Pac-12 Picks: California vs Stanford 11/27/20 College Football Picks, Odds, Predictions

Pac-12 Picks: California vs Stanford 11/27/20 College Football Picks, Odds, Predictions Photo by Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

Stanford Cardinal (0-2) at California Golden Bears (0-2)

College Football: Friday, November 27, 2020 at 4:30 pm (California Memorial Stadium)

The Line: California Golden Bears -2.5 -- Over/Under: 53.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The California Golden Bears host the Stanford Cardinal when they meet Friday in week 13 PAC-12 college football rivalry action at California Memorial Stadium in Berkeley.

The Stanford Cardinal need a victory here to prevent their first 0-3 start since the 2006 CFB season. The Stanford Cardinal have lost five of their last six road games. Davis Mills is completing 55.4 percent of his passes for 327 yards, one touchdown and zero interceptions. Jack West and Mills have combined for 481 passing yards. Simi Fehoko and Michael Wilson have combined for 292 receiving yards on 18 catches while Connor Wedington has eight receptions. The Stanford Cardinal ground game is averaging 133.5 yards per contest, and Nathaniel Peat leads the way with 114 yards on 11 carries. Defensively, Stanford is allowing 35 points and 464 yards per game. Curtis Robinson leads the Stanford Cardinal with 14 tackles, Thomas Schaffer has one sack and Malik Antoine has one interception.

The California Golden Bears also need a win here to prevent an 0-3 start to the CFB season. The California Golden Bears have split their last six home games. Chase Garbers is completing 61.3 percent of his passes for 437 yards, three touchdowns and three interceptions. Garbers has seven touchdown passes in his last three games. Kekoa Crawford and Makai Polk have combined for 258 receiving yards and two touchdowns while Jake Tonges has nine receptions. The California Golden Bears ground game is averaging 89 yards per contest, and Marcel Dancy leads the way with 80 yards on 19 carries. Defensively, California is allowing 32.5 points and 400 yards per game. Elijah Hicks leads the California Golden Bears with 13 tackles, Cameron Goode has 0.5 sacks and Camryn Bynum has one interception.

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The Cardinal are 0-7 ATS in their last 7 road games, 0-5 ATS in their last 5 conference games and 0-6 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Golden Bears are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games on fieldturf, 10-3 ATS in their last 13 games in November and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 home games. The over is 4-1 in Cardinal last 5 games overall. The over is 5-2 in Golden Bears last 7 games overall. The Cardinal are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 meetings in California and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 meetings.

I'm not ready to completely give up on the Stanford Cardinal and coach David Shaw, but they've looked soft in the trenches through two games and their defensive effort just hasn't been there. The California Golden Bears were much more competitive last week against Oregon State than they were in their opener against UCLA, and they finally get a home game. Cal is much more trustworthy offensively with Garbers at quarterback, and the Golden Bears did beat the Cardinal when they met about a year ago. I just don't like what I've seen from Stanford through two games and another road game probably doesn't help in this spot. 

I'll lay the small chalk with Cal at home. 

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Randy’s Pick California Golden Bears -2.5

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