California Bears (5-3) vs Washington State Cougars (7-1)Date : 11/03/2018
Time : 10:45 pm EST
Location : Martin Stadium, Pullman, Washington
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
California Bears vs Washington State Cougars
The California Bears will travel to Martin Stadium in Pullman, Washington, to battle the 11th ranked Washington State Cougars on Saturday night at 10:45 pm EST. The Bears are coming off a huge home victory to where they stunned the Washington Huskies by a 12-10 score as they held the Huskies to less than 250 total yards for the game while recording two interceptions in the matchup en route to their second straight victory. The Cougars, on the other hand, picked up the 41-38 road win over Stanford in their last outing as they rallied from a 14-point deficit while outscoring the Cardinal 24-10 in the second half en route to the all-important victory. Last year, Cal picked up the 37-3 home win over the Cougars last year as they covered as 16-point home underdogs. The under is 6-1-1 in the last eight meetings while the road team in 10-4 ATS in the last 14 games, overall.
California Bears 's Latest Performance :
California is 2-3 in the Pac 12 thanks to a huge home win over the then-top ranked Washington Huskies as they pulled out a two point win in what was a low-scoring affair as the Bears rushed for only 91 yards for the game with Patrick Laird having 83 yards on 22 carries on the day while Chase Garbers passed for 153 yards as the passing game averaged 6.3 yards per catch. Jake Browning, on the other hand, threw for 148 yards, a TD, and an interception while Kamari Pleasant had 62 yards on 12 carries for the Huskies, who had two total turnovers for the game. The Bears have been up and down all season as they are averaging only 21 points per game in their last five games, overall. Their rushing attack has been their best asset this year as Laird has 668 yards along with 8 TD’s for the season. It will be interesting to see how they react to a 37th raked rush defense for the Cougars.
Washington State Cougars's Latest Performance :
The Cougars rallied from a 28-14 deficit thanks to a rushing touchdown from James Williams along with two Gardner Minshew TD passes to tie the score with 1:25 remaining in the game. This was before Blake Mazza kicked a 42-yard field goal to complete the rally while allowing the Cougars to their fourth straight game while remaining in the top spot within the Pac 12 North. Minshew threw for 438 yards and three TD’s in the win while the rushing game racked up only 59 yards total for an average of 3.1 yards per carry. Nonetheless, Williams had two rushing scores on the day to lift the Cougars to the win.
Kevin Costello also had an outstanding night for Stanford in throwing for 323 yards along with four TD’s in the loss, however, their pass defense could find no answers to Minshew and the passing game as Dez Patmon and Jamire Calvin combined for 13 catches for 229 yards in the victory. In all, Washington State is averaging a tad under 40 points per game during their four-game winning streak while the defense is allowing 29 points per game during this time. With a date with the second place Huskies looming at the end of the season, the Cougars cannot afford any slip-ups leading up to this game.
How California Bears & Washington State Cougars Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
California is 3-4-1 ATS while the OU is 2-6
Washington State is 8-0 ATS while the OU is 6-2
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
The Cougars are on a high at his point after claiming the top spot within the Pac 12 North while winning their fourth straight with a confidence building win over the Stanford Cardinal in their last outing. On the other hand, the Bears have won two straight games while picking up a huge win over the Washington Huskies in their last game to where their defense really shined throughout. In fact, their defense ranks within the top 50 in every defensive category. With that being the case, it will be interesting to see how they react to facing a Cougars team that is averaging 41 points per game for the season.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick: Washington State Cougars -10
My reason for the pick :
The Cougars are undefeated at home while being 4-0 ATS this year at Martin Stadium and will certainly blow this game open early versus the Bears. As stated, Cal’s defense has been decent this year, however, Minshew and company have looked unstoppable on offense and with them winning their last four home games by an average of 23 points, the Bears offense will simply not be able to keep up over time. In all, the strong play in this instance will certainly be the Cougars and the points.
Totals Selection: Pick: Over 50
My reason for the prediction :
Cal ranks 100th in the nation in averaging just 25 points per game. With that being the case, they will score some points in this matchup; however, their lack of scoring will ultimately lend to their demise in this game as their defense, as solid as it may be, will not be able to contain such an offensive team in the Cougars. The over will certainly be the strong play in this matchup as the Cougars, as stated, will blow this game open early due to the confidence and momentum gained from their recent play.
Betting trends for California Bears :
- Under is 5-0 in Golden Bears last 5 road games.
- Under is 4-0 in Golden Bears last 4 games overall.
- Under is 4-0 in Golden Bears last 4 conference games.
Betting trends for Washington State Cougars:
- Cougars are 8-0 ATS in their last 8 games overall.
- Cougars are 5-0 ATS vs. a team with a winning record.
- Cougars are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.