California vs. Washington State - 10/13/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Washington State Cougars (6-0) at California Golden Bears (3-3)
College Football: Friday, October 13, 2017 at 10:30 pm (California Memorial Stadium)
The Line: California Golden Bears +15 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Washington State Cougars and Cal Golden Bears meet Friday in college football action at Memorial Stadium on ESPN.
The Washington State Cougars look for their second road win of the season to start 7-0 and remain in the CFB playoff conversation. The Washington State Cougars have won seven of their last 10 road games. Luke Falk is completing 71.8 percent of his passes for 2,000 yards, 19 touchdowns and two interceptions. Falk has two or more touchdown passes in 10 of his last 13 games. Tavares Martin Jr. and Renard Bell have combined for 838 receiving yards and eight touchdowns while Isaiah Johnson-Mack has 33 receptions. The Washington State Cougars ground game is averaging 82.6 yards per contest, and Jamal Morrow leads the way with 288 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, Washington State is allowing 18.5 points and 275.5 yards per game. Jalen Thompson leads the Washington State Cougars with 34 tackles, Hercules Mata'afa has 4.5 sacks and Jalen Thompson has three interceptions.
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The Cal Golden Bears could use a feel good upset to snap a three-game losing streak and get a game above a .500 record. The Cal Golden Bears have won eight of their last 11 home games. Ross Bowers is completing 55.9 percent of his passes for 1,437 yards, nine touchdowns and eight interceptions. Bowers has a combined three touchdown passes in his last two games. Vic Wharton III and Kanawai Noa have combined for 770 receiving yards and four touchdowns while Jordan Veasy has 15 receptions. The Cal Golden Bears ground game is averaging 96.8 yards per contest, and Laird leads the way with 400 yards and four touchdowns. Defensively, Cal is allowing 29.8 points and 436.5 yards per game. Devante Downs leads the Cal Golden Bears with 60 tackles, Raymond Davison III has two sacks and Derron Brown has one interception.
The Cougars are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Friday games, 15-6 ATS in their last 21 conference games and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Golden Bears are 2-7 ATS vs. a team with a winning record, 2-6 ATS in their last 8 conference games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 Friday games. The Cougars are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 meetings in California, 11-5 ATS in their last 16 meetings and under is 5-1-1 in the last 7 meetings.
I think Washington State has proven the past couple of weeks that it's the cream of the crop in the Pac-12 and is capable of winning big games. A victory over USC is always good and winning in Oregon, even though this is a down season, isn't easy. Falk is looking like a Heisman contender, the WSU defense has improved drastically and the Cougars actually have somewhat of a running game. Wash State is looking more and more like a legit playoff team. Cal has allowed a combined 113 points during its three-game losing streak and is coming off a game in which the offense was held to just seven points and 93 total yards. The Golden Bears were also blown out in last years meeting, 56-21. It's safe to say these Cougars are even better. I know weekday games at night can be tricky for the favorite, but it's time to start buying stock into Washington State. I'll take the Cougars in a blowout.