Stanford vs. Cal: Big Game TV schedule, previews, spread and more.

Jonathan Daniel

Previewing this week's Pac-12 battle between the Cardinal and Bears.

Check the national college football scoreboard right here, and look through SB Nation's many excellent college football blogs to find your team's community.

In what is always one of the most heated rivalries on the West Coast, the Stanford Cardinal and California Golden Bears meet this weekend to play the annual Big Game.

The Cardinal enter ranked 20th in the BCS standings. They lost a heartbreaking overtime game at the goal line to Notre Dame last week, which could have an effect on coach David Shaw's team. Quarterback Josh Nunes has struggled to play consistently for four quarters this season, and the offense has stalled because of it. Running back Stepfan Taylor is one of the best in the nation and could have a big day against Cal's inexperienced front seven.

The Bears played a very difficult schedule early in the year, and they paid for it, starting 1-4. Since then, the team has won back-to-back conference games and is showing signs of life. California features one of the nation's premier wide receivers in Keenan Allen, who leads his team with 52 receptions for 622 yards and five touchdowns. Quarterback Zach Maynard has struggled this season despite Allen's performance, throwing five interceptions in three conference games thus far.


Saturday's complete CFB TV schedule || Cal, Stanford bloggers debate on ESPNU || Week 8 CFB picks for every game

Game time, TV channel: 3 p.m. ET, FOX

Point spread: Stanford opened as 1½ point favorites. Most lines have since moved to three points, according to Odds Shark.

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