California travels to Utah in a battle between 2 of 5 ranked teams from the Pac 12 in the Top 25. Utah is ranked fifth while California is ranked twenty-second.
This is a huge game for California. The Golden Bears are undefeated but as of yet they haven’t played a team ranked in the Top 25. Utah has already beaten Michigan and Oregon while Cal’s most impressive win to date occurred against a tough Washington team on the road. If the Bears win this, they’ll prove to everybody in the nation that they are indeed a team to be reckoned with in the Pac 12. For Utah, continuing their momentum is a must if they hope to garner support for a trip to the College Football Playoff.
A Closer Look At How To Bet the No. 23 California Golden Bears Vs No. 5 Utah Utes 7-Point Spread
What: No. 23 California Golden Bears (5-0) at No. 5 Utah Utes (4-0)
When: Saturday, October 10th, 2015
Kickoff: 10:00 PM ET
Where: Salt Lake City, UT
Stadium: Rice-Eccles Stadium
Weather: 78° F | Passing Clouds
Spread: Utah -7
Moneyline: California +230 vs Utah -270
Game Total: 61
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Why Bet On #22 California to Beat #5 Utah (-7)
In two years, California has gone from a 1-11 season to college football’s big stage.
Utah’s defense is an efficient at times brilliant unit. The Utes demolished Oregon on the road 62 to 20 mainly because Utah’s D held the Ducks’ high-powered offense in check. Oregon could only muster 400 total yards. That’s well below the Ducks’ average of 527.8 yards per game.
Cal might have more luck than Oregon did against the Utes’ defense. The Golden Bears average 527.8 yards per game of offense as well. The difference is that California mainly throws the football. QB Jared Goff is finally getting noticed as a real candidate for the Heisman Trophy. Goff passes for an average of 358.4 yards per game. He’s thrown 15 TDs and only 4 picks. He’s completing 70% of his passes.
— FOX College Football (@CFBONFOX) October 2, 2015
Utah’s defense hasn’t faced a quarterback as talented as Jared Goff this season. If Goff and the Golden Bears go into this with a good game plan, they can exploit Utah’s pass defense.
Why Bet On #5 Utah (-7) to Beat #22 California
After receiving 7 first place votes in the latest AP Poll, should the Utes replace the Buckeyes as the top program in the nation?
Utah is a balanced team on offense. The Utes are neither a rushing team nor are they a passing team. Unlike California, which gets most of its yards via the pass, the Utes prefer to rush the football more than they pass it. They can pass it if they need to, but rushing is their preferred method.
Adjusting to California’s defense with either the pass or the rush is the key to a Utah victory this Saturday. Although California’s defensive stats imply that the Golden Bears are capable of stopping both the rush and the pass, the truth is that the Golden Bears at times sell out on one or the other. Washington State rushed for only 14 yards. The Cougars passed for 389 yards.
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— ESPN Pac-12 (@ESPN_Pac12blog) October 7, 2015
Utah’s ability to have balance on offense is one of the reasons they are a strong play in this game. The defense is the best that Goff has faced all season long and the Utes get California at home for this. My final score prediction is Utah 35, California 24.