Washington at California Week 10 Betting Prediction & Pick

Posted by Peter Boysen on November 3, 2016 in

The Washington Huskies (8-0) take on the California Golden Bears (4-4) on Saturday night. The Huskies kept their unbeaten streak alive by taking down #17 Utah, 31-24, on the road a week ago. The first College Football Playoff rankings came out this week, putting the Huskies at #5, a slot behind Texas A&M, which has one loss. The Huskies could look at this game as a chance to make a real statement to show that they deserve a spot in those semifinals rather than a team that is likely to finish second in its own conference division. Take a look at all of our sports betting picks for the weekend.

Washington at California Week 10 Betting Prediction, Pick & TV Info

When: Saturday, November 5, 2016, 10:30 PM ET
Where: Memorial Stadium, Berkeley, CA
Radio: Washington  / California
Live Stream: Pac-12 Network Live
NFL Odds: Washington (-15.5)

Why should you put your money on the Huskies?

Against Utah last week, Washington looked like they were headed for overtime — and maybe an upset — but in the last four minutes of the game, Dante Pettis broke loose on a punt return and hauled it all the way back to the house for a 58-yard score. Washington has a powerful offense, tallying 46.1 points per game, good for fourth in the FBS. Their defense also plays at an elite level, permitting just 15.8 points per game, good for seventh in the nation. Quarterback Jake Browning has shown himself a master of both the high-scoring offense and ball management, throwing 28 touchdown passes but just three picks. Cal has not lost any games at home this season, but they don’t present the matchup issues that Utah did.

Why should you bet on the Golden Bears?

If you bet on Cal, you likely believe that they can score fast enough to keep pace with Washington — not enough to win straight up, but enough to stay within that 15.5-point line. Cal ranks #4 in the nation with their passing offense (365.6 yards per game), and they put up 41.3 points per game. The problem is that their defense has been absolutely porous. They have only held one opponent all year long under 31 points, and the offensive strength that Washington brings is almost certain to overwhelm Cal. Washington’s defense has been ironclad, but they did struggle somewhat against Utah, allowing 24 points in that close win.

Betting Pick and Final Score Prediction

Road wins in conference play are often tough to come by. Given how tough Cal can play at home, I had a lot of temptation to take the Golden Bears to cover this big line. Once that first set of CFP standings came out and had Washington behind the Aggies, though, I figured that the Huskies will prepare to make a huge statement this week. I predict a final score of Washington 52, Cal 24.