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Stanford and UCLA are Playing a College Football Game in an Empty Stadium

PALO ALTO, CALIFORNIA - OCTOBER 17:   The Stanford band performs before their game against the UCLA Bruins at Stanford Stadium on October 17, 2019 in Palo Alto, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Stanford and UCLA still both have a chance to turn their seasons around and on Thursday night they played a nationally-televised game at Stanford Stadium. Unfortunately, the crowd failed to materialize.

Hey, but at least these guys showed up:

Stanford has long had issues packing its stadium and UCLA has played in front of empty seats at the Rose Bowl all season. None of this is a surprise, it's just shocking that the Pac-12 and ESPN would pick this game to broadcast nationally. I get that these games are picked months in advance, but it was easy to see this coming.

There is absolutely no atmosphere and the product on the field is clearly suffering as a result. It's also suffering because both teams are largely awful, but I digress.