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The Washington State Cougars and the California Golden Bears face each other from California Memorial Stadium, Berkeley on Saturday night. Both teams have identical 4-4 season records to date, and are coming into this game on the back of losses in their previous games, albeit in contrasting fashion.
Washington State continue to lead the nation in the airForm
The Cougars have had a bit of a stop-start season, as is evidenced by their current 4-4 record. They broke a three-game losing streak by beating Colorado, but were beaten 37-35 by the Oregon Ducks in their previous game.
A 26-yard field goal as time expired consigned the Cougars to their fourth loss of the season. Anthony Gordon threw for 406 yards, including three touchdowns, taking his season tally to 32 touchdowns. He was the nation-leader in passing yards at 425 a game before this game.
What was said?
"Definitely it felt good to get the ball in the end zone in crunch time like that," Gordon said. "Just coming up a little bit short, and in general throughout the four quarters, just got to figure out how to make maybe one more play to give us an opportunity to win."
Led by Gordon, the Cougars are the country's leaders in passing yards. They manage to score a total of 41.8 points per game, which puts them eighth in the country. That's how they've built their season to date.
California's dismal offense leads to fourth straight lossForm
Not very flattering. The Golden Bears have lost their last four games to fall to 4-4 for the season after starting with four straight wins. California was blanked by Utah in their previous game, 35-0.
The Golden Bears just had no offense against Utah with a dismal offensive performance. They managed just 83 yards of total offense in 43 snaps, which according to the Associated Press, ranks third in Utah history for fewest by an opponent.
What was said?
"This was crushing. There's nothing worse. It makes you want to throw up," California coach Justin Wilcox said.
"We were making them earn everything they got and then we bailed them out on third-and-long with explosive plays," Kuony Deng said.
The Cougars are coming to town. Get ready for Saturday's showdown ⤵️
— Cal Football (@CalFootball) November 6, 2019
Trends as found on covers.com are California Golden Bears are:
- 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games after scoring less than 20 points in their previous game.
- 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games on fieldturf.
- 0-5 ATS in their last 5 home games.
Washington State are:
- 10-3 ATS in their last 13 games after accumulating less than 100 yards rushing in their previous game.
- 28-10 ATS in their last 38 games after allowing more than 200 yards rushing in their previous game.
- 24-9 ATS in their last 33 games following an ATS win.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
The California offense is nearly non-existent. They average an awful 294 yards per game this season, a far way off from Washington State's average of 522 yards. That's a world of difference between these two teams.
Washington State also average a whole two yards of offense more than California on every offensive attempt (Washington State have 5.1 yards, while California average 3.1 yards). Tough to see how California competes with that.
Prediction: Washington State -7.5
Full-Game Total Pick
Something suggests that this could be a different performance from the Golden Bears this game. That's the only factor preventing anyone from backing the over in this game. You will see a solid performance from the Cougars again. California will have a much better offensive performance than their previous game after a bye week, which should result in the total heading over 51.
Prediction: Over 51