2013 ESPN2 College Football Week 1 Pick: Northwestern vs. California Print
Written by Drew Sharper   
Saturday, 31 August 2013 18:00
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Northwestern vs. Cal Pick

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BERKELEY, CA (The Spread) – California Memorial Stadium should see some good football on Saturday as No. 23 Northwestern faces Cal at 10:30PM ET on ESPN2.

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Northwestern is coming off a 10-3 record last season where it was an impressive 12-1 against the spread. Cal struggled to a 3-9 record in 2012 and it also went 3-9 against the spread. This is the first meeting between these two teams.

Odds: The oddsmakers from Bovada.lv have Northwestern as the favorite on the road, as the Wildcats have odds of -5.5 points against Cal. The over/under total for the game has been set at 60 points

Line Movement: The opening odds for this game had Northwestern favored by 6 points. The spread hit a peak of 6.5 before falling back to Northwestern -5.5. The over/under total opened at 59 points and hit a low of 58 before climbing up to 60.

Public Betting: Of the wagers that have been placed on this game, 71% of the wagers are going on Northwestern with a point spread of -5.5 against Cal on Saturday night. Be sure to click on the public betting link to get the latest odds and betting percentages.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL FREE PICK: Take Northwestern. According to latest college football trends, the Wildcats have covered the spread in 6 of their last 7 games and their last 5 non-conference games. Cal is just 1-6 ATS in its last 7 home games. Northwestern may have one of the best offenses in the country this year and the Wildcats are facing a defense that gave up nearly 450 yards per game. Northwestern is trying to prove it can contend in the Big Ten this year, and a sizeable win at Cal would do the trick. Look for the Wildcats to win by two scores.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL WEEK 1 FREE PICK: NORTHWESTERN -5.5

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