College Football Analyst Pick: Washington State vs CAL

Written by Rohit Ghosh
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NCAA Friday - Washington State vs Cal

Friday night lights feature some Pac-12 action this week as the Cal Golden Bears host No. 8 Washington State at Memorial Stadium in Berkeley, CA. Heading into this matchup, WAZZU is 6-0 straight up (SU) and does have a 4-0 against the spread (ATS) record of late. Cal, on the other hand, has dropped the last two ATS and three straight overall.

Date: Friday, 10/13 at 7:30 PM Pacific

Vegas Odds

Spread: Washington State -15
Total: 54

Most Thursday night games don't have a lot of movement from the opening lines, and this matchup sticks to that trend. Cal opened as a 14.5-point home 'dog, and they're currently at +15 at the time of publication The total has moved up 1 point from 53 to 54.

Everything about this game points to a trap for the public. Washington St. has a whole lot of public interest following their recent victory over USC. On the other hand, Cal is coming off some conference losses. The public should be all over WAZZU, considering the lack of offense from this Cal roster.

Betting on the Total

The total has gone OVER in 4 of Washington State's last 5 games on the road.

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What to Watch For

Through six games this seas, WAZZU's defense has been well above average, holding the opposition to 275 total yards per game. That's just barely 4.5 yards per play.

More importantly, they're fifth in the nation in forced turnovers with 15 on the season.

WAZZU is projected to force close to 2 TOs Friday night, with nearly three times the probability of a Cal INT than a fumble.

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