Arizona State Sun Devils vs. California Golden Bears - 9/24/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
California Golden Bears (2-1) at Arizona State Sun Devils (3-0)
College Football: Saturday, September 24, 2016 at 10:00 pm (Sun Devil Stadium)
The Line: Arizona State Sun Devils -4 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The California Golden Bears will travel to play the Arizona State Sun Devils in a PAC-12 game in week 4.
The Arizona State Sun Devils are 3-0 this season after beating Texas San Antonio by a score of 32-28 in week 3. Arizona State struggled for most of this game but was able to score 17 unanswered points in the fourth quarter for the win. The Arizona State offense is averaging 48 points per game with 260.7 rushing yards per game and 265 passing yards per game. Manny Wilkins is completing 66.3% of his passes for 795 yards, 4 touchdowns, and 2 interceptions for Arizona State. Demario Richard has rushed for 282 yards and 1 touchdown, while Kalen Ballage has rushed for 255 yards and 9 touchdowns for the Sun Devils. Harry K’Neal has caught 15 passes for 181 yards and 2 scores, while Tim White has caught 15 passes for 135 yards for Arizona State. The Arizona State defense is giving up 32 points per game with 73.7 rushing yards per game and 379.3 passing yards per game. Armand Perry has led the Sun Devils defense with 19 tackles and 1 tackle for loss, while JoJo Wicker has added 13 tackles, 2 tackles for loss, and 1.5 sacks. Zane Gonzalez has gone 8-9 on field goals for Arizona State, with a long of 54 yards.
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The California Golden Bears are 2-1 this season after beating Texas by a score of 50-43 in week 3. This was a very entertaining game that saw Cal come back in the fourth quarter, after trailing by 5 in the fourth. The Cal offense is averaging 47 points per game with 127.3 rushing yards and 453 passing yards per game. Davis Webb is completing 64.6% of his passes for 1,359 yards, 13 touchdowns, and 2 interceptions for Cal. Vic Enwere has rushed for 255 yards and 2 touchdowns, while Khalfani Muhammad has rushed for 128 yards and 1 touchdown for the Golden Bears. Chad Hansen has caught 40 passes for 546 yards and 5 touchdowns, while Melquise Stovall has added 12 catches for 158 yards and 2 touchdowns for Cal. The Cal defense is giving up 39.7 points per game with 296.7 rushing yards and 208 passing yards per game. Khari Vanderbilt has led the Cal defense with 22 tackles and .5 sacks, while Luke Rubenzer has added 15 tackles, 1 tackle for loss, and 1 interception. Matt Anderson has gone 5-5 on field goals this season for Cal, with a long of 45 yards.
The California Golden Bears are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 September games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 conference games. The over is 5-0 in Cal’s last 5 games. Arizona State is 5-0 ATS in their last 5 home games and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The over is 5-1 in Arizona State’s last 6 games. The home team is 11-5 ATS in these two teams last 16 meetings.
This game could be a very high scoring shootout, with both teams struggling on defense. Cal has been impressive this season, with their only loss coming against San Diego State by 5 points. Arizona State struggled last week against a weaker team, but will be at home for this game. I like a lot of points to be scored in this game, but I am going with the road team here.