Nevada Wolf Pack vs California Golden Bears Prediction, 9/4/2021 College Football Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Nevada Wolf Pack vs California Golden Bears
Date: Saturday, September 4, 2021
Location: California Memorial Stadium in Berkeley, CA
Odds/Point Spread: Golden Bears (-3.5)
The California Golden Bears (1-3 last season) will go up against the Nevada Wolf Pack (7-2 last year) at California Memorial Stadium on Saturday. Nevada is 3.5-point underdogs. The total is 52.5.
The Nevada Wolf Pack finished the season holding a 7-2 record. The last time they took the field, the Wolf Pack took the field against the Tulane Green Wave and went home with a win by a final score of 38-27. Carson Strong connected on 22/28 with 271 yds through the air and 5 TDs. He had a quarterback rating of 218.8 and ended the contest without throwing an interception. Toa Taua led the offense in rushing for the Wolf Pack with 20 carries for 102 yds (5.1 yds per carry). On the day, they had 72 plays which gave them 480 yds. The Nevada Wolf Pack ran the ball a total of 44 times and accrued 209 yards, which had them averaging 4.8 yds per attempt. In the running game, the Wolf Pack gave up 197 yards on 38 attempts, which is 5.2 yds per run allowed. Nevada gave up 12 pass completions on 25 attempts for a total of 168 yards, and a completion rate of 48.0%.
In terms of putting points on the board, the Nevada Wolf Pack had an average of 30.8 points per contest. As a unit they averaged 122.3 yds via the ground game, ranking them 110th in college football. The Wolf Pack had 3,973 total yards for the prior campaign. Nevada totaled 27 passing touchdowns and 7 touchdowns via the ground. Nevada accrued 194 1st downs offensively, and they were called for 72 infractions for 625 yds. They turned the football over 9 different times.
When it comes to passing yards, the Wolf Pack gave up 2,156 yards which had them ranked 86th in Division 1. In their 9 games, they conceded 239.6 yards per game via the pass as well as relinquishing a completion percentage of 60.5%. They relinquished 377.7 yards per contest ranking them 57th in the country. They gave up 13 throwing touchdowns and 12 rushing touchdowns. They allowed teams to run for an average of 4.0 yards per tote and 138.1 yards on the ground per contest last season. For the season, they conceded 1,243 running yards through 9 games. The Wolf Pack were ranked 45th in D-1 concerning the opposition scoring, allowing 23.3 PPG.
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The Golden Bears ended the season holding a 1-3 record. When they last stepped on the field, the Golden Bears got the win with a final of 21-17 when they faced the Oregon Ducks. Chase Garbers (1 touchdown) ended the game with 183 yds on 20/32 through the air while his quarterback rating was 120.9. He didn't toss any interceptions and his Y/A was 5.7. Damien Moore carried the rock 12 times for 26 yards, finishing the contest with 2.2 yds per carry for California. California ran for 1.9 yards per carry, totaling 88 yds on 47 carries. The Golden Bears finished the game with 271 yds while running 79 plays (3.4 yds per play). The Golden Bears pass defense gave up a completion rate of 53.8%, relinquishing 231 yards on 14 for 26 passing. California allowed 34 run attempts for 137 yds (4.0 yds per rush).
When discussing their scoring prowess, the Golden Bears were ranked 111th in the country with an average of 20.3 points per contest. For the previous year, the Golden Bears earned 771 yards through the air as well as an average of 192.8 passing yards per outing, which had them ranked 103rd in the nation. They averaged 125.3 yards per game via the rush and rushed for 501 yards overall. The California Golden Bears averaged 318.0 yards per game which ranked them 116th in Division 1. The California offense compiled 135 penalty yds on 17 infractions, which ranked them 129th in college football in terms of giving up free yards. They tossed 3 interceptions while letting opponents recover 2 fumbles and they obtained 73 first downs.
California gave up a total of 681 rushing yards (170.3 yards per game) and 7 touchdowns via the rush last season. They totaled 2 fumbles recovered and 3 interceptions over the course of last year. They gave up 7 touchdowns via the pass in addition to 196.8 yards per outing, which had them sitting 33rd in Division 1. The Golden Bears defense took the field for 258 plays, ranking them 15th in the country. Overall, they gave up 106 points in total. The Golden Bears relinquished 26.5 points per contest, which had them sitting 60th in the country.
Who will win tonight's Wolf Pack/Golden Bears college football game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Golden Bears -3.5
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