Free Week 13 Prediction: Cardinal vs. Bears Odds
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College Football Handicapping: Week 13
(0-2) Stanford Cardinal vs. Cal Bears (0-2)
Date: Friday, November 27th, 2020
Time: 4:00 pm EST
Venue: California Memorial Stadium, Berkeley, California
NCAA Football Spread: Bears -1.5
NCAA Betting Total: 52.5
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This is a rivalry but you have to think this might be the tamest iteration of it in some time.
Not only are these teams winless to start but you have it being the day after Thanksgiving in a pandemic year.
Stanford has been bad while Cal has been a huge disappointment. What happened to their defense?
The Cardinal did not play last week, their game against Washington State cancelled due to COVID-19.
I am not sure they would have won that one though so perhaps some extra time gives them a chance to regroup after a tough start.
The defense has lost its identity over the last few seasons. They used to maul teams in the trenches and win the battle upfront. Not anymore.
The offense used to be the same way too. Playing Stanford was something you felt for the next month. They still have the raw material on the offensive line but killer instinct seems to have faded.
Stanford is very likely staring down a season without a win if they do not get one here. Cal might not be the worst team on their remaining schedule but this is a good spot for one of these teams to get one.
This season began with a lot of promise for Cal. They were supposed to have a monster of a defense and enough experience on offense to compete every week.
Playing back-to-back road games has not helped but when you give up more than 30ppg it is tough to win. Especially for the Bears whose offense has been spotty.
They were better against Oregon State last week but are still far from good. Chase Garbers has experience, but it looks like he is what he is at this point. A QB who is very limited. When he makes mistakes he kills them.
Similar to Stanford, Cal is in a tough spot. If they do not get this win at home they might not get one this season. That puts a little extra pressure on everyone this week.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- STAN are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 Fri. games.
- Over is 9-3 in STAN last 12 games as an underdog.
- Under is 12-4 in CAL last 16 games on fieldturf.
- Under is 14-5 in CAL last 19 conference games.
Free Week 13 NCAA Football Pick
Rivalry games on Thanksgiving weekend are supposed to be showcase games. This one is not going to be one of those, sadly. More like last team to make a mistake loses.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: Cal -1.5
Given what we have seen from both teams this season has been pretty poor I am basing this one more on preseason expectations. Prior to the year Cal would have been very solid favourites.
Therefore this one is somewhat of a buy low opportunity and you only need the Bears to win by a field goal. Not my favourite play of the weekend but I will take it.
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