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College Football Betting Preview: Washington Huskies vs. California Golden Bears
September 23, 2023
This matchup features a pair of Pac-12 teams when the 2-1 Cal Bears travel to take on the #8-ranked Washington Huskies on Saturday night in week 4 of the college football season.
Cal enters this game with a record of 2-1 following a win on the road against the North Texas Mean Green by a score of 58-21 and at home against the Idaho Vandals by a score of 31-17 while losing at home to the Auburn Tigers by a score of 10-14 while the Washington Huskies enter this game with a record of 3-0 following wins at home against the Boise State Broncos by a score of 59-19 and the Tulsa Golden Hurricanes by a score of 43-10 while winning on the road against the Michigan State Spartans by a score of 41-7. Will the Huskies win in a rout at home or will the Bears keep the game closer than expected? Let’s take a look at how these teams have fared this season.
The Cal Bears enter this game with a record of 2-1 following a win at home against the Idaho Vandals by a score of 31-17 while failing to cover the 14.5-point spread as a home favorite in week 3 of the college football season. Cal scored 31 points while compiling a total of 370 total yards offensively which included 114 passing yards and 256 rushing yards while allowing 17 points and 387 total yards defensively which included 279 passing yards and 108 rushing yards. Sam Jackson V led the team in passing, completing 12-23 attempts for 108 yards and two touchdowns while rushing for 41 yards and a touchdown. Isaiah Ifanse led the team in rushing with 22 carries for 137 yards and a touchdown while adding three receptions for 15 yards. Jeremiah Hunter led the team in receiving, catching five of eight targets for 48 yards and a touchdown.
Washington enters this game ranked 8
in the AP Poll and 8
in the Coaches Poll with a record of 3-0 following a 41-7 win on the road against the Michigan State Spartans while covering the 14.5-point spread as a road favorite in week 3 of the college football season. The Huskies scored 41 points while compiling a total of 713 total yards offensively which included 536 passing yards and 177 rushing yards while allowing 7 points and 261 total yards defensively which included 208 passing yards and 53 rushing yards. Michael Penix Jr. led the team in passing, completing 27 of 35 attempts for 473 yards and four touchdowns. Tybo Rogers led the team in rushing with 15 carries for 74 yards. Rome Odunze led the team in receiving, catching eight of 12 targets for 180 yards.
BookMaker has the Washington Huskies listed as 21-point favorites at home against the Cal Bears on Saturday night in week 4 of the college football season. Washington has won seven of the last ten and two of the last three games while the Bears are 6-4 ATS in the last ten and 3-0 ATS in the last three games in the series. Cal is 2-1 ATS overall, 1-0 ATS on the road, and 1-0 ATS on the road while the Washington Huskies are 2-1 ATS overall, 1-1 ATS at home, and 2-1 ATS as a favorite on the year.
Washington is the more talented team this season and has been the better team in the series, winning seven of the last ten and two of the last three games. However, the Bears have been the better team at covering the spread in the series, going 6-4 ATS in the last ten and 3-0 ATS in the last three games in the series. As a result, I am taking the Cal Bears +21 on BookMaker for this matchup on Saturday night.
Spooky Express Pick: Cal Bears +21
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