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

Chris Roling@@Chris_RolingFeatured ColumnistNovember 21, 2013

STANFORD, CA - NOVEMBER 19:  Tyler Gaffney #25 of the Stanford Cardinal in action against the California Golden Bears at Stanford Stadium on November 19, 2011 in Stanford, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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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
PlayerPos.DateDetailsStatusInjury
Darius AllensworthDB11/18/2013is questionable for Saturday's game against StanfordQuestionablehead
Nathan BroussardLB08/25/2013will miss the entire seasonOutknee
Trey CheekDB11/18/2013is questionable for Saturday's game against StanfordQuestionablehead
Austin ClarkDT08/22/2013will miss the entire seasonOutknee surgery
Matt CochranG11/18/2013is questionable for Saturday's game against StanfordQuestionableankle
Nick ForbesLB10/30/2013is expected to miss the remainder of the seasonOutback
Khairi ForttLB11/18/2013is questionable for Saturday's game against StanfordQuestionablearm
Fabiano HaleRB11/18/2013is questionable for Saturday's game against StanfordQuestionablehead/ear
Mustafa JalilDT10/07/2013will miss the remainder of the seasonOutknee
Gabe KingDT10/25/2013has left the teamOutpersonal
Isaac LapiteCB11/18/2013is questionable for Saturday's game against StanfordQuestionableknee
Daniel LascoRB11/18/2013is questionable for Saturday's game against StanfordQuestionableshoulder
Chris McCainDE09/30/2013was dismissed from the teamOutdisciplinary
Stefan McClureCB10/12/2013will miss the remainder of the seasonOutknee
Hardy NickersonLB11/13/2013will miss the remainder of the seasonOutfoot
Avery SebastianS09/03/2013will miss the remainder of the seasonOutAchilles
Sione SinaDE08/22/2013will miss the entire seasonOutknee
David WilkersonLB08/22/2013has left the teamOutpersonal
USA Today
Cardinal Injury Report
PlayerPos.DateDetailsStatusInjury
Ben GardnerDE10/29/2013will miss the remainder of the seasonOuttorn pectoral muscle
Ikenna NwaforDT09/20/2013is out indefinitelyOutundisclosed
USA Today

Cardinal Injury Report (via USA Today)

Oct 26, 2013; Corvallis, OR, USA; Stanford Cardinal running back Tyler Gaffney (25) runs the ball in for a touchdown against the Oregon State Beavers during the 2nd half at Reser Stadium. Stanford defeated Oregon State 20-12. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisi
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Tyler Gaffeny Last Four Games
OppATT YDS AVG LNG TD
UCLA36 171 4.8 16 2
@Oregon State22 145 6.6 32 3
Oregon45 157 3.5 16 1
@USC24 158 6.6 35 2
ESPN

Can Stanford Rebound?

Nov 16, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Stanford Cardinal running back Tyler Gaffney (25) celebrates with receiver Michael Rector (3) after scoring a touchdown in the first quarter against the Southern California Trojans at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mand
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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:

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

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

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