California vs. Stanford: TV Info, Spread, Injury Updates, Game Time and More

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California vs. Stanford: TV Info, Spread, Injury Updates, Game Time and More
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The California Golden Bears travel to Stanford Stadium Saturday to face the No. 9 Cardinal for a Pac-12 battle and the 116th edition of the Big Game.

David Shaw's team suffered a letdown last week against then-unranked USC. Coming off a major upset win over Oregon, the Cardinal came out flat against the Trojans and lost by three. Stanford now has two losses to the unranked this season.

As dreadful as things look, it could always be worse—just look at the Golden Bears. California sits at 1-10 on the year and has lost nine in a row. In its 10 losses, California has come within 10 points once.

The following is everything to know about the Pac-12 matchup before Saturday rolls around.

 

When: Saturday, Nov. 23 at 4 p.m. ET

Where: Stanford Stadium, Stanford, Calif.

Television: FS1

Live Stream: ESPN3

Betting Lines (via Vegas Insider)

  • Over/Under: N/A
  • Spread: Stanford (-31.5)

 

Golden Bears Injury Report (via USA Today)

Golden Bears Injury Report
Player Pos. Date Details Status Injury
Darius Allensworth DB 11/18/2013 is questionable for Saturday's game against Stanford Questionable head
Nathan Broussard LB 08/25/2013 will miss the entire season Out knee
Trey Cheek DB 11/18/2013 is questionable for Saturday's game against Stanford Questionable head
Austin Clark DT 08/22/2013 will miss the entire season Out knee surgery
Matt Cochran G 11/18/2013 is questionable for Saturday's game against Stanford Questionable ankle
Nick Forbes LB 10/30/2013 is expected to miss the remainder of the season Out back
Khairi Fortt LB 11/18/2013 is questionable for Saturday's game against Stanford Questionable arm
Fabiano Hale RB 11/18/2013 is questionable for Saturday's game against Stanford Questionable head/ear
Mustafa Jalil DT 10/07/2013 will miss the remainder of the season Out knee
Gabe King DT 10/25/2013 has left the team Out personal
Isaac Lapite CB 11/18/2013 is questionable for Saturday's game against Stanford Questionable knee
Daniel Lasco RB 11/18/2013 is questionable for Saturday's game against Stanford Questionable shoulder
Chris McCain DE 09/30/2013 was dismissed from the team Out disciplinary
Stefan McClure CB 10/12/2013 will miss the remainder of the season Out knee
Hardy Nickerson LB 11/13/2013 will miss the remainder of the season Out foot
Avery Sebastian S 09/03/2013 will miss the remainder of the season Out Achilles
Sione Sina DE 08/22/2013 will miss the entire season Out knee
David Wilkerson LB 08/22/2013 has left the team Out personal

USA Today

Cardinal Injury Report (via USA Today)

Cardinal Injury Report
Player Pos. Date Details Status Injury
Ben Gardner DE 10/29/2013 will miss the remainder of the season Out torn pectoral muscle
Ikenna Nwafor DT 09/20/2013 is out indefinitely Out undisclosed

USA Today

Can Stanford Rebound?

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Stanford's loss last week is devastating to what were once national title hopes.

Now running back Tyler Gaffney and the Cardinal have a tune-up game before they end the season against Notre Dame.

Speaking of Gaffney, the senior back has been superb in recent weeks—win or lose:

Tyler Gaffeny Last Four Games
Opp ATT YDS AVG LNG TD
UCLA 36 171 4.8 16 2
@Oregon State 22 145 6.6 32 3
Oregon 45 157 3.5 16 1
@USC 24 158 6.6 35 2

ESPN

Stanford scored just 17 points a week ago. Surpassing that mark against the Golden Bears should not be an issue as California ranks No. 121 in scoring defense with an average of over 44 points allowed per game.

With Gaffney churning away on the ground and the nation's No. 18 scoring defense presumably playing at a high level as usual, Stanford has a quality shot at turning things around.

 

Prediction

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A sixth consecutive 100-yard day for Gaffney is in the cards Saturday against California. 

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Even better, junior quarterback Kevin Hogan can take the opportunity to turn things around. He has failed to throw a touchdown or net more than 130 passing yards in three consecutive games. 

Stanford's defense must be aware of California freshman quarterback Jared Goff (3,314 yards, 17 touchdowns), but Cardinal linebacker Trent Murphy has 12 sacks on the year and will be able to hit the signal-caller early and often.

Gaffney and Stanford cruise to a victory here.

 

Final Score: Cardinal 42, Golden Bears 14

 

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