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College Football Betting Preview: California Golden Bears vs. Utah Utes
October 14, 2023
The Cal Bears will travel to Salt Lake City, Utah to face the 16
-ranked Utah Utes in a battle of two Pac-12 teams on Saturday afternoon in week 7 of the college football season at Rice-Eccles Stadium with the game airing on the Pac-12 Network.
Cal enters this game with a record of 3-3 following a 40-52 loss at home against the Oregon State Beavers while failing to cover the 7.5-point spread as a home underdog in week 6 of the college football season. The Bears scored 40 points while compiling a total of 448 yards offensively which included 207 passing yards and 241 rushing yards while allowing 52 points and 498 total yards defensively which included 296 passing yards and 202 rushing yards. Fernando Mendoza led the team in passing, completing 21 of 32 attempts for 207 yards with two touchdowns and an interception while rushing for 41 yards. Isaiah Ifanse led the team in rushing with 11 carries for 86 yards and two touchdowns while adding one reception for nine yards and a touchdown. Jack Endries led the team in receiving, catching four of seven targets for 66 yards and a touchdown.
The Utah Utes enter this game ranked 16
in the AP Poll and 16
in the Coaches Poll with a record of 4-1 following a 7-21 loss on the road against the Oregon State Beavers while failing to cover the 4-point spread as a road underdog in week 5 of the college football season. Utah scored 7 points while compiling a total of 198 yards offensively which included 141 passing yards and 57 rushing yards while allowing 21 points and 358 total yards defensively which included 227 passing yards and 131 rushing yards. Nate Johnson led the team in passing, completing 8 of 23 attempts for 101 yards and a touchdown while rushing for three yards. Jaylon Glover led the team in rushing with 16 carries for 58 yards while adding a reception for 12 yards. Thomas Yassmin led the team in receiving, catching three of four targets for 59 yards and a touchdown.
BookMaker has the Utah Utes listed as 11-point favorites at home against the Cal Bears on Saturday afternoon in week 7 of the college football season. Utah has won five of the eight games all-time and two of the last three games in the series while the teams have both gone 4-4 ATS all-time while the Bears have gone 2-1 ATS in the last three meetings. Cal is 2-4 ATS overall, 1-1 ATS on the road, 1-2 ATS as an underdog, and 0-3 ATS in conference games this season while the Utah Utes are 2-2-1 ATS overall, 2-1 ATS at home, 2-1-1 ATS as a favorite, and 1-1 ATS in conference games on the year.
The Cal Bears have been the worst team in the Pac-12 at covering the spread this season going 2-4 ATS overall and have yet to cover the spread in a conference game going 0-3 ATS in conference play. I look for that trend to continue in this matchup which is why I am taking the Utah Utes -11 when they host the Cal Bears in week 7 of the college football season.
Spooky Express Pick: Utah Utes -11
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