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Stanford Cardinal vs. California Golden Bears Pick, Odds, Prediction 11/23/13

California Golden Bears (1-10) at Stanford Cardinal (8-2)

College Football: Saturday, November 23, 2013 at 4:00 pm (Stanford Stadium)

The Line: Stanford Cardinal -32.5 -- Over/Under: 54.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: Fox Sports 1

The Stanford Cardinal and the Cal Golden Bear face off on Saturday for their college football rivalry simply called The Big Game.

The Stanford Cardinal had their destiny in their own hands but they allowed it to slip away as they fell to Southern Cal on Saturday. While the Rose Bowl may not be in the Cardinal future they still have plenty to play for. The Stanford offense is averaging 30.4 points and 383.1 yards per game. Kevin Hogan has completed 60 percent of his passes with 13 touchdowns and seven interceptions and he has rushed for two touchdowns. Tyler Gaffney has been the work horse in the Stanford backfield rushing for 1,201 tough yards and 15 touchdowns. Ty Montgomery has 45 catches and five touchdowns and Devon Cajuste has 22 catches and four touchdowns. Defensively Stanford allows 19.5 points and 345 yards per game amassing 32 sacks. Shayne Skov leads the defense with 81 tackles and three sacks, A.J. Tarpley has 72 tackles, and Ed Reynolds has 62 tackles. Stanford will need to bounce back in a hurry after the disappointing loss.

Stanford Cardinal vs. California Golden Bears Pick, Odds, Prediction 11/23/13

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The Cal Golden Bears have had a miserable season but if they can somehow manage a win over rival Stanford it could save the whole year. The Cal offense has been inept averaging 23.9 points and 460 yards per game. Jared Goff has completed 60.5 percent of his passes for 17 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Brendan Bigelow has rushed for 404 yards and two touchdowns and Khalfani Muhammad has rushed for 400 yards and four touchdowns. Bryce Treggs has 76 receptions and Chris Harper has 70 receptions and five touchdowns. The Cal defense allows 44.4 points per game and 522.9 yards. Cameron Walker has 65 tackles and Hardy Nickerson and Khairi Fortt each have 64 tackles. Sony Dykes has a serious rebuilding project ahead of him.

Stanford is 6-1 against the spread against a team with a losing record, 5-2 against the spread following a game that they didn’t cover the point spread, and 34-16-1 against the spread in their last 51 games. Cal is 7-19 against the spread following a loss, 2-10 against the spread against a team with a winning record, and 1-5 against the spread in their last six road games. The road team has covered the point spread in the last four meetings of these two teams.

While this is a rivalry and that changes a lot, it can’t change the disparity in these two teams and I look for Stanford to absolutely roll in this one. 

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