LAS VEGAS -- San Jose State and Stanford have had initial conversations about resuming their football series by moving to a neutral site at the new Levi's Stadium, Spartans coach Ron Caragher said.

"There's some fringe talk about it," Caragher said. "Has anything been finalized? Not necessarily. But I think it'd be great."

San Jose State and Stanford have played 67 times since 1900, but last year's game was the final one on the contract and the schools publically battled over the reasons for not continuing the series.

San Jose State said it wanted a home-and-home series (only three of the previous meetings have been in San Jose), something that might be a stretch for a program such as Stanford to agree to.

Caragher and SJSU athletic director Gene Bleymaier both said last year they would be open to a neutral site agreement at Levi's Stadium and talks have now initiated between the schools about making that happen.

There's no word on when a potential series could begin, but both schools have openings in their 2015 schedules, although Stanford's 2016 and 2017 slates are full.

Caragher said he'd also love to make arrangements to play Cal at Levi's Stadium. Those schools have met 35 times, but not since 1996.

"It's good for the Bay Area businesses," Caragher said. "Good for the parents because of proximity. Good for the fans, good for the students, good for Levi's Stadium. It's another opportunity for vendors to profit. So it's just good for Bay Area football."


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The Spartans and Stanford have played before crowds of at least 40,000 in each of the last three seasons. The 2013 game, a 34-13 Cardinal victory at Stanford, drew 50,424.

Stanford has won 10 of the past 11 games between the schools, including the last six. San Jose State's only victory in that stretch, a 35-34 win in 2006, was played at Spartan Stadium.

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