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Stanford vs. California - 11/18/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

California Golden Bears (5-5) at Stanford Cardinal (7-3)

College Football: Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 8:00 pm (Stanford Stadium)

The Line: Stanford Cardinal -17 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: Fox

The California Golden Bears will travel to Stanford Stadium to take on the Stanford Cardinal this Saturday night in College Football action.

The California Golden Bears improved to 5-5 (2-5 PAC-12 North) on the season after defeating the Oregon State Beavers 37-23, November 4th. California had trouble to putting Oregon State away early, however, scored 14 unanswered points between the 3rd and 4th quarters to pull away late. The Golden Bears outgained the Beavers by a 475-299 margin and lost the turnover battle by a 1-0 margin. Leading the way for California was QB Ross Bowers who completed 24 of 30 passes for 259 yards and 2 TD. On the season, the Golden Bears are averaging 29.2 ppg on 381.9 total yards per game (268.3 passing yds/g; 113.6 rushing yds/g). Offensively, California is led by QB Ross Bowers who has completed 58.1% of his passes on the season for 17 TD and 11 INT while averaging 261.5 passing yds/g. Bowers and the California offense have talent at receiver position in Vic Wharton III (5.3 rec/g, 75.2 yds/g, 5 TD), Kanawai Noa (5.2 rec/g, 77.3 yds/g, 4 TD) and Jordan Veasy (3.0 rec/g, 39.6 yds/g, 5 TD). The Golden Bears backfield is led by Patrick Laird (15.4 att/g, 88.4 yds/g, 7 TD) and Vic Enwere (9.8 att/g, 35.2 yds/g, 5 TD). Defensively, California is allowing their opponents to average of 29.4 ppg on 431.9 total yards per game (261.2 passing yds/g; 170.7 rushing yds/g). The Golden Bears have forced 22 turnovers on the season and have an overall turnover margin of +4.

Stanford vs. California - 11/18/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Stanford Cardinal improved to 7-3 (6-2 Pac-12 North) on the season after defeating the 9th ranked Washington Huskies, 30-22, this past Friday. Stanford was down by a 14-10 margin at halftime, however, scored the 20 unanswered points to start the 2nd half and held on late for the victory. The Cardinal outgained the Huskies by a 406-325 margin and won the turnover battle by a 1-0 margin. Leading the way for Stanford was RB Bryce Love who carried the ball 30 times for 166 yards and 3 TD. On the season, the Cardinal are averaging 33.3 ppg on 402.3 total yards per game (184.3 passing yds/g; 218.0 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Stanford has been led by RB Bryce Love who had 15 TD’s on the season and is averaging 180.2 yds/g on 20.1 att/g. QB K.J. Costello has completed 59.6% of his passes on the season for 4 TD and 1 INT while averaging 115.4 passing yds/g since replacing Keller Chryst as the Cardinal starter. WR JJ Arcega-Whiteside (3.8 rec/g, 64.5 yds/g, 5 TD), WR Trenton Irwin (3.3 rec/g, 35.4 yds/g, TD), and TE Kaden Smith (1.4 rec/g, 25.1 yds/g, TD) lead the way for the Stanford receivers. Defensively, Stanford is holding their opponents to an average of 21.4 ppg on 393.1 total yards per game (219.7 passing yds/g; 173.4 rushing yds/g). The Cardinal have forced 20 turnovers on the season and have an overall turnover margin of +11.

The Golden Bears are 7-18 ATS in their last 25 games on grass and 1-7 ATS in their last 8 road games. The Cardinal are 1-6-1 ATS in their last 8 games following a straight up win and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games following a ATS win.

California has lost 5 of their last 7 games and has really struggled defensively on the road this season as the Golden Bears has 39.3 ppg. Stanford picked up their biggest win of the season against Washington and is led by top rusher in all of College Football in Bryce Love. California has a nice start to their season, however, I really like what I’ve seen from the Stanford offense since they got Bryce Love back from injury and decided to start K.J. Costello. Overall, I just don’t see the Golden Bears defense slowing down the Carinal, I’m taking Stanford to cover this large home spread. 

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