California vs. Stanford in College Football Week 13

Jeff Grant

Thursday, November 21, 2013 4:45 PM GMT

Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013 4:45 PM GMT

The Big Game between the California Golden Bears and Stanford Cardinal has been played 115 times, as the two in-state rivals prepare to face off Saturday. Check out where our handicapper decided to place his money for his college football pick!

Let’s take a closer look at the college football odds for this Pac-12 Conference matchup at Stanford Stadium, with the opening kickoff scheduled for 4:00 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1.

Also make sure to check out SBRs Week 13 Betting Odds Report

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Forgettable season

California is 1-10 SU and 2-9 ATS during the 2013 campaign, as it prepares to square off against a top-25 for the fifth time, while also focused on trying to snap a three-game losing streak in this rivalry.

The Golden Bears have 13 players who have started or were projected starters prior to the season that are either out for the season or have missed multiple games due to injury.

Bouncing back

Stanford has won all five of its games following a SU loss under head coach David Shaw, as it attempts to bounce back from a 20-17 defeat to the USC Trojans as 3.5-point road favorites last Saturday.

The Cardinal have won 14 games in a row at this particular venue—the second-longest streak of its kind nationally.

It’s important to point out that this is the third straight season that the program will face California following a setback.

Throwing the ball around

Freshman All-American candidate Jared Goff has reached 3,314 passing yards and ranks second in single-season passing yards at California—needing 186 yards to break a school record of 3,499 set by Pat Barnes in 1996.

The Golden Bears rank third in the Pac-12 and 10th nationally in passing offense, averaging 333.4 yards per game, but will face one of college football best defensive units in this matchup.

Securing a win

College football handicappers are pretty confident that the Cardinal will come away with a SU victory over the Golden Bears by just looking over the betting lines, but it’s important to point out that they’ve attempted just 12 fourth-quarter passes in their eight wins this season.

Stanford running back Tyler Gaffney has carried the ball 127 times in his last four games, but Shaw may choose to grind the game out with other players down the stretch to conserve his energy for next week’s game against Notre Dame.

Prediction

I’m going to recommend that readers back the Golden Bears for their college football picks, as they’ve gone 3-0 ATS on the road when the betting total is between 52.5 and 56 the last two-plus seasons.

College Football Pick:  California Golden Bears +31.5

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