Stanford vs Cal Odds & Predictions: Betting Value on This Pac-12 Total

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Stanford vs Cal Odds

Saturday, Nov. 19
5:30 p.m. ET
Pac-12 Network
Stanford Odds
-110o / -110u
Cal Odds
-110o / -110u
Odds via BetMGM. Get up-to-the-minute college football odds here.

The Week 12 college football slate will be unlike many others this season. And that's because either Stanford or Cal will win a football game.

It's a battle of three-win teams in the Pac-12 between the Cardinal and Bears this Saturday.

Stanford has dropped three straight entering the weekend. Cal, meanwhile, probably can't remember the last time it won a game (it was Week 4).

In matchup of two teams that are a combined 7-13 against the spread, there's only one thing left to do: Not worry about either team covering and bet the total instead.

What Stanford Offense?

Stanford's offensive strengths: Tanner McKee is really tall.

Stanford's offensive weaknesses: How much time do you have until you need to be somewhere important?

The Cardinal have lost more running backs to injury this season than LeBron James promised rings with the Miami Heat, and now Stanford's resorted to a mesh-style offense to protect a line that can't block a mannequin.

The win against Notre Dame was awesome — until you realize it somehow backfired to kick-start a five-game streak in which the offense hasn't scored more than 16 points.

Stanford's covered just 20% of its games this season, tying the Cardinal with two other teams for the worst bet against the spread in college football.

They've dropped four straight games against the spread, including a 15-14 win over Arizona in Palo Alto (-3).

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More Like the Cal Bronze Bears, Amirite?

Somehow, it almost gets worse.

Cal's played a really clean game when the Bears have the ball — they pace the nation with just one turnover — but when it's bad, it's bad for Justin Wilcox's offense.

There have been some lows amid a six-game losing streak, which includes handing Colorado its only win of the season.

The Bears allow a ton of havoc and there's essentially no protection up front when quarterback Jack Plummer drops back, as they're basically bottom-10 against opposing pass rushers.

Cal's been a good bet to the over in its past three games, but that's all credit to a defense that has surrendered 121 points over that span.

Stanford vs Cal Matchup Analysis

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Stanford Offense vs. Cal Defense
Rush Success74122
Line Yards120100
Pass Success97123
Pass Blocking**112131
Finishing Drives6575
** Pass Blocking (Off.) vs. Pass Rush (Def.)

Cal Offense vs. Stanford Defense
Rush Success96124
Line Yards105129
Pass Success10865
Pass Blocking**12059
Finishing Drives79109
** Pass Blocking (Off.) vs. Pass Rush (Def.)

Pace of Play / Other
PFF Tackling9080
PFF Coverage102115
SP+ Special Teams12103
Seconds per Play26.1 (60)26.5 (68)
Rush Rate47.6% (104)41.8% (124)
Data via (CFBD), FootballOutsiders, SP+, Pro Football Focus and SportSource Analytics.

Stanford vs Cal Betting Pick

I've said all I need to say about these two offenses — or lack thereof.

Stanford (4.7) and Cal (5.1) are the second- and third-worst teams from a yards-per-play standpoint in the Pac-12.

Mind you, the Cardinal are only 0.1 yards better than Colorado, and more than half the college football fan base — Buffs fans included — would likely agree they don't even count this year.

It's the lowest total on the board in the conference for a reason, and I think there's a little bit of cushion, too.

Wilcox has been such a good under bet in Pac-12 play, going 25-12 over his past 37 games. I don't think the trend bucks against a hapless Stanford offense.

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