California Golden Bears (5-5, 2-5) at Stanford Cardinal (7-3, 6-2)
How to Watch:
Start Time: Saturday, November 18, 5:00p.m. PST
Location: Stanford Stadium — Stanford, California
Radio: Tune In
Live Streaming: Fox Sports Go
Pac-12 Championship still on the line for Stanford:
The Stanford Cardinal are set to host the California Golden Bears for the 120th Big Game. Losses to USC and Washington State put a dent in Stanford’s hopes of winning the Pac-12 North but a huge win against the Washington Huskies last Friday opened the door back open for Stanford. The Cardinal still need to win Big Game, take home the Stanford Axe, and Washington needs to beat Washington State in the Apple Cup next week. If those things happen Stanford will get a rematch with the USC Trojans in the Pac-12 Conference Championship game.
Cal Bears hope to end Big Game Losing streak and get bowl eligible:
Cal has not beaten Stanford since 2009. Seven straight losses have plagued the Bears. Perhaps even more agonizing is that outside of 2011 those games were not particularly close. Certainly the Bears are hoping that new coach Justin Wilcox will end this streak.
The Bears are 5-5 on the season at this point last year the Bears were 4-6 but had lost 4 of their last five games. The Bears need one more win to get to the all important six wins on the season to qualify for a bowl game. Cal has Big Game on the Farm tonight and a trip south to take on UCLA next week left on the schedule to get to six.
Vegas Odds: Stanford -14, 55.5 O/U
FPI Matchup Predictor: Stanford 88.6% win probability
S&P+ Ratings: 35-22 Stanford victory
Massey Rankings: Stanford win probability of 86% with a projected final score of 35-20
CFB Predictions Composite: Stanford wins by 15 points with 100% picking Stanford
Justin Wilcox had a bad weekend the last time he went up against Stanford:
Fun rewind time. In the 2015 Pac-12 Conference Championship game between Stanford and USC Justin Wilcox was the defensive coordinator for the Trojans. Christian McCaffrey made it a particularly bad night to be the guy with that job title. First apparently Wilcox was having an F-bomb laden meltdown for most of the game. Then he allegedly had no actual clue who was even supposed to be on McCaffrey. Then less than 24 hours later Wilcox and pretty much everyone else on the defensive staff were fired.
This trip across the Bay almost certainly has to go better for Wilcox. In fairness, not certain it can go much worse.
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