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Week 12: Stanford at CAL Matchup

The 2010 College Football season heads into Week 12 and Veteran sportswriter Matt Martz will preview all of the weekly PAC-10 match ups throughout the season, providing some insight to help make your college football wagers winners. Check back every week for your complete source for NCAA football gambling right here on CappersPicks.com.

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Date/Time: Saturday, November 20, 3:30 PM EST
Venue: Memorial Stadium in Berkeley, CA.
Broadcast: Versus
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Spread: Stanford -7
Over/Under: 51 ½
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The 113th Big Game between the No.6 Stanford Cardinal and the Cal Golden Bears is just that –possibly the biggest regular PAC 10 game of the season. At least for Stanford anyway, which wants to keep its hopes for a BCS bowl — Rose or otherwise — alive.

Looking to play spoiler to this annual rivalry, Cal will hope to repeat its 1982 performance that has become referred to as “The Play”, in which the Golden Bears ran back a last second kickoff return for the game-winning touchdown, running through the Stanford marching band that mistakenly came onto the field.

They will need to bring the same defense that foiled No. 1 Oregon last week, holding the Eugene Machine to a season low 15 points. Oregon hadn’t scored less than 42 points this year.

Succumbing to the Ducks15-13, Cal blew its chance take a 16-15 lead early in the fourth quarter, when kicker Giorgio Tavecchio missed a 29-yard field goal. He made a 24-yarder just seconds earlier, but it was called back due to a Golden Bears’ penalty. Oregon then controlled the clock for most of the fourth quarter, preserving their perfect 10-0 record.

Despite the loss, the G-Bears could be happy holding the high octane Ducks to just 317 total yards, way below its average of 567.2 YPG.

We already know that the G-Bears are a different team at home (4-1) and rank 10th in defense, but the question remains can they put up enough points to win? The offense scores just 28.3 PPG (ranked 55th nationally) and doesn’t particularly run or pass very well, especially without senior quarterback Kevin Riley who started the first eight games before a season-ending knee injury.

His replacement, junior quarterback Brock Mansion is 36-of-77for 381 yards for the year. He had just 69 passing yards against Oregon.

The Cal weapon of choice has been RB Shane Vereen who has 998 yards thus far, but you can be sure the Stanford defense will be keying on him.

Meanwhile, Stanford QB Andrew Luck will be looking to make a statement for his Heisman Trophy candidacy as he tries to guide his sixth ranked and PAC-10 second place Cardinal team, one win closer to a Rose Bowl appearance should Oregon make the national title game.

Luck will need a better performance out of his offense that narrowly squeaked by Arizona 17-13 last week, powered by a winning drive with just over five minutes remaining. It was the first time the Cardinal offense failed to score less than at least 31 points this season.

Of course, Luck was missing his No. 2 receiver Chris Owusu (394 yards, 3 TDs) who is still questionable for this week’s contest.

Stanford will need to get off to an early scoring frenzy as they have so often this season scoring 39.8 PPG (ranked ninth nationally).

Defensively they are strong allowing just 20 PPG (27th nationally), and have no real issues from injuries or lapses as of late.

The Cardinal hold a 55-46-11 edge in a series that dates to 1892, but Stanford has lost seven of eight to Cal since 2000.

Worst-case scenario for the Cardinal, should they win–the Alamo Bowl. On the other hand, Cal needs to win one of its final two games to be bowl eligible.

This will be a close fought battle with all kinds of postseason implications on the line. However, just like every other Stanford game I predicted the outcome on, expect for its loss to Oregon, a little “Luck” will be the difference here.

Free Pick: Stanford

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Matt Martz is a sports writer for the Bakersfield Californian located in Central California. Blessed is the gambler who expects nothing, for ye shall not be disappointed.

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