College Football Picks: California vs. Washington

Jeff Grant

Friday, October 25, 2013 12:28 PM GMT

The California Golden Bears are one of the worst teams in the country, but they may offer some value against the Washington Huskies at the right price Saturday. At what price would we be willing to back them with our college football picks?

Let’s take a closer look at the college football odds for this Pac-12 Conference matchup, with the opening kickoff scheduled for 11:00 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1.

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Horrific start in Berkeley

California first-year head coach Sonny Dykes hasn’t covered the number in his last 11 contests dating back to last season, while leading his current program to a 1-6 SU and 0-7 ATS mark in 2013. 

The Golden Bears are allowing 525 yards per game—ranking 120th out of 123 FBS teams in that category.

Over the last two-plus seasons, the team is 3-10 SU and 4-9 ATS on the road, with the UNDER going 7-6 in that situation. 

Ending a losing streak 

Washington will likely put an end to its current three-game losing streak, which includes a 53-24 setback to the Arizona State Sun Devils as 3.5-point road underdogs, while getting out-gained by a triple-digit margin for the second consecutive affair. 

The Huskies will be playing in front of an emotional crowd—with the passing of longtime head coach Don James at the age of 80 on Oct. 20. 

Pick your battle

College football handicappers may have an interest in backing the Golden Bears due to ranking third in the Pac-12 in averaging 359.9 passing yards per game, but the Huskies pace the country in pass defense. 

On the other side, Washington sits behind just two teams in the conference in averaging 211.9 rushing yards per game, while California ranks ahead of just one program in surrendering 178.7 yards per game on the ground. 

Quite a situation 

The Huskies are 13-3 SU and 12-4 ATS at home over the last two-plus seasons, while they’ve covered the number in their last four meetings in this series when playing at this venue. 

Washington is 187-60-3 when one of its players rushes for 100 yards in a game—a number that’ll likely be reached due to running back Bishop Sankey ranking eighth in college football in gaining 131.6 yards per game on the ground.

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Prediction 

I’m going to recommend that readers watch the line closely at SBROdds.com, as there’s virtually no value for your sports picks on this contest. 

In my opinion, Washington is the best choice for our College Football picks if the number climbs above the 28-point mark, while California is worth a look if it holds steady at that key number.