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California vs Washington Betting Odds - Golden Bears defense will lead to sixth win in seven tries

Posted by Blake Frazier on 12/4/2009 12:13:29 PM

NCAA Football Odds: Pick California -7

football betting lineThe California vs Washington betting odds won’t be a rivalry game, it won’t be a championship game and there aren’t BCS implications - but it’s still an important game for personal reasons for both squads. While California clearly can’t beat elite teams, they can surely handle the weaker ones, and this will be another case of that this weekend. Online betting cappers know that Washington doesn’t have the defense to keep up in this game.

California vs Washington betting odds: California -7
WHAT: NCAA football betting
WHEN: Saturday, December 5th – 6:30 PM ET
WHERE: Husky Stadium – Seattle, WA

California vs Washington betting odds maker breakdown: What’s On The Line
The Golden Bears can still finish in a better bowl game, and even finishing with a win would help Jeff Tedford’s status. The Golden Bears faithful are getting a little tired of seeing his teams fail against the elite Pac 10 teams, but a win over Washington would give the Golden Bears wins in six of their last seven games and a 9-3 record.

Meanwhile, for Washington, online betting cappers know that they aren’t going bowling this year and they don’t even have a shot at .500. Even so, a win over Cal would be a very important finish for Steve Sarkisian in his first year at UW. This team is playing more for pride than anything else.

Betting Edge: Even

California vs Washington betting odds maker breakdown: Offense
The Golden Bears have a quality offense with veteran quarterback Kevin Riley throwing it around and running back Shane Vereen moving the chains. Jahvid Best likely won’t play, but the Golden Bears are still a high-scoring outfit when he’s not around. NCAA football betting fans should see this offense have lots of success against one of the worst Pac 10 defenses.

As for Washington, they have done some growing this year but they still aren’t quite there yet. Jake Locker is the center of the offense, and he does have some playmakers around him in Chris Polk in the backfield and Jermaine Kearse at wide receiver, but the offensive line is so-so. The Cal secondary has some holes and Washington should be able to move the ball through the air.

Betting Edge: Even

California vs Washington betting odds maker breakdown: Defense
The Cal defense is where the Golden Bears have the edge in this game. They are one of the better defenses against the run, allowing just 111 yards per game on the ground. The secondary can be a weakness at times, but sportsbook odds makers give the edge in this game to Cal because they’ll probably force the Huskies to be one-dimensional in this contest.

Meanwhile, Washington’s defense is one of the worst in the Pac 10. Sure, they shut out Washington State last week but that’s not saying much. Cal is a much better team than Wazzu, and they have the talent to exploit the ninth-worst defense in the Pac 10. The Huskies have a serious disadvantage on the line of scrimmage in this game.

Betting Edge: California

California vs Washington betting odds maker breakdown: Notable Injuries
The Golden Bears will likely be without one-time Heisman candidate Jahvid Best, who is still recovering from a vicious concussion. The Golden Bears haven’t missed him too much, believe it or not.

Betting Edge: Washington

California vs Washington betting odds breakdown: Outlook and Pick
This is an odd situation for both teams, as they play a regular season contest after their rivalry games. While Washington is looking towards next year, the Golden Bears are playing for bowl positioning and that should be a factor. It’s never easy winning in Seattle, but the Golden Bears have the better defense and the better units along the line of scrimmage. That will be the difference as they win and cover.

BLAKE’S PICK: California -7

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