Washington Huskies (0-0) at California Golden Bears (0-0)
College Football: Saturday, November 7, 2020 at 10:30 pm (California Memorial Stadium)
The Line: California Golden Bears +3.5 -- Over/Under: 48.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Washington Huskies and the California Golden Bears meet Saturday in college football action from California Memorial Stadium.
This will be the first game of the 2020 college football season for both Washington and California. The Huskies finished 8-5 last season with a 4-5 record in Pac-12 Conference play. As for California, they went 8-5 as well with a 4-5 record in the conference. Check back all season long for free college football picks at Sports Chat Place.
Washington had a successful year overall despite treading water in a difficult North Division in 2019. The Huskies finished in third place in the division behind Oregon and California, also earning a trip to the Las Vegas Bowl. Washington was victorious in head coach Chris Petersen’s final game, taking out Boise State 38-7.
This year we get a regime change on the Washington sideline. Jimmy Lake takes over at head coach, and he’s joined by first-year offensive coordinator John Donovan. On the other side it’ll be third-year defensive coordinator Pete Kwiatkowski and first-year co-defensive coordinator Ikaika Maloe.
Over on the California side, they had a similarly successful season in 2019 with an overall finish of 8-5 and a 4-5 mark in the Pac-12 as well. The Golden Bears had no chance of catching Oregon in the standings (8-1 in the conference), but the consolation was a trip to the Redbox Bowl. California posted a nice 35-20 win over Illinois in that one.
This season, the Golden Bears move ahead with Justin Wilcox back at head coach for his fourth season. First-year offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave will be by his side, along with defensive coordinator Peter Sirmon and co-defensive coordinator Tim DeRuyter.
The Huskies are 5-2 ATS in their last seven games on turf and 1-6 ATS in their last seven as a road underdog. Washington is 1-8 ATS in their last nine as an underdog and the under is 4-0 in their last four overall.
Meanwhile, Cal is 10-1 ATS in their last 11 games in November and 4-1 ATS in their last five games overall. The Bears are 2-5 ATS in their last seven on turf and 1-6 ATS in their last seven home games.
PICK: I’m going with Washington, but definitely staying away from this one in reality. There are a few interesting unknowns in play here, outside of the weird offseason and the late start. Washington hasn’t named a starting quarterback, and they’re not going to do so until kickoff. It’s a strategic play, and makes for a lot of variables in game preparation. A bit of gamesmanship like that could make the difference in what should be a pretty competitive and entertaining matchup. Don’t miss this one.