California vs. Colorado Fearless Prediction & Game Preview
Check out the California vs. Colorado fearless prediction and game preview.
California (4-4) vs. Colorado (4-4) Game Preview
Broadcast, TV, Game Time
Date: Saturday, October 28th
Game Time: 2:00 pm ET
Venue: Folsom Field, Boulder, CO
Network: Pac-12 Network
With both teams at 4-4, the loser isn’t guaranteed to be out of the bowl picture, but …
The loser is all but guaranteed to be out of the bowl picture.
After playing for the Pac-12 championship last year, not even getting a 13th game would be a crushing blast back into reality for a Colorado team that just doesn’t have the same spunk.
It’s lost four of its last five games, with the lone win against Oregon State. Even if it beats Cal, it’ll have a hard time getting that sixth win with at Arizona State, USC, and at Utah to close. Lose, and forget it.
On the flip side, Cal is playing with house money.
The first year of the Justin Wilcox era has been a success, even with four losses in the last five games, just like Colorado.
The Bears blasted a Washington State team that just shut out Colorado, and there appears to be a real direction to get excited about. Win this, and with Oregon State up next, a sixth win and a bowl is all but assured.
One Reason Why California Will Win
Colorado just doesn’t have it.
Yeah, yeah, great analysis, but last year’s team managed to figure out ways to win, pull away, answer scores, and do whatever was needed to get the job done. This year’s team seems to be just good enough to keep on losing.
The main culprit is a defense that can’t get off the field. There aren’t any plays happening behind the line, offenses are moving the chains, and it all trickles down form there.
The Cal defense isn’t consistent, but it’s outstanding at forcing takeaways – it least the nation in turnovers. It’ll pick off at least two passes.
One Reason Why Colorado Will Win
Colorado, if you ever had a pass rush, now is the time to show it off.
Last in the Pac-12 in tackles for loss, and with just 12 sacks on the season. there hasn’t been nearly enough pressure in the backfield.
But the Cal offensive line has had a rough time, doing nothing to pave the way for the running game and allowing too many big things to happen behind the line.
The Bears don’t throw well. Stop the first down runs, bother QB Ross Bowers, and then get off the field. Colorado’s defense might finally get a bit of a break.
What’s Going To Happen
The Cal pass rush is going to step it up. It might not force a ton of turnovers like it did against Washington State a few weeks ago, but it’ll force a few.
The Bears can generate pressure, and the Buffs just can’t. Neither offense will be stellar, but Cal will come up with the big defensive plays late to get out with a solid win.
California vs. Colorado Prediction
California 34, Colorado 30
Colorado -3.5, o/u: 51.5
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