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Don Ryan, Associated Press
UCLA wide receiver Taylor Embree, left, hauls in a touchdown pass against Oregon State defender Anthony Watkins, right, and another Oregon State player during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Corvallis, Ore., Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011.

STANFORD, Calif. — Andrew Luck's beard made a comeback over the bye week when he took a couple days to be a "bum" on the couch watching football for a change.

Stanford hopes that he's now ready to pick up where he left off.

After a stellar start this season in almost every way imaginable, the sixth-ranked Cardinal return to face UCLA on Saturday night in the Pac-12 home opener. And the two programs don't appear any closer since Stanford left the Rose Bowl with a 35-0 victory last season.

The Cardinal (3-0, 1-0) trounced San Jose State, Duke and Arizona by a combined 138-27 before the break. The Bruins (2-2, 1-0) already have losses to Texas and Houston and had to squeak out wins against San Jose State and Oregon State.