California vs. San Diego State - Cal’s Webb To Shred Aztecs

California Bears Team Players Facing Each Other

Saturday, September 10, 2016 6:18 PM GMT

The California Golden Bears travel to Qualcomm Stadium to take on the San Diego State Aztecs on Saturday night. Let’s review the college football odds as both teams strive to remain undefeated.

Goff But Not Forgotten
U Cal’s Jared Goff was the No. 1 pick in last year’s draft and left a gaping void in the Golden Bear’s offense. However, if newly installed quarterback David Webb’s early results are any indication of what to expect this season then the specter of Goff’s immense shadow will soon give way to this season’s brilliant light under center. David Webb, the 6’5” senior out of Prosper, Texas was immense in his starting debut against Hawaii.

The Golden Bears’ offense was high-octane all night as Webb shredded the Rainbow Warriors defense with four touchdown strikes and a four-yard scamper into the endzone. When the dust settled in Sydney, Australia Webb had completed 38-of-54 passes for a whopping 441 yards and accounted for five touchdowns in total. Unfortunately, all of those bettors who backed the Golden Bears in their college football picks were none too happy with the defense as U Cal drew away to a 51-31 victory but narrowly missed covering the college football odds as 23-point favorites at the neutral site.

 

Aztecs Stomp Wildcats
Mountain West power San Diego State welcomed Division 1-AA University New Hampshire to the sunny West Coast and then sent them packing back to the Granite State as 31-0 losers. It certainly was a game that the Aztecs were expected to win but they did so in convincing fashion as the defense was rock solid, holding the Wildcats to a combined 141 total offensive yards. UNH simply couldn’t match the swarming Aztecs as evidenced by New Hampshire’s quarterback duo of Trevor Knight and Adam Riese mustering just 70 yards passing.

San Diego State’s signal caller Christian Chapman found top receiver Mikah Holder for an 86-yard bomb that opened the scoring for the Aztecs. Holder went on to catch four passes for a total of 160 yards and a pair of touchdowns that contributed mightily to the home team’s shutout debut. The oddsmakers had the number cold on this one as they installed the Aztecs as a 31-point favorite. When running back Rashaad Penny broke the plane of the endzone with seven minutes remaining in the fourth-quarter it signaled the end of the scoring, with the Aztecs up 31-0 - and that my friends, is called a push.

 

Betting Analysis
Both teams had an easy time of it against inferior opponents in their opening week of play. However, U Cal had more stout competition with a legitimate FBS Division 1-A program in Hawaii. Obviously no one is going to confuse the Rainbow Warriors defense with Nick Saban’s Alabama Crimson Tide but they are certainly more adept on both sides of the ball than San Diego State’s opponent, lil’ ol’ UNH.

There is no doubt both teams can score but it should be noted that California has had over two weeks to prepare for this one after traveling to Sydney, Australia and outgunning Hawaii on a neutral site and getting a bye last week. Now they hop a 90 minute flight to San Diego and get to deal with a decent Aztec offense and what appears to be a stout defense. Based on their respective opening weeks it’s hard for me to make a case for either team laying a touchdown to the other. However, the oddsmakers have installed the home team Aztecs as a seven-point favorite over a Cal team that looks like it didn’t miss a beat after the departure of Jared Goff and his golden arm. Let’s grab the points here and get the cover.

Free College Football Pick: U Cal +7
Best Line Offered:  at 5Dimes

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