Stanford vs. Cal: 4 Reasons Why the Big Game Might Be Closer Than You Think

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Stanford vs. Cal: 4 Reasons Why the Big Game Might Be Closer Than You Think
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The No. 20 Stanford Cardinal (4-2, 2-1 Pac-12) travel into Bear territory on Saturday to take on the California Golden Bears (3-4, 2-2 Pac-12) in the 115th edition of the Big Game.

The Cardinal are coming off a controversial 20-13 overtime loss against Notre Dame, while Cal beat Washington State 31-17 last week. 

The Big Game is a crucial for both teams, and not only because it's one of the most storied rivalries in all of college football.

Stanford sorely needs a win to prove that they can win on the road.

With a win, Cal will drop their losing record to go 4-4 and 3-2 in the Pac-12.

Although Stanford seems to be the much better team on paper, the Big Game will prove to be a close, competitive matchup, and here's why.

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