Washington State Cougars vs California Golden Bears Prediction, 10/2/2021 College Football Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Washington State Cougars vs California Golden Bears
Date: Saturday, October 2, 2021
Location: California Memorial Stadium in Berkeley, CA
Odds/Point Spread: Golden Bears (-7)
The Washington State Cougars (1-3) are on their way to California Memorial Stadium on Saturday where they will attempt to defeat the California Golden Bears (1-3). California is 7-point favorites. The over/under is 52.5.
The Washington State Cougars head into this matchup 1-3 for this season. The last time they stepped onto the field, the Cougars went up against the Utah Utes and went home with a loss by a final score of 24-13. Jarrett Guarantano went 25/36 with 248 yds passing and 1 TD. He had a QB rating of 119.8 and finished the contest with 3 picks. Deon McIntosh was the best rusher for the Cougars with 13 attempts for 59 yds (4.5 yds per attempt). The Washington State Cougars ended up rushing 37 times and amassed 70 yards, which came out to an average of 1.9 yards per carry. In the game, they ran 75 plays which converted into 318 yds. Washington State allowed 13 completions on 23 tries for 137 yds, and a completion rate of 56.5%. On the ground, the Cougars conceded 215 yds on 31 tries, which is an average of 6.9 yds per run surrendered.
When it comes to scoring points, the Washington State Cougars hold an average of 23.5 points per outing. As a team they are averaging 119.3 yards in the run game which ranks them 107th in the nation. The Cougars have tallied 1,419 total yards over the course of this season. When it comes to distribution of touchdowns, Washington State has earned 7 passing touchdowns and 4 touchdowns on the ground. Washington State has recorded 84 1st downs as a unit, and they have been called for 21 infractions for 166 yards. They have given the ball to the opposition 9 different times.
When it comes to yards through the air, the Cougars have given up 1,073 yds which ranks them 122nd in college football. They have yielded 268.3 yards per game through the air in addition to allowing a completion percentage of 60.6%. For the year, they have yielded 415.0 yards/contest ranking them 105th in D-1. They have surrendered 7 touchdowns through the air in addition to 5 touchdowns running the ball. They are allowing teams to run for an average of 4.6 yards per tote and 146.8 rushing yards per contest so far this season. In total, they have given up 587 running yards through 4 games. The Cougars rank 113th in the country in terms of the opposition scoring, giving up 29.8 points per game.
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The Golden Bears head into this matchup 1-3 for this season. The last time they took the gridiron, the Golden Bears walked away with a loss by a score of 31-24 when they played the Washington Huskies. Damien Moore carried the rock 18 times for 67 yards, finishing the contest with 3.7 yds per carry for California. Chase Garbers (2 touchdowns) walked away from the game with 319 yards on 30/41 passing while his QB rating was 144.9. He had 2 interceptions and his average yards per attempt was 7.8. California allowed 30 rush attempts for 92 yards (3.1 yds per carry). The Golden Bears secondary allowed a completion rate of 59.4%, relinquishing 234 yds on 19 for 32 passing. The Golden Bears finished the contest with a total of 457 yds while running 79 plays (5.8 yards per play). California ran the ball for 3.7 yards per carry, finishing with a total of 138 yards on 37 attempts.
The California Golden Bears maintain an average of 440.8 yards/contest, which has them ranked 40th in college football. The California offense has totaled 269 penalty yds on 27 infractions, which is 48th in college football in terms of helping out the other team. For the season thus far, the Golden Bears have thrown for a total of 1,093 yards through the air as well as holding an average of 273.3 passing yards per contest, which has them ranked 37th in college football. In terms of their ability to score points, the Golden Bears are ranked 70th in the country scoring 28.8 PPG.
California has conceded a total of 483 yards rushing (120.8 yards/game) in addition to 6 touchdowns via the rush on the year. They have conceded 9 touchdowns through the air and 297.0 yards per contest, ranking them 132nd in D-1. The Golden Bears defense has been on the field for 285 plays, which is 110th in Division 1. The Golden Bears are giving up 29.3 PPG, ranking them 105th in Division 1. Overall, they have conceded 117 pts.
Who will win tonight's Cougars/Golden Bears college football game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Cougars +7
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