NO. 13 STANFORD VS. NO. 9 UCLA
RECORDS: Stanford 5-1 overall, 3-1 Pac-12. UCLA 5-0, 2-0.
KICKOFF: 12:30 p.m. at Stanford Stadium.
TV: ABC and ESPN2.
SERIES HISTORY: UCLA leads 45-36-3 but Stanford has won five in a row, including a 27-24 victory in the 2012 Pac-12 title game.
STORYLINES: Stanford must win to retain control of its destiny in the Pac-12 race and remain on the outskirts of the national title hunt. . . . How will No. 13 Stanford respond to its first loss in a year? The Cardinal hasn't dropped back-to-back games since the middle of the 2009 season. . . . The Bruins have lost nine consecutive in-state road games, all but one of them by more than a touchdown. . . . Stanford allowed 181 rushing yards to Utah and is vulnerable on the defensive line. UCLA is fourth in the conference in rushing (223 yards per game).
INJURY UPDATE: Stanford -- DE Henry Anderson (knee) is out. K Jordan Williamson (leg) is questionable. UCLA -- LT Torian White (ankle) is out. TB Jordon James (ankle) is questionable.
MATCHUP TO WATCH: UCLA linebackers Anthony Barr, Myles Jack, Eric Kendricks and Jordan Zumwalt against Stanford's offense. The Bruins' havoc-causing quartet will attempt to stuff Stanford's running game and disrupt the rhythm of the aerial attack. Barr, the best defensive player in the conference, has 10 tackles-for-loss and forced three fumbles. Kendricks is second in the Pac-12 in tackles (9.4 per game). . . . End Keenan Graham, a pass rush specialist, leads the conference with five sacks.
STATS THAT MATTER: Stanford is 10-1 at home against ranked opponents in the past 4 1/2 years. . . . The Bruins are outscoring opponents 71-0 in the third quarter. . . . The Bruins are one of the most penalized teams in the Pac-12 (83.2 yards per game). . . . Stanford has scored on 90.5 percent of its red zone opportunities. . . . UCLA leads the conference in third-down defense: Opponents are converting only 24 percent of the time.
-- JON WILNER