The Big Game is set for Friday, November 27, 2020, when the Stanford Cardinal (0-2) visit the California Golden Bears (0-2). These are two bottom teams in the Pac-12 North division. This game will air live on FOX at 4:00 p.m. EST.
Through two games, the Stanford offense is averaging 23.0 points per game and 405.0 yards per game, 271.5 through the air and 133.5 on the ground. Nathaniel Peat leads the team with 114 rushing yards and Simi Fehoko has a team high eight receptions for 162 yards. Defensively, the Cardinal are allowing 35.0 points and 464.0 yards, 241.0 passing and 223.0 rushing.
The Cal offense is averaging just 18.5 points per game and 307.5 yards per game, 218.5 through the air and 89.0 on the ground. Marcel Dancy leads the team with 20 rushing yards and Kekoa Crawford has a team high 11 receptions for 151 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, the Golden Bears are allowing 32.5 points and 400.0 yards, 175.5 passing and 224.5 rushing.Below is my pick for the Stanford Cardinal at Cal Golden Bears. All odds are from FanDuel Sportsbook.
Stanford Cardinal at California Golden Bears (-1.5): O/U 52.5 (-112/-108)
Last time out, Stanford hosted the Colorado Buffaloes and suffered a tough 35-32 defeat. Colorado led most of this game, but Stanford gave themselves a chance late with 16 unanswered fourth quarter points. Stanford got the ball back with 10 seconds left but had to go the length of the field to tie, or win, and could not pull off the miracle. QB Davis Mills went 31/56 for 327 yards, one touchdown, zero interceptions, and added an additional 36 rushing yards and one touchdown. The Stanford defense allowed 432 total yards and forced one Colorado interception.
Cal visited the Oregon State Beavers and suffered a tough, late 31-27 defeat. This game featured six different lead changes and was not decided until Oregon State scored the go-ahead touchdown with 4:30 remiaing in the game. QB Chase Garbers went 28/42 for 315 yards, three touchdowns, and two interceptions. Wide receiver Kekoa Crawford exploded for 141 yards and one touchdown with 10 receptions.
Series History: Cal won the game last season, but Stanford still leads the all-time series 59-44-10.
CFB Predictions: I like Cal -1.5 to get their first win of the season.
2020 CFB Picks Results: 42-25