RECORDS: SJSU 1-0, Stanford 0-0.
KICKOFF: 8 p.m. at Stanford Stadium
TV: Pac-12 Networks (Comcast channels 433, 434 and 823)
RADIO: 1050 and 1590.
SERIES HISTORY: Stanford leads 51-14-1 and has won five in a row, including a 20-17 victory last year. This is the final scheduled game in the series.
STANFORD STORYLINES: The Cardinal opens the season with no margin for error if it hopes to contend for the national championship. ... First-game kinks are to be expected, but Stanford must limit major mistakes if it wants to avoid another down-to-the-wire finish against the Spartans. ... Quarterback Kevin Hogan, 5-0 as a starter last season, will have an expanded role this year. ... Look for Tyler Gaffney and Anthony Wilkerson to share the tailback duties. ... Fewer than 1,000 tickets remain.
SJSU STORYLINES: San Jose State hasn't beaten Stanford since 2006. ... Last year's 20-17 victory by the Cardinal was the most competitive game between the teams since the Spartans' win in 2006, which came against one of the worst teams in Stanford history. ... A loss wouldn't be destructive for SJSU, but a win could put it on the cusp of reclaiming a national ranking (the Spartans finished last year No. 21 in both polls and have 12 votes in the latest USA Today coaches poll).
STANFORD INJURY UPDATE: None reported.
SJSU INJURY UPDATE: LB Vince Buhagiar (shoulder) is out. RB Tyler Ervin and LB Derek Muaava (knee) are doubtful. S Esston Al-Uqdah (knee) is questionable. LB Christian Tago (hamstring) and S Damon Ogburn (hamstring) are probable.
MATCHUP TO WATCH: San Jose State's offensive line vs. Stanford's front seven. ... If the Spartans are to have a chance to win, or at least keep it close, the offensive line must play well. Running the ball is going to be tough and something SJSU struggled to do against good defenses last year (the Spartans netted only 2.6 yards per carry vs. the Cardinal). ... Giving QB David Fales enough time to throw the ball is a must. If he can attack down the field, the Spartans can have some offensive success. If not, it could get ugly.
STANFORD STATS THAT MATTER: The fifth-ranked Cardinal is in the Associated Press poll for the 49th consecutive week, the fifth-longest active streak in the nation. ... Stanford has won nine home games in a row, dating to a loss to Oregon in November 2011.
SJSU STATS THAT MATTER: SJSU is riding an eight-game winning streak, tied for third-longest in the nation and tied for fifth-longest in school history. ... Fales' 12-2 record (.857 winning percentage) as a starter is best in school history. ... SJSU was a respectable 7 of 16 on third down last week against Sacramento State and was 5 of 6 on short-yardage run attempts (3 yards to go or fewer) on third or fourth down. The Spartans were successful on only 52.7 percent (19 of 36) of such run attempts last year.
-- JIMMY DURKIN AND JON WILNER