Cal Davis at No. 11 Stanford
KICKOFF: Saturday, 4 p.m. ET
SITE: Stanford Stadium, Stanford, California
TV: Pac-12 Network
SERIES: The series is tied 1-1. Stanford won the first meeting 59-0 in 1932. UC Davis stunned Stanford in 2005 with a 20-17 upset win in Stanford Stadium.
KEYS TO THE GAME
Stanford has high hopes again this season, but first the Cardinal has a score to settle.
The Cardinal and UC Davis have met only twice in their long histories with the first a 59-0 Stanford win back in 1932. But the last time these two teams play, the Aggies dealt the Cardinal a stunning 20-17 loss in 2005.
It was the biggest win in school history for the Aggies and sent Stanford reeling toward a 5-6 finish under former coach Walt Harris.
But the Cardinal has enjoyed a renaissance since UC Davis last came to town. Players are eyeing a spot in the inaugural College Football Playoff and a shot at a national championship.
"I'm not thinking too far ahead, but it's something we're aiming for," Stanford defensive end Henry Anderson said. "And not just getting in, but winning it."
The Cardinal is coming off consecutive Pac-12 Conference North Division championships and back-to-back Rose Bowl appearances. Fourth-year coach David Shaw expects his team to contend again this year.
Stanford is 34-7 in three seasons under Shaw, who, despite losing seven players to NFL rosters, has a wealth of talent returning from a team that went 11-3 in 2013. Senior quarterback Kevin Hogan is back along with wide receiver Ty Montgomery -- one of the most explosive players in the country -- and receiver Devon Cajuste. Junior Andrus Peat is arguably the nation's best offensive tackle.
UC Davis, picked to finish seventh in the Big Sky Conference this season, comes to Stanford with a couple of key issues.
First, running back Gabe Manzanares, who became a 1,000-yard rusher as a walk-on last year, is injured and likely won't play.
Second, the Aggies are unsettled at quarterback.
Coach Ron Gould's choices are sophomore Ben Scott, who has yet to play as a collegian, and senior London Lacy. Lacy has appeared in just eight games in his career but none since the 2012 season.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
-- RB Colton Silveria was the leading rusher for UC Davis in 2011 (570 yards) and 2012 (590) but was a backup to walk-on Gabe Manzanares (1,285 yards) in 2013. With Mazanares questionable because of injury, Silveria returns to his starting role.
-- WR Corey Galindo is the leading returning receiver for the Aggies. He had 29 receptions (No. 2 behind Tom Hemmingsen's 60) for 241 yards.
-- S Charles Boyett led the team with 51 solo and 86 total tackles last year with a high of 14 in one game (Cal Poly). He also was credited with forcing two fumbles.
-- LB Steven Pitts had 74 tackles with 11.5 of them for losses. Among the latter were four sacks.