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PAC-12: California vs Arizona 9/24/22 College Football Picks, Predictions, Odds

Arizona Wildcats (2-1) vs. California Golden Bears (2-1)
September 24, 2022 5:30 pm EDT
The Line: California Golden Bears -3.5 / Arizona Wildcats +3.5; Over/Under: 48.5
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The Cal Golden Bears and Arizona Wildcats do battle Saturday in week 4 PAC-12 college football action at California Memorial Stadium. The Arizona Wildcats look to build on their 2-1 record. The Cal Golden Bears also look to get off to a 3-1 start.

The Arizona Wildcats have lost 5 of their last 6 road games. Jayden de Laura is completing 60.2 percent of his passes for 748 yards, 6 touchdowns and 4 interceptions. Jacob Cowing and Dorian Singer have combined for 437 receiving yards and 5 touchdowns, while Tetairoa McMillan has 8 receptions. The Arizona Wildcats ground game is averaging 131.3 yards per contest, and Michael Wiley leads the way with 131 yards and 2 touchdowns. Defensively, Arizona is allowing 29 points and 355 yards per game. Jerry Roberts leads the Arizona Wildcats with 31 tackles, Hunter Echols has 2 sacks and Jaxen Turner has 1 interception.

The Cal Golden Bears have won their last 5 home games. Jack Plummer is completing 60.4 percent of his passes for 730 yards, 5 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. Jeremiah Hunter and J. Michael Sturdivant have combined for 388 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns, while Mavin Anderson has 11 receptions. The Cal Golden Bears ground game is averaging 117 yards per contest, and Jaydn Ott leads the way with 189 yards and 1 touchdown. Defensively, Cal is allowing 17 points and 331 yards per game. Jackson Sirmon leads the Cal Golden Bears with 32 tackles, Xavier Carlton has 2.5 sacks and Craig Woodson has 1 interception.

The Wildcats are 9-24 ATS in their last 33 road games and 3-12 ATS in their last 15 games on fieldturf. The Golden Bears are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The over is 4-1-1 in Wildcats last 6 games overall. The under is 4-1 in Golden Bears last 5 games overall. The Wildcats are 0-6 ATS in their last 6 meetings in California and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 meetings.

The Arizona Wildcats have a ways to go offensively, and their run defense isn’t a good recipe for success on the road. The California Golden Bears have been one of the better home teams in the PAC-12 dating back to last season, and their effort against Notre Dame was respectable enough to assume they’re going to be a decent team this year. At home, I’ll lay the reasonable chalk with Cal. Arizona has things to improve, mainly its run defense, before it can be backed on the road.

Randy Chambers's Free Pick:
California Golden Bears -3.5

Randy Chambers

Randy has covered sports betting since 2014 and writes about everything from NFL to WNBA.
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