Washington vs. California fearless prediction and game preview.
Date: Saturday, October 27
Game Time: 6:30 ET
Venue: Memorial Stadium, Berkeley, CA
Washington (6-2) vs. California (4-3) Game Preview
One Reason Why Washington Will Win
Washington is one missed vs. Oregon field goal away from being deep in the hunt for the College Football Playoff. It might not be ripping teams apart, and it’s taking a big push to get by some mediocre squads, but the formula is effective.
Own third downs, don’t commit penalties, play great defense, control the clock.
Cal is good in all of those areas, but there’s one big difference – Washington has an efficient passing game.
Jake Browning is a veteran who’s been good enough to be a steadying force for the offense. He might have struggled a bit against Colorado, and he hasn’t thrown more than one touchdown pass in five of the last six games, but he’s keeping the O moving.
Star RB Myles Gaskin is still iffy with a shoulder problem, but Salvon Ahmed has been a good option for about ten carries per game, and the diminutive Sean McGrew stepped up last week against Colorado.
It might not always be gorgeous, but Washington continues to find ways to win.
One Reason Why California Will Win
The Cal pass defense has been fantastic.
The offense might have had turnover problems lately, but the Bears have been great at keeping Pac-12 passing games under wraps. So far this season, Justin Herbert and Oregon have the only attack to get over 200 yards through the air, and he’s the only one to hit Cal with two touchdown passes.
The Bears haven’t allowed a scoring pass in the last two games, have given up just two touchdowns on the year, and picked off ten throws.
Jake Browning is good, but he’s not about to throw for 250 yards on this secondary.
Just when the Cal offense needed a running game the most, Patrick Laird came through with a 193-yard, two score day against Oregon State, with 92 yards or more in three of the last four games.
This is a good Washington run defense, but it’s not quite the brick wall of the last few seasons. It’s possible to push for over 150 yards on this group, and Cal has to give it a shot.
Overall, Cal and Washington do a lot of the same things and have a whole slew of the same strengths and weaknesses.
This is going to be close, and Cal gets the game at home. It just needs a few breaks to pull this off.
What’s Going To Happen
Yeah, Cal and Washington are alike in so many ways, but Washington is better in most of them.
Especially at quarterback.
As always, it’s going to be a struggle for the Dawgs. They almost never make things easy on themselves, but they have the style that allows them to keep a grip on games and wear them down.
They’ll have to fight on the road to put this away, but Browning will manage to get the key third downs when needed to survive and advance.
Fearless Prediction & Line
Washington 24, Cal 17
Line: Washington -11.5, o/u: 45
ATS Confidence out of 5: 2.5
Must See Rating: 3
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