College Football Picks - Texas Longhorns vs California Bears

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Charles Stark

Saturday, September 17, 2016 7:13 PM UTC

Saturday, Sep. 17, 2016 7:13 PM UTC

With a huge win over Notre Dame in their season opener Texas took a giant step towards their resurgence. Today they travel to California to take on the Golden Bears and oddsmakers have made them a touchdown road favorite.

Texas Longhorns
Texas went for 517 total yards versus Notre Dame winning 50-47 in an overtime thriller to start the season. Last week they stomped UTEP and today will be their first real road challenge of the season. Quarterback Shane Buechele has looked fantastic so far with a 71% completion rate and throwing six touchdowns with just one interception. However, this will be the freshman's first real road test of the season so he might struggle just a little bit. Defensively they have been solid across the board but I believe they're facing a passing attack today in which they might not see again the rest of the season. It seems like they caught Notre Dame and a really good spot getting to take them on at home in the first game of the season but here on out we might see the Longhorns drop off just a little bit. This is still a really young team with pretty much all underclassmen on the defensive side of the ball as well as only a couple starting seniors on the offensive side. I believe in Charlie Strong and I believe Texas will be on the rise these next few years but today giving up a touchdown on the road against a California team that can flat-out score I believe is a bit too much.


California Golden Bears
California gained 604 yards with 522 coming through the air losing 40-45 to San Diego State last week. If you want to know anything about Sonny Dykes just look at their new quarterback Davis Webb. The senior quarterback in just two games has gone for 126 attempts completing almost 63% of his passes along with nine touchdowns with three interceptions. This is probably a pretty big game for him considering the fact he is from Texas so look for him to be a little extra fired up today. California returns everybody on the offensive line which has attributed to them being able to keep Webb upright and chuck the ball all over the field. Their big issue coming into the season was the fact they lost such a polished starter but it seems Webb has filled those shoes nicely. Defensively they might have their own problems stopping Texas as they allowed San Diego State to go for 463 yards last week with an unbelievable 334 of those coming on the ground. Still, being at home should be helpful and they have mostly seniors and juniors starting for them on that side of the ball. I was impressed with them last week how they kept hanging in with an underrated and I think very good San Diego State team so look for them to not only cover the seven but possibly pull off the upset.


Texas Longhorns vs California Bears
Oddsmakers have made California a +7 underdog across the board and for my NCAA football pick I will back them getting the seven like at Heritage -110. There might be some question marks on the defensive side but I like this explosive California team to score and right now I believe there a bit underrated. Don't be shocked if they pull the upset.


Free NCAAF Pick: California +7 
Best Line Offered: at Heritage

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