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College Football Betting Preview: Auburn Tigers vs. California Bears

September 9, 2023


Both teams started the 2023 college football season off with wins and will be looking to start the season off 2-0 as the Auburn Tigers travel to take on the Cal Bears in week 2 of the college football season. Auburn won in week 1 against the UMass Minutemen at home by a score of 59-14 while the Cal Bears won on the road against the North Texas Mean Green by a score of 58-21. Which team will start the season off 2-0 with a win in week 2 of the college football season? Let’s take a closer look at how these teams are performing this season.

The Auburn Tigers enter this game with a record of 1-0 following a 59-14 win at home in week 1 of the college football season against the UMass Minutemen while covering the 35-point as a home favorite. Auburn scored 59 points while compiling a total of 494 total yards offensively which included 203 passing yards and 291 rushing yards while allowing 14 points and 301 total yards defensively which included 161 passing yards and 140 rushing yards. 

Payton Thorne led the team in passing, completing 10 of 17 attempts for 141 yards and a touchdown while adding 15 rushing yards. Sean Jackson led the team in rushing with five carries for 64 yards and a touchdown. Malcolm Johnson Jr. led the team in receiving, catching both targets for 59 yards.

Cal started the season off with a win on the road against the North Texas Mean Green by a score of 58-21 while covering the 5-point spread as a road favorite in week 1 of the college football season. The Bears scored 58 points while compiling 669 total yards offensively which included 312 passing yards and 357 rushing yards while allowing 21 points and 225 total yards defensively which included 184 passing yards and 41 rushing yards. 

Stone Earle led the team in passing, completing 12 of 19 attempts for 174 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions. Isaiah Johnson led the team in rushing with six carries for 34 yards. Ja’Mori Maclin led the team in receiving, catching four of six targets for 122 yards and two touchdowns.

BookMaker has the Auburn Tigers listed as 6-point favorites on the road against the Cal Bears on Saturday night in week 2 of the college football season. This will be the first time in the history of these two programs that they will face each other in college football. 

Auburn is 1-0 ATS overall and 1-0 ATS as a favorite this season after finishing last season with a record of 5-6-1 ATS overall, 2-1-1 ATS on the road, and 2-3 ATS as a favorite while the Cal Bears are 1-0 ATS overall this season after finishing last year with a record of 7-5 ATS overall, 5-2 ATS at home, and 4-3 ATS as an underdog.

Auburn looks like a new team with Hugh Freeze as head coach, however, the Tigers will be facing a tougher opponent in week 2 of the college football season when they travel to take on the Cal Bears. I give the slight edge to Cal in terms of talent and getting them with points is a nice added bonus which is why I am taking the Cal Bears +6 at home against the Auburn Tigers on BookMaker.

Spooky Express Pick: Cal Bears +6