The high-scoring California Golden Bears are 6.5-point favorites when they visit Austin to face the Texas Longhorns in college football week 3 betting action. The game kicks-off on FOX this Saturday, Sept 19th at 7:30 PM ET.
How I would Bet The College Football Week 3 California Golden Gophers at Texas Longhorns Spread Betting Odds
What: California Golden Bears (2-0) at Texas Longhorns (1-1)
When: Saturday, Sept 19th, 2015
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. ET
Where: Austin, TX
Stadium: Royal Texas Memorial Stadium
Weather: 93 °F/Passing Clouds
Wind: Southeast 8mph
Spread: Cal -6.5
Moneyline: California -250 vs Texas +210
Game Total: 59
Stream: FOX Sports Go
Listen: California Vs Texas
California (2-0 SU, 2-0 ATS) moved to 2-0 on the season by ripping San Diego State 35-7 in Week 2 to easily cover the college football betting line as a 13-point favorite.
California Memorial Stadium. God bless the Golden Bears. https://t.co/Ast7AWnoW9
— Michael Silver (@MikeSilver) September 10, 2015
Quarterback Jared Goff has developed amazing chemistry with this WRs and took a big step toward legitimizing his Heisman Trophy candidacy by completing 17 of 24 passes for 321 yards with three touchdowns and one interception, including two TD strikes in a 21-second span that broke open what was up until then, a tight contest.
California’s defense also had a stellar outing in forcing two turnovers and basically shutting down the Aztecs’ offense. Still the Golden Bears struggled for much of the contest one week after lighting up Grambling for a whopping 73 points.
"It just shows our character," Goff said. "For (San Diego State) to go down and score on the first drive . that was it for the rest of the game. They just couldn’t score. When you have a defense that can do that, it helps so much."
Goff moved within 16 yards of breaking former star Troy Taylor’s school record for career passing yards. The string-armed signal-caller is also approaching the school’s all-time records for touchdown passes and completions.
"He’s certainly going to be one of the great ones to ever play here, if he’s not right now," Dykes said. "I wouldn’t trade him for any other quarterback in college football. I wouldn’t even consider it."
Texas (1-1 SU, 0-2 ATS) got its first win of the season by taking down Rice 42-28, thanks mostly to the heroics of new starting quarterback.
The Longhorns failed to cash in as 14.5-point spread betting favorties at home but found out that the highly-touted Heard looks like the real deal after over a year of frustrating play from former starter Tyrone Swoopes.
"We just felt like, `Let’s give Jerrod a chance. Let’s see what he does.’ He’s one of those guys who’s going to jump out there with a lot of juice," Texas head coach Charlie Strong said.
Texas Longhorns Football: 2000-2009: 110-19 (.853); 2nd best win pct in FBS 2010-pres: 37-29 (.561); 54th best win pct in FBS
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) September 15, 2015
Heard completed 4 of 7 passes for 120 yards, but two of those completions were long touchdown strikes. Heard also added another 96 yards rushing the ball and brought a lot of electricity to a Longhorns program in desperate need of it.
"What everyone wanted to see was something different. Some change," Strong said. "He can make plays. He’s a winner."
Heard told reporters that he didn’t know until just prior to kick-off that he was going to start.
"My goal was to bring a spark," Heard said. "I felt like coach was gonna use me, probably situationally, (on) third down."
Betting Analysis: 51 percent of the betting public likes Texas to cover the spread in this contest, but I don’t mostly because I believe the Longhorns are going to struggle a bit to keep up with the explosive Golden Bears.
Right now, Cal is averaging 54.0 points per game and while I realize that they won’t be able to score at that clip all season long, I do believe they’ll be able to reach the 30-point plateau against Texas.
59 percent of the betting public likes the Under for this affair and I agree because of Cal’s surprisingly solid defense and what I expect to be one or two mistakes from Heard.
I a picking Texas to cover the 6.5-point betting spread as underdogs and the Under-59.5. My college football week 3 final score prediciton is Cal 27, Texas 29 making the Longhorns are a great money line bet at +210.
Betting Trends Related To This Matchup
- California has gone 4-2 ATS in its last half-dozen games while Texas has gone 1-4 ATS in its last five home games.
- The Golden Bears are also a pristine 5-0 ATS in their last five road games and 4-1 ATS in their last five non-conference games.
- Texas is 2-6 ATS in their last eight games following an SU win and just 1-4 ATS in their last five non-conference games.
- The Under is 4-1 in Cal’s last five games following an ATS win.
- The Under is 7-2 in the Longhorns’ last nine home games against a team with a winning road record and 6-2 in their last eight games overall.