We have the Pac-12 Conference to consider for Friday afternoon when the 0-2 Stanford Cardinal faces the 0-2 California Bears. Stanford hasn’t played since a November 14 home loss to Colorado and California suffered a road loss to Oregon State. Which team will leave the field with a much-coveted win?
Stanford 0-2 This SeasonStanford is off to an 0-2 start to their season and this gives the Cardinal a six-game losing streak dating back to last season. The defense allows 35 points per game and until this defense is able to deliver more than another mediocre performance, the Cardinal will continue to lose games.
Senior quarterback Davis Mills started last week and threw for 327 yards with a touchdown with 36 additional rushing yards and a score. His primary targets are wideouts Semi Fohoko and Michael Wilson with a combined 292 receiving yards. They face a Bears defense allowing 175 passing yards per contest and 155 yards last week to Oregon State.
The Cardinal has a pair of backs that make valuable use of their time. Nathaniel Peat has 114 rushing yards on 11 attempts and Austin Jones scampered for 109 yards with three touchdowns on 29 carries. Cal allows a whopping 224.5 rushing yards per game and allowed 205 last week to Oregon State. If Stanford wants to win this game it will need to succeed on the ground and these two backs should smash on Friday.
The Stanford defense allows an average of 464 yards of offense per game. They face a Cal offense averaging 18.5 points and 360 yards per contest. Cal scored 27 points with 439 yards in their loss to Oregon State but a pair of interceptions hurt them. Stanford has one sack with two interceptions and may give the Bears passing game difficulties.
Garber Throws Three InterceptionsCal is 0-2 this season and has difficulty scoring points (18.5) as well as stopping other teams from scoring an average of 32.5 points per game. The Bears seem to generate enough offense to score points but they turn the ball over at crucial times and the defense ends up on the field too long and in bad field position.
Junior quarterback Chase Garbers has thrown for 437 yards with three touchdowns and all three interceptions came in last week’s road loss to Oregon State. Wideouts Kekoa Crawford and Makai Polk are the primary targets and they’ve combined for 258 yards with a pair of touchdown receptions. They face a Stanford defense allowing 241 passing yards per contest and 255 yards last week against Colorado.
Cal hasn’t done much running the football this season but Marcel Dancy has racked up 80 yards on 19 attempts and Damien Moore has 47 yards on 16 attempts. They face a Cardinal defense allowing 223 rushing yards per contest and 177 yards last week to the Buffaloes.
The Bears defense allows an average of 400 yards of offense and 32.5 points per game. They allowed only 360 yards last week to Oregon State but that had more to do with field position than anything else. The defense has one sack with two interceptions.
Stats & Trends
- Cardinal is 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games as a road underdog.
- Cardinal is 0-5 ATS in their last 5 conference games.
Cal is 1.5 point home favorites and I like the number and I like the Bears. Garbers can sling it and while the interceptions are scary he probably won’t throw three against Stanford like he did last week. Stanford can’t seem to stop the run or the pass and I see the Bears beating them on the ground and through the air. Stanford will get their points but California is definitely two points better than the Cardinal. I will lay the points and take Cal to cover the spread.