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Cardinal take on Golden Bears in Week 8 contest

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Oct 20, 3:00 PM | Turf of California Memorial Stadium

Stanford Cardinal vs California Golden Bears Odds


In the match they simply call “The Game” 4-2 Stanford, coming off a very tough loss at Notre Dame, heads up the road to Berkeley to take on 3-4 Cal Saturday afternoon at Memorial Stadium (3 pm ET, Fox).

The Cardinal, who have a fair claim about some home-cooked refereeing in South Bend, were early 2.5-point favorites over the Bears, who come in with back-to-back Pac-12 wins over UCLA and Washington State.

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Betting Line: Those siding with the visitors in this one saw the Cardinal listed as 1.5-point favorites earlier this week at Bovada. Meanwhile, the over under line was 49 Friday at BetOnline.

Power Rankings / Prediction: The Golden Bears - Cardinal odds would favor the Cardinal if the lines were set according to power ranks. California is rated No. 75 in our latest OddsShark poll, while the Cardinal sit at No. 44. Math models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 33-29 win for the Cardinal.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits California's No. 60-ranked offense, averaging 28.9 PPG, against a Cardinal defense that ranks No. 36 this week at 21.5 PPG. The Golden Bears aerial game is averaging 221.6 yards per game, less than the Cardinal secondary allows through the air, 280.2 YPG per game.

Defensively, the Cardinal feature the league's No. 43-rated road run defense, allowing 143 yards per game. California, meanwhile, ranks No. 53 in rushing offense at home.

In their last action, Stanford was a 20-13 loser on the road against Notre Dame. They covered the 7.5-point spread as underdogs, while the combined score (33) was profitable news for UNDER bettors. Stepfan Taylor went over the 100-yard mark (102) in his team's latest effort, but Notre Dame still defeated Stanford by a score of 20-13.

Last time out for California, they were a 31-17 winner as they battled Washington State on the road. California covered in the match as a 7-point favorite, while 48 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. C.J. Anderson went over the 100-yard mark (112) in his team's latest effort as California defeated Washington State by a score of 31-17 on Saturday.

Stanford Cardinal Trends:
When playing in October are 9-1
When playing on turf are 5-5
After being outgained are 9-1
When playing within the conference are 8-2

California Golden Bears Trends:
When playing in October are 5-5
When playing on turf are 3-7
After outgaining opponent are 3-7
When playing within the conference are 6-4

A few Cardinal at Golden Bears trends to consider:
Stanford is 21-4 SU in its last 25 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Stanford's last 5 games when playing California
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Stanford's last 8 games on the road
Stanford is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of California's last 5 games when playing Stanford
California is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Stanford
California is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games at home
California is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games when playing Stanford

Next up:
Stanford home to Washington State, Saturday, October 27
California at Utah, Saturday, October 27