STAN­FORD over Cal­i­for­nia by 11

Playbook Football (Midweek Alert) - - Miami Florida Over -

Though many of you will view this matchup as ‘that game’ from the past where one team scored a last-sec­ond TD on a kick­off re­turn lat­eral-fest and the ball car­rier ran over the other team’s trom­bone player in the end zone, the Big Game be­tween Cal and Stan­ford is the old­est col­lege foot­ball ri­valry in the West. The in­ten­sity should ratchet up for this lat­est get­to­gether as the 5-5 Golden Bears need a win here or next week at UCLA to go bowl­ing. His­tory says their chances at clinch­ing aren’t good: Cal has sunk to a 2-16 SU and 5-13 ATS against Stan­ford, Ore­gon, UCLA and USC the last five years. There is some good news for the Bears as they’re fresh off a bye week and bring a road dog log of more than 10 points off a SUATS win into this con­test. Fol­low­ing last Satur­day’s take­down of Wash­ing­ton, Stan­ford looks poised to im­prove its re­cent se­ries record to 6-0 SUATS. Bad be­fore-and-af­ter num­bers – 0-5 ATS af­ter UDub and 4-12 ATS be­fore the Ir­ish when fac­ing Pac-12 foes – say it won’t hap­pen. In a clas­sic late sea­son con­test, an­other ri­valry dog gets the bone.

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