California travels to Stanford for the annual grid-iron battle between the two high-profile academic institutions. Although both have great academic reputations, California’s football program isn’t as well regarded as Stanford’s. Stanford has one of the top football programs in the nation. California appeared to have one of the top up and coming programs in the nation until losing 4 games in a row. The college football week 12 odds favor Stanford by 12-points to beat Cal. Who wins in this rivalry battle?
A Closer Look At The California Golden Bears Vs Stanford Cardinal College Football Week 12 Odds & Betting Preview
What: California Golden Bears (6-4) at No. 15 Stanford Cardinal (8-2)
When: Saturday, November 21, 2015
Kickoff: 10:30 PM ET
Where: Stanford, CA
Stadium: Stanford Stadium
Weather: 69° F | More Sun than Clouds
Spread: Stanford -12
Moneyline: California +370 vs Stanford -465
Game Total: 64.5
Stream: Watch ESPN
Listen: California vs Stanford
Bet The California Golden Bears Odds at +12 Because…
Last week, Stanford gave up 9.1 yards per play, the highest total against a Jim Harbaugh or Shaw-coached unit.
California is a team that wins via its offense. In the Golden Bears’ 4 losses, Cal scored 24 points against Utah, 24 against UCLA, and 21 against USC. In Cal’s 4 wins before last Saturday’s victory over Oregon State, the Bears had scored 73, 35, 45, 30 against Washington and 34 against Washington State.
Against Oregon State, California’s offense finally went back to being the awesome unit that everybody believed it was after the first few weeks of the season. The Bears dominated the Beavers 54 to 24. QB Jared Goff finally got it going. He passed for 453 yards and threw 6 touchdowns against the Beavers.
“We were still on the field, and I was already like, ‘we’re playing Stanford this week. I’m fired up,'” Cal linebacker Hardy Nickerson said. “It’s Big Game week. You’ve gotta prepare a little extra, watch a little more film, lift a little bit more. Every little bit counts and I can’t wait to step out there Saturday.”
Bet The Stanford Cardinal Odds at -12 Because…
Stanford has outscored Cal 201-75 the past 5 years, including a 63-13 win at home in 2013.
Stanford had a chance to be a special team this season. The Cardinal was ranked 7th in the College Football Playoff. All Stanford needed to do was beat Oregon, beat Cal and beat Notre Dame and their place in history might have been secured.
But, Stanford failed against Oregon in a surprising 36 to 38 loss this past Saturday. It was the first loss that the Cardinal had suffered since Week 1 when they dropped a game to Northwestern 6 to 16. Stanford showed their resiliency after the Northwestern loss when running off 8 straight wins. The Cardinal also went 7 and 1 against the spread after losing to Northwestern.
“We’re living life in the windshield right now,” coach David Shaw said. “[The College Football Playoff] is in the rearview mirror. We have one game to go the Pac-12 championship game, and that’s what we’re going to focus on.”
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction
Stanford is not the type of team to just lie down and wait for the kicks after being disappointed. Sure, they may have cried for about 15 minutes after losing to Oregon, but then Coach Shaw reminded them that they could still win the Pac 12. Expect Stanford to come out and dominate Cal in this game. My final score prediction is Stanford 52, California 28.