California Golden Bears vs. Texas Longhorns - 9/17/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Texas Longhorns (2-0) at California Golden Bears (1-1)
College Football: Saturday, September 17, 2016 at 10:30 pm (California Memorial Stadium)
The Line: California Golden Bears +8 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Texas Longhorns will travel to play the California Golden Bears in an exciting week 3 non-conference game.
The California Golden Bears are 1-1 this season after losing to San Diego State by a score of 45-40. California fell down by double digits before roaring back and falling just short in their comeback attempt. The California offense is averaging 45.5 points per game with 135.5 rushing yards per game and 481.5 passing yards per game. Davis Webb is completing 62.7% of his passes for 963 yards, 9 touchdowns, and 3 interceptions this season. Vic Enwere has rushed for 145 yards, while Khalfani Muhammad has rushed for 101 yards and 1 touchdown for Cal. Chad Hansen has caught 28 passes for 350 yards and 3 touchdowns, while Vic Wharton III has caught 9 passes for 133 yards for the Golden Bears. The California defense is giving up 38 points per game with 291 rushing yards per game and 181.5 passing yards per game. Cameron Saffle has led the Cal defense with 13 tackles and 2.5 tackles for loss, while DeVante Wilson has added 8 tackles, 2 tackles for loss, and 1 sack. Matt Anderson has gone 5-5 on field goal attempts for Cal, with a long of 45 yards.
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The Texas Longhorns are 2-0 this season after beating UTEP by a score of 41-7. Texas played great defense in this game and was able to coast to the victory in the second half. The Texas offense is averaging 45.5 points per game with 204 rushing yards per game and 262.5 passing yards per game. Shane Buechele is completing 71.7% of his passes for 524 yards, 6 touchdowns, and 1 interception. Chris Warren III has rushed for 141 yards and 1 touchdown, while Tyrone Swoopes has rushed for 56 yards and 3 touchdowns for the Longhorns. John Burt has caught 8 passes for 139 yards and 1 touchdown, while Jerrod Heard has caught 8 passes for 119 yards and 2 touchdowns for Texas. The Texas defense is giving up 27 points per game with 170.5 rushing yards per game and 155.5 passing yards per game. Breckyn Hager has led the Texas defense with 13 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, and 1 sack, while Malik Jefferson has added 13 tackles, 1 tackle for loss, and 1 sack. Trent Domingue has gone 3-3 on field goals for Texas, with a long of 43 yards.
Texas is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games against the PAC-12 and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games. The under is 7-1 in the last 8 road games for Texas. Cal is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 September games and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games following an ATS win. The over is 4-0 in Cal’s last 4 games.
These two teams played a very exciting game last year, and I expect more of the same in this game. The Cal passing game has been strong this season, while Texas has been nicely balanced on offense. I think the Texas defense is slightly better than Cal, but how will the freshman quarterback for Texas handle a tough environment? This is a tough game to pick, but I will take the home team and the points.