts — including last year's 52-17 win over Sacramento State.

The polls: Stanford opens the season ranked No. 7 by The Associated Press, its highest start in the poll since 1950. The Cardinal also is No. 6 in the USA Today Coaches Poll, No. 4 by Sports Illustrated, No. 4 by the Sporting News, No. 4 by Blue Ribbon, No. 8 by Lindy's and No. 13 by Athlon.

Streaking: Stanford went 6-0 at home last year for its first undefeated home season since 1977 and its ninth perfect mark all-time at Stanford Stadium, the first coming in 1924. Stanford enters Saturday's game on an eight-game win streak, dating to last season. It's the team's longest winning streak since 1951 when the then-Indians won nine straight. The school record for consecutive victories is 13 (190-4-05 and 1939-41).

Winners: Stanford, which went 12-1 last season, has won 20 games over the past two years. That's the highest total in back-to-back campaigns in school history. The Cardinal's 14 conferences wins during that time are second only to Oregon's 17.

The schedule: Stanford will not play Pac-10 South contenders Arizona State and Utah this season, but finishes up at home against Oregon (Nov. 12), Cal (Nov 19) and Notre Dame (Nov. 26). The Oregon and Notre Dame games already have been sold out.

Tickets: 1-800-STANFORD, www.gostanford.com.

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