Cal vs. Utah Prediction
Is No. 12 Utah giving up too many points at home when the Utes take on a defensive-minded Cal team tonight at 10PM ET?
Game Snapshot & Odds
141 California vs. 142 Utah
Saturday, October 26, 2019
10PM ET – Rice-Eccles Stadium
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Public Betting Trends
According to the latest oddsmakers, Utah is heavily favored at home, as the Utes are getting odds of -21 points against Cal. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 36.5 points. The public betting currently has 60 percent going on Cal as the road underdog. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our NCAAF Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game.
Utah holds down ASU
The Utah Utes are coming off a 21-3 win at home over Arizona State last weekend for a third straight victory. Utah is now 6-1 on the season, 3-1 in the Pac-12 Conference, 4-3 against the spread and 6-1 with the under.
Utah has one of the best defenses in the nation, allowing just 11.7 points and 252.1 yards per game. Offensively, Utah is averaging 32.9 points and 449.4 yards per game. Tyler Huntley has thrown for 1,564 yards and nine touchdowns, while also rushing for 229 yards and three scores. Zack Moss has rushed for 613 yards and eight touchdowns while Bryan Thompson has 12 catches for 324 yards and two touchdowns. The defense is being led by Devin Lloyd, who has 50 tackles with three sacks and an interception.
Bears on a big skid
California is coming off a 21-17 loss at home to Oregon State. The Golden Bears have now lost three straight after starting the season 4-0. Cal is 4-3 on the season, 1-3 in the Pac-12, 3-4 against the spread and 6-1 with the under.
The Bears have been led by their defense this year, as their offense has really struggled. Cal is giving up just 18.7 points and 359.6 yards per game, but the offense is putting up just 19.9 points and 324 yards per game. Injuries have eaten up Cal, as quarterbacks Chase Garbers and Devon Modster are both out due to injury, leaving Spencer Brasch to get the start. He has just six pass attempts this year. Christopher Brown Jr. is leading the offense with 480 rushing yards and four touchdowns. Nikko Remigio is the team’s leading receiver with 18 catches for 251 yards and a score. The defense is being led by Evan Weaver, who has 104 tackles with 2.5 sacks.
College Football Betting Trends
The Utes have covered the spread in six straight games in October, but just 2-5 ATS in their last seven games following a win.
The Golden Bears are 6-1 against the spread in their last seven road games and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 conference games.
The home team has won four straight in this series, but Cal has covered in three of the last four meetings. These two are both defensive-led teams and points are going to be hard to come by. There is a reason the total is so low. Utah is the better team, but I don’t think the Utes will be 21 points better tonight. Cal has had its last three losses come by just a combined 21 points, including a 10-point loss at Oregon. I like the Golden Bears to really make things tough on the Utah offense.
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