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California vs. Stanford - 12/1/18 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Stanford Cardinal (7-4) at California Golden Bears (7-4)
Date & Time Saturday December 1, 2018, 3:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: California Golden Bears +2 -- Over/Under:
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CFB | Stanford Cardinal (7-4) at California Golden Bears (7-4)
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The Stanford Cardinal take the field with the Cal Colden Bears in PAC-12 college football action on Saturday.

The Stanford Cardinal needed a huge effort from their offense in downing UCLA 49-42 to up their record to 7-4. Stanford was outgained 528-470 but won the turnover battle 2-1 although the Bruins scored on a 93 yard kick return.

KJ Costello carried the Cardinal pass happy offense connecting on 23-37 for 344 yards and five touchdowns and an interception while running twice for nine yards.

Bryce Love gave Stanford some yardage on the ground with 85 yards on 22 carries but subtract a 22 yard run and he averaged just over three yards per touch.

JJ Arcega-Whiteside was the top Cardinal receiving option with seven catches for 106 yards and three touchdowns with Trent Irwin totaling 103 yards and a TD on seven catches while Osiris St. Brown caught a 52 yard scoring strike.

The Cal Golden Bears improved to 7-4 following a 33-21 victory versus visiting Colorado which denied the Buffaloes Bowl eligibility. Cal was outgained 318-211 but played mistake free football and took full advantage of five Colorado turnovers with a pair of interceptions returns for touchdowns.

Golden Bears quarterback Chase Garbers completed 14-26 for 116 yards and a pair of touchdowns while running for a team high 47 yards on 12 carries. 

Patrick Laird ran 18 times for only 45 yards but did catch three passes for six yards and a score for Cal. Vic Wharton III topped the Golden Bears receiving corps with 61 yards on six receptions while Maurice Ways caught three passes for 43 yards and a TD.

Over is 4-0 in Stanford Cardinal last 4 conference games and over is 4-0 in Stanford Cardinal last 4 games overall and over is 4-0 in Stanford Cardinal last 4 vs. a team with a winning record. Cal Golden Bears are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games after accumulating less than 170 yards passing in their previous game and Cal Golden Bears are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games on fieldturf and Cal Golden Bears are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a ATS win. Stanford Cardinal are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 meetings in California and favorite is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 meetings and Stanford Cardinal are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 meetings. 

Stanford has enjoyed the bulk of the success in this matchup and I’ll hope that trend continues in a toss up…

Stanford -2 // will update

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