Cal Small Home Favorite Against Washington Friday

By: Willie Bee | Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Washington Huskies at California Golden Bears
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Date: 11/02/2012, 9:00 p.m. (ET)
Opening Lines: Cal -4½, O/U 52½
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Television: ESPN2

Washington Huskies: Steve Sarkisian's biggest job this week is getting the Huskies (4-4 straight-up and against the spread) refocused and avoid a letdown after last Saturday's 20-17 upset of previously unbeaten Oregon State. The victory came as 3-point home 'dogs and snapped a 3-game skid for U-Dub who will be looking for its first road triumph of the season. Washington's offense remains one of the most impotent groups in the country averaging just 322.3 yards per game (108th nationally) and scoring just 20.6 ppg (105th). The defense has also proven to be vulnerable at times versus the run, surrendering nearly 260 yards per game on the ground in the three successive losses to Oregon, Southern Cal and Arizona, and will need to keep Cal's Bishop Sankey from having a big game. Washington's two Pac-12 road games have both gone "over," and four of the Huskies' last five trips to Berkeley have also skipped past the total.

California Golden Bears: It has been a trying year for Jeff Tedford and Cal (3-6 SU & ATS) who rides a 2-game losing streak into this matchup, and 3-game drought vs. the Huskies. The Bears appeared to be getting things on track with consecutive wins and covers vs. UCLA and at Washington State in mid-October, but have since followed that up with losses to Stanford (21-3) and at Utah (49-27) in games that were close to a pick 'em on the college football odds. Stanford completely shut California's ground attack down, and Utah rang up 21 points with defensive or special team scores while the Golden Bears' offense turned it over three times. Cal is among the nation's leaders in interceptions (12, tied for 13th most), but unfortunately also among the dregs in fumbling it away (10, 12th most). The Bears have not only lost the last three meetings with Washington, but also failed to cover the spread in those setbacks.

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