California vs. Stanford College Football Picks: Only one head-to-head top-25 BCS matchup is featured this week and we head way out west to the Pac-10 in order to find it with No. 25 California visiting No.17 Stanford. While this rivalry does not get the national attention as does Ohio State/Michigan, it is no less intense. This game will kickoff at 7:30 pm and will be televised on the Versus network.
Both teams have plenty to play for in this one. Cal is trying to overcome injury and other set backs to strenghten its bowl position while Stanford still has an outside shot of winning a share of the Pac 10 title. Both teams are coming off wins last weekend, as Stanford defeated previously 11th-ranked USC, 55-21 while Cal scored a 24-16 victory over Arizona. The Cardinal have won three straight but have dropped six out of the last seven games.
College football picks oddsmakers at BetUS.com list Stanford as a 7-chalk ATS and -320 moneyline favorite versus the Golden Bears with a 61 1/2 total. Cal backers are getting +260 odds as a visiting underdog.
California shut down Arizona's two-point attempt late in the game as they pulled out a 24-16 victory in Week 11. California covered the 2.5-point spread, but the combined 40 points went UNDER that game's posted total of 55.5.
Shane Vereen carried the ball 30 times for 158 yards and a touchdown to lead the way.
Toby Gerhart rushed for three touchdowns as Stanford embarrassed USC 55-21 in Week 11.
The Cardinal pulled off the upset as 11.5-point favorites, while the final score played OVER the day's posted total of 59.
College football picks: We expect this game to go back and fourth. Historically these games between Cal and Stanford are razor close and today should be no exception. We like Cal getting the points.
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