Washington State rolled all over the Wyoming Cowboys 31-14 in Week 3 despite failing to cover the spread as a huge 25.5-point home favorite. Quarterback Luke Falk completed 37 of 45 passes for 303 yards with two touchdowns and one interception while wide receiver caught three passes for 53 yards and three touchdowns. The Cougars average 28.3 points per game (80th) while allowing 24.0 points per game defensively (69th).
California won a hard-fought battle against Pac-12 rival Washington in Week 4 to cover the spread as a 1-point road favorite. Gifted quarterback Jared Goff completed 24 of 40 passes for 342 yards with two touchdowns and one interception while the Golden Bears’ defense limited the Cougars to just 2-for-9 (22%) efficiency on third down.
Cal also won the time of possession battle by keeping the ball for just 11 seconds short of a full 40 minutes, thereby, effectively limiting Washington’s chances of winning their matchup outright. Cal ranks 10th in the nation in scoring (45.8 ppg) and a solid 54th in points allowed (22.2 ppg).
A Closer Look At My Washington State Cougars Vs No. 24 California Golden Bears College Football Betting Preview
What: Washington State Cougars (2-1) at (24) California Golden Bears (4-0)
When: Saturday, October 3, 2015
Kickoff: 4:30 PM ET
Where: Berkeley, CA
Stadium: Memorial Stadium
Weather: 76° F/ Passing Clouds
Spread: Cal -19
Moneyline: Washington State +750 vs California -1165
Game Total: 70.5
Watch: PAC-12 Network
Stream: Pac-12 Network
Listen: Washington State vs California
60 percent of the betting public likes California to cover the spread in this Week 5 matchup but I don’t. I know the Huskies haven’t looked very good this season despite winning each of their last two games and that their season-opening loss against tiny Portland State, kind of says they can literally lose to any team in the country, but Cal has struggled to put away a pair of so-so teams the last two weeks in Texas and Washington.
With Washington State going 9-2-1 ATS in their last 12 road games and California going 6-17 ATS in its last 23 games at home, the betting trends point towards the Cougars to cover the spread as a road dog in this one.