Every week talk of 8th-ranked Washington State becoming part of the College Football playoffs is growing. The Cougars cannot afford to lose to a team like California on Friday night in Berkeley. The Week 7 college football line favors Washington State by 13.5-points. Kick-off is this Friday, October 13th at 10:30 PM ET on ESPN from the Memorial Stadium.
Washington State Cougars Vs California Golden Bears Line & Betting Analysis
What: No. 8 Washington State Cougars (6-0) at California Golden Bears (3-3)
When: Friday, October 13, 2017
Start Time: 10:30 PM ET
Where: Berkeley, CA
Stadium: Memorial Stadium
Spread: Washington State -13.5
Moneyline: Washington State -500 vs California +400
Game Total: 53
Stream: Watch ESPN
Listen: Washington State vs California
Why Bet The Washington State Cougars To Beat The Golden Bears
Washington State’s M.O. remains their passing game. The Cougars ranked third nationally in passing. Senior QB Luke Falk leads the nation with 19 touchdowns while tossing just a pair of picks. Falk has thrown 108 career TDs, which ranks second all-time in the Pac-12. He is only eight away from former Trojan Matt Barkley’s record.
The Cougars average 392.0 passing yards per game. They are coming off a 282-passing yard performance against Oregon last week in a 33-10 road victory.
Falk threw five touchdown passes in the Cougars’ 56-21 victory over Cal in Pullman, Wash., last year, and the fact that the Bears rank 108th nationally in passing yards allowed this season does not bode well for Cal in Friday’s meeting.
Another such performance might make Falk a more serious Heisman Trophy candidate.
Why Bet The California Golden Bears To Beat The Cougars
The Golden Bears of California started off the season by winning their first three games. Now three losses later Cal’s dreams of a prime-time bowl are gone. The 38-7 loss to Washington last week, in which the Cal offense failed to score a point, was the low point.
“Obviously a really disappointing performance,” Cal first-year coach Justin Wilcox said. “We didn’t do anything on offense to give us a chance. We’re going to have to re-evaluate some things.”
Cal needs to get back to basics. In the Bears’ first three wins, it was all about sophomore QB Ross Bowers. He threw five of his nine TDs those wins. Bowers has struggled lately and passed for just 80 yards against the Huskies.
Having time to throw will help. Bowers was sacked seven times against Washington and has been sacked 17 times over the past three games.
California is 10-2 SU in its last 12 games when playing Washington State and 5-1 SU in its last six games when playing at home against the Cougars.
If You Still Can’t Decide Who To Bet On
- Cougars are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall.
- Cougars are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a straight up win.
- Golden Bears are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games as a home underdog.
Washington State Vs. California Week 7 Betting Analysis
Luke Falk is the hottest hand in College Football right. Forget all the hype about Sam Darnold or Josh Rosen. Falk is the best QB in the PAC-12. Washington State will put enough points to win and cover on the road.