November 23, 2013

Behind Enemy Lines: Stanford writer on Cal game

Cal travels to the Farm on Saturday to face Stanford at 1 p.m. and to help us preview the Big Game we snagged some time with Andy Drukarev from our Rivals sister site Here's Andy's take on some burning (hahaha) questions for Bears fans...

Stanford hasn't dropped consecutive games since October 2009. Is this just a scheduling fluke, or is this David Shaw being able to get his guys to respond well to losses?

Drukarev: I think more than anything it's just the result of Stanford being really good. The Cardinal have lost only seven games over the past four seasons (including two this year). So there's really no magic pill. That said, I think Jim Harbaugh and David Shaw have generally done a very good job of getting Stanford prepared and ready for any opponent, no matter how superior or inferior it might on paper. (Though one could argue that wasn't the case for Stanford's loss to Utah and perhaps to a lesser extent USC.) Additionally, Stanford has had very strong veteran leadership (Gerhart, Chris Marinelli, Jim Dray, etc... in 2009, Andrew Phillips, Chase Beeler, Richard Sherman, etc... in 2010, Luck, David DeCastro, Jonathan Martin and co in 2011, and players like Shayne Skov, Trent Murphy, Stepfan Taylor and Zach Ertz over the last few years).

This is the largest spread for the Big Game in history. The worst Big Game loss ever was 41 -- if the Cardinal get close to that, and with BCS voters looking on, would Shaw run up the score?...

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