UCLA vs Cal Prediction Football Picks 11-25-23

UCLA vs Cal Prediction Football Picks 11-25-23 player photo
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The Cal Golden Bears and UCLA Bruins meet Saturday in week 13 college football action at the Rose Bowl. Let’s preview this game and give out our California vs UCLA Prediction.

Cal Golden Bears Betting Preview 

The Cal Golden Bears need a third straight win to become bowl eligible. Cal just beat up on Stanford last week on the road. Fernando Mendoza is completing 62.2 percent of his passes for 1,269 yards, 11 touchdowns and 5 interceptions. Jeremiah Hunter and Trond Grizzell have combined for 1,066 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns, while Taj Davis has 38 receptions. The Cal Golden Bears ground game is averaging 186.4 yards per contest, and Jaydn Ott leads the way with 1,180 yards and 11 touchdowns. Defensively, Cal is allowing 35 points and 419.2 yards per game. Kaleb Elarms-Orr leads the Cal Golden Bears with 79 tackles, David Reese has 4.5 sacks and Nohl Williams has 2 interceptions.

California Golden Bears Team Facts

  • The favorite has won each of California's last 17 games.
  • California has failed to cover the spread in five of its last six games as a road underdog.
  • California has lost the first half in eight of its last nine road games against conference opponents.
  • Each of California's last eight games as an underdog against UCLA have gone UNDER the total points line.


UCLA Bruins Betting Preview 

The UCLA Bruins look for a win after splitting their last 8 games. UCLA beat USC last week by 18 points on the road. Dante Moore is completing 52 percent of his passes for 1,344 yards, 10 touchdowns and 7 interceptions. Logan Loya and J. Michael Sturdivant have combined for 1,000 receiving yards and 7 touchdowns, while Moliki Matavao has 10 receptions. The UCLA Bruins ground game is averaging 202.2 yards per contest, and Carson Steele leads the way with 794 yards and 6 touchdowns. Defensively, UCLA is allowing 16.7 points and 298.7 yards per game. Darius Muasau leads the UCLA Bruins with 61 tackles, Laiatu Latu has 13 sacks and Alex Johnson has 4 interceptions.

UCLA Bruins Team Facts

  • The underdog has won each of UCLA's last three games.
  • UCLA has failed to cover the spread in each of its last four November games as a favorite against non-AP-ranked teams.
  • Each of the last 10 games between California and UCLA have gone UNDER the total points line.

Randy’s Pick

The UCLA Bruins are the better, more balanced team and should be favored at home, but this is a lot of points to just throw out there. Cal has a capable offense with a top-20 rushing attack, and it's won back to back games. Cal becomes bowl eligible by stealing a win here. There's motivation for the Golden Bears to show up. So, while UCLA should win, I expect Cal to put together an honest effort. Give me the points.

Randy Chambers's Free Pick:California Golden Bears +9.5