California Golden Bears vs. Utah Utes - 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 -1 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: PAC-12 Network
The Utah Utes will travel to play the California Golden Bears in a PAC-12 game in week 5.
The California Golden Bears are 2-2 (0-1) this season after losing to Arizona State by a score of 51-41. Cal had a lead in the fourth quarter before their defense fell apart and gave up 31 points in the fourth. The California offense is averaging 45.5 points per game with 135.2 rushing yards and 459.2 passing yards per game. Davis Webb is completing 62.7% of his passes for 1,837 yards, 18 touchdowns, and 4 interceptions for Cal. Vic Enwere has rushed for 293 yards and 2 touchdowns, while Khalfani Muhammad has added 212 rushing yards and 1 touchdown for the Golden Bears. Chad Hansen has caught 50 passes for 656 yards and 6 touchdowns, while Melquise Stovall has caught 17 balls for 232 yards and 2 touchdowns for Cal. The Cal defense is giving up 42.5 points per game with 263.5 rushing yards and 228.5 passing yards per game. Raymond Davison has led the Cal defense with 34 tackles and 1 pass breakup, while Cameron Saffle has added 28 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, and 2 sacks. Matt Anderson has gone 7-8 on field goals for Cal, with a long of 47 yards. The Cal defense has been very poor and needs to improve if they want to be competitive this season.
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The Utah Utes are 4-0 (1-0) this season after beating USC by a score of 31-27 in their last game. Utah trailed by 14 points in the fourth quarter and was able to take the lead with 16 seconds left in the game. The Utah offense is averaging 27.2 points per game with 173.5 rushing yards and 254.2 passing yards per game. Troy Williams is completing 62.5% of his passes for 993 yards, 6 touchdowns, and 4 interceptions for Utah. Zack Moss has rushed for 243 yards and 1 touchdown, while Troy McCormick has added 180 rushing yards and 2 touchdowns for the Utes. Tim Patrick has caught 20 passes for 385 yards and 5 touchdowns, while Raelon Singleton has caught 8 passes for 140 yards and 1 touchdown for Utah. The Utah defense is giving up 15.8 points per game with 132 rushing yards and 182.2 passing yards per game. Sunia Tauteoli has led the Utah defense with 32 tackles, 1 sack, and 2 interceptions, while Marcus Williams has added 24 tackles and 2 interceptions. Andy Phillips has gone 6-7 on field goals for the Utes, with a long of 47 yards. Utah has been strong to start the season and will look to take advantage of a weak Cal defense.
Utah is 10-3 ATS in their last 13 road games and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games following an ATS win. The over is 6-0 in Utah’s last 6 road games. Cal is 1-6 ATS in their last 7 conference games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 October games. The over is 6-0 in Cal’s last 6 games.
This is an interesting matchup because Utah likes to play good defense and plays in lower scoring games, while Cal plays no defense and is almost always in a shootout. Utah is only giving up 15.8 points per game, but they haven’t faced an offense like Cal’s yet. I think Cal will be able to move the ball and I am hoping they can stop Utah enough times. I like Cal at home in another shootout.