California Golden Bears(5-3) Vs Washington State Cougars(7-1)
November 3, 2018 10:45PM ET (Martin Stadium)
Spread: Washington State -10.5
Free College Football Picks California Golden Bears Vs Washington State Cougars
This Saturday the California Golden Bears head into Martin Stadium to take on the the the 8th ranked Washington State Cougars.California is coming off of their biggest win of the year, last week the Bears were able to knock off the 15th ranked Washington Huskies. In the game linebacker Evan Weaver did what the Bears offense could not, in the third quarter he made the play of the game taking an interception 36 yards for a touchdown.
The Bears offense wasn’t able to score a touchdown last week but that didn’t stop them from winning the game. The last time California won a game without scoring an offensive touchdown was September 26, 1998 when the Bears beat Washington State 24-14. The Defense was able to score three touchdowns on the day.The Golden Bears defensively are very strong, especially against the pass, they are ranked first in the Pac-12 and eighth in the nation.Only giving up 165 yards per game through the air and they are also leading the Conference in interceptions with 12. This week California’s defense faces its toughest challenge to date. Washington State is a pass heavy team, led by Quarterback Gardner Minshew, who is a Heisman Trophy candidate. Gardner leads the nation in passing yardage,averaging 397.9 yards per game, and he is completing 71 percent of his passes.
Washington State just keeps on moving up the rankings, last week the Cougars were able to win their fourth straight game beating the 24th ranked Stanford Cardinals, improving them to 7-1 and 4-1 in the Pac-12.This victory follows last weeks win over then ranked number 12 Oregon, this was the first time in 16 years that Washington State was able to win back-to-back games over ranked opponents.Minshew completed 40 of 50 passes for 438 yards and three touchdowns in last weeks 41-38 victory over Stanford. At halftime the Cougars were down 28-17 however, Washington State was outstanding in the second half and with 1:25 left in the game Minshew was able to constructed a game winning drive. On the final drive Minshew threw a pass to Jamire Calvin for 35 yards to help set up a 42 yard game winning field goal by Blake Mazza. Offensivly, the Cougars have a lot of talent on offense, averaging 476.3 total yards per game while putting up nearly 41 points per game.On the outside Minshew has a lot of help led by Dezmon Patmon, Davontavean Martin, Easop Winston Jr. , and James Calvin.
Predictions California Golden Bears Vs Washington State Cougars
This game has all the intentions of a classic, California has a very strong pass defense and Washington has a very good pass offense.Meanwhile, Washington State’s offense had little success the last time these two teams met. The Golden Bears demolished the Cougars 37-3 last year.In that game former quarterback Luke Falk was intercepted five times and just like last year Washington entered the game ranked 8th in the country. In this game the Cougars are favorited to win by 10.5 points and Cougars are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning record and 8-0 ATS in their last 8 games overall.While the Golden Bears are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games.The Bears defense has improved drastically over the last couple weeks, but Gardner Minshew and the Cougar offense should get the better of the two. I see Washington State coming out for vengeance and taking care of business at home.
Pick: Washington State Cougars -10.5