Utah at California - 10/1/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Utah Utes (4-0) at California Golden Bears (2-2)
College Football: Saturday, October 1, 2016 at 6:00 pm (California Memorial Stadium)
The Line: California Golden Bears -2.5 -- Over/Under: 67 See the Latest Odds
The Utah Utes and California Golden Bears square off Saturday afternoon in a key Pac-12 showdown at Memorial Stadium.
The Utah Utes hope to get off to a 5-0 start for the season straight season with another big road victory. Troy Williams is completing 62.5 percent of his passes for 993 yards, six touchdowns and four interceptions. Williams has moved the chains 38 times through the air this season. Tim Patrick and Raelon Singleton have combined for 525 receiving yards and six touchdowns while Cory Butler-Byrd has nine receptions. The Utah Utes ground game is averaging 173.5 yards per contest, and Zack Moss leads the way with 243 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Utah is allowing 15.8 points and 315 yards per game. Sunia Tauteoli leads the Utes with 32 tackles, Hunter Dimick has five sacks and Marcus Williams has two interceptions.
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The California Golden Bears have a chance to beat their third ranked opponent since the 2012 season. Davis Webb is completing 62.2 percent of his passes for 1,837 yards, 18 touchdowns and five interceptions. Webb has four or more touchdown passes in every game this season. Chad Hansen and Melquise Stovall have combined for 888 receiving yards and eight touchdowns while Demetris Robertson has 11 receptions. The California Golden Bears ground game is averaging 135.2 yards per contest, and Vic Enwere leads the way with 293 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, Cal is allowing 42.5 points and 491.8 yards per game. Raymond Davison leads the Golden Bears with 33 tackles, Cameron Saffle has two sacks and Luke Rubenzer has one interception.
The Utes are 10-3 ATS in their last 13 road games and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games following a ATS win. The Golden Bears are 8-20 ATS in their last 28 home games and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 conference games.
Cal has one of the best passing attacks in the country and has to like its chances at home here. However, Utah's defense is very well coached and is 29th in college football in passing yards allowed. Webb, who has had issues with turning the ball over recently, will be tested and find it hard to find open guys. The Utes defense is the second best in the Pac-12. Not to mention Utah is big up front offensively and is a physical team that wants to run the ball down your throat. I'm not sure the small and below average Cal defense is ready for this type of contest.
I've been big on Utah dating back to last season and think the Utes win this game on the road.