California vs. Washington Pick
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, Washington is favored at home tonight, as the Huskies are getting odds of -28.5 points against the Bears. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 52 points. The road team has won and covered the spread in three straight meetings between these two. Tonight’s game takes place from Husky Stadium in Seattle, Washington. The contest airs live on ESPN.
Washington is off to a 5-0 start following a 42-7 win at Oregon State last week. The Huskies are 2-0 in the Pac-12 and 3-2 against the spread. Washington is just 1-1 ATS at home. The Huskies have had a dominant defense thus far, allowing just 10.8 points and 256 yards per game. Their pass defense has been the strength of the unit, allowing only 153.8 yards per game. On offense, Washington is putting up 44 points and 443.4 yards per game. Jake Browning has thrown for 1,251 yards and 12 touchdowns to lead the offense while Myles Gaskin has 468 rushing yards with six touchdowns. Dante Pettis has caught 27 passes for 368 yards and six scores while also returning three punts for scores.
Cal has lost its last two games to fall to 3-2 on the season and 0-2 in the Pac-12. The Golden Bears are 3-2 against the spread on the year and 1-1 ATS on the road. California is posting 27.8 points and 395.6 yards per game on offense this season. Ross Bowers has thrown for 1,357 yards and nine touchdowns, but also has eight interceptions. Patrick Laird is the leading rusher with 388 yards and four scores. Defensively, Cal is allowing 28.2 points and 448.4 yards per game.
Washington has a lot of ground to make up right now, but the Huskies have the trends on their side. Washington has covered the spread in four straight conference games and in five of their last seven after a win. Cal is 1-5 ATS in their last six road games and 2-6 ATS in their last eight against winning teams. Washington has a great mix of defense and offense. The defense should be able to stop Cal’s offense, as the Bears aren’t as strong as they usually are. The Cal defense should also have trouble with the mix of pass and run that Washington can bring.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL PREDICTION: WASHINGTON -28.5