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Police: Big Game to bring big traffic

Stanford, Cal vie for Stanford Axe in 120th Big Game

With the 120th Big Game scheduled for 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, Palo Alto police are warning that traffic along Embarcadero Road, El Camino Real and Sand Hill Road will get heavy starting in the early afternoon.

The football game, which continues the longstanding cross-Bay rivalry between Stanford University and the University of California, Berkeley, will take place in the Stanford Stadium. Kickoff is at 5 p.m.

Stanford (7-3, 6-2) is going for its eighth straight Big Game victory over California (5-5, 2-5), having bested the Bears 45-31 last year.

Stanford coach David Shaw, who also played in the Big Game as a student, has never lost a Big Game as a coach.

"It means a lot. It's a rivalry game," Shaw said. "We talk to our guys all the time about having tangible evidence, about having a trophy. It's always great to play for your pride, your family, your teammates and your school. But it's great to have something to hold after the game. The challenge is for the seniors to keep the Axe."

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