Washington vs. California - 10/7/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
California Golden Bears (3-2) at Washington Huskies (5-0)
College Football: Saturday, October 7, 2017 at 10:45 pm (Husky Stadium)
The Line: Washington Huskies -27 -- Over/Under: 58 See the Latest Odds
The California Golden Bears will travel to Husky Stadium to take on the 6th ranked Washington Huskies this Saturday night in College Football action.
The California Golden Bears dropped to 3-2 (0-2 Pac-12) on the season after falling to the Oregon Ducks 45-24, this past Saturday. Oregon jumped out to a 17-7 halftime lead and the California defense couldn't slow the Ducks down in the 2nd half as the Bears were outscored 28-17. The Golden Bears were outgained by a 459-263 margin and lost the turnover battle by a 2-1 margin. Leading the way for California was QB Ross Bowers who completed 23 of 41 passes for 255 yards and 3 TD. On the season, the Golden Bears are averaging 27.8 ppg on 395.6 total yards per game (271.4 passing yds/g; 124.2 rushing yds/g). Offensively, California is led by QB Ross Bowers who is completing 55.4% of his passes om the season with 9 TD and 8 INT while averaging 271.4 passing yds/g. Bowers has talent in WR's Vic Wharton III (5.0 rec/g, 77.8 yds/g, 3 TD), Kanawai Noa (4.8 rec/g, 74.6 yds/g, TD), and Jordan Veasy (2.8 rec/g, 35.2 yds/g, 3 TD). The backfield is led by RB Patrick Laird (12.6 att/g, 77.6 yds/g, 4 TD) and Vic Enwere (9.6 att/g, 32.2 yds/g, 2 TD). Defensively, California is holding their opponents to an average of 28.2 ppg on 448.4 total yards per game (273.8 passing yds/g; 174.6 rushing yds/g). The Golden Bears have forced 12 turnovers on the season and have a turnover margin of –1.
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The 6th ranked Washington Huskies improved to 5-0 (2-0 Pac-12) on the season after defeating the Oregon State Beavers 42-7, this past Saturday. Washington led by just a 7-0 margin at halftime however, scored the first 35 points in the 2nd half to pull away for the easy victory. The Huskies outgained the Beavers by a 509-184 margin and won the turnover margin by a 2-1 margin. Leading the way for Washington was QB Jake Browning who completed 26 of 34 passes for 293 yards and 3 TD with an INT. On the season, the Huskies are averaging 44.0 ppg on 443.5 total yards per game (271.6 passing yds/g; 171.8 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Washington is led by QB Jake Browning who has completed 71.4% of his passes on the season for 12 TD and 3 INT while averaging 250.2 yds/g. Browning has talented pass catchers in WR Dante Petis (5.4 rec/g, 73.6 yds/g, 6 TD) and TE Will Dissly (1.8 rec/g, 27.0 yds/g, 2 TD). The backfield is led by Myles Gaskin (13.2 att/g, 93.6 yds/g, 6 TD). Defensively, Washington is holding their opponents to an average of 10.8 ppg on 256.0 total yards per game (153.8 passing yds/g; 102.2 rushing yds/g). The Huskies have forced 12 turnovers on the season and have a turnover margin of +7.
The Golden Bears are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 conference games and just 1-5 ATS in their last road games. The Huskies are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 conference games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games following a straight up win.
California started their season with some quality wins against UNC and Ole Miss and although it was predictable that they would have trouble picking up wins when Pac-12 play started, the Golden Bears have played both USC and Oregon tough. Washington is one of the best teams in the country and can get it done on both sides of the ball as the Huskies rank 10th in scoring offense and 4th in scoring defense. Washington is going to win this game at home, however, I believe that California has shown enough so far this season on the offensive end that I feel they’ll do enough to keep this one within the number. Take California and the points.