It may not have the nervous excitement of playing for the conference title against the 2nd best Pac-10 team at home, but going against the Cardinal in the last regular season game of the year with the chance to reaffirm conference supremacy is pretty cool too. If Stanford didn't have enough motivation by playing spoiler against their rivals they can be motivated to avoid the play in game for the Pac-10 tournament. Plus, Stanford will be honoring their seniors (Landry Fields and a bunch of other guys you may or may not have heard of. Yes, Tavita Pritchard is on the basketball team for some reason).
Read Avi's excellent preview here. Key point?
So most likely, it'll come down to a game of effort. If the Furd can come out with great intensity and energy, play over their heads, and get Cal to miss their shots, AND if Cal is afflicted with championship hangover, then they can make a game of it and really put a dent into our long-term aspirations. From here on out, the target is on our backs, especially this week and in the conference tournament.
If we're going to be champions, we're going to have to keep on playing like champions. BEAT THE FURD!
And in case, for some reason, you can't get excited about playing the last place team in the Pac? How about this tidbit from Ragnarok:
A win at Maples would also be Mike Montgomery's first in six years, and would give Cal their first season sweep over the 'Furd since 1993. Moreover, it would be the first time Cal swept the Cardinal in both football and men's basketball in the same school year since 1982-83, before any of the current players were born, and when Mike Montgomery was still coaching at Montana.