Free Week 3 Prediction: Longhorns vs Golden Bears Odds
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(2-0) Texas Longhorns vs. California Golden Bears (1-1)
Date: Saturday, September 17th
Time: 10:30 PM
Venue: California Memorial Stadium in Berkeley, California
NCAA Football Spread: Texas -8.0
NCAA Betting Total: 80.5
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Well, everyone is saying “Texas is back”. That now brings the spotlight and plenty of pressure to Longhorns as they have taken on a top 15 ranking.
The Longhorns win against Notre Dame appears to have put them back on the map but a road test against a very explosive offense at Cal will be tricky.
Texas has used a balance of a passing quarterback and rushing quarterback to win their first two games.
Their win against Notre Dame was the more impressive of the two as the two quarterbacks combined for 366 total yards in their opening win on their way into the Top 25.
Shane Buechele – the dominant passer of the two – was the primary quarterback in Week 2 but you can expect rushing threat Tyrone Swoopes to be present in the offense throughout the season.
However, given the nature of Cal’s offense, I would expect to see mostly Buechele as the Longhorn offense will need to throw to keep pace with Cal.
While Cal’s defense is pretty awful, their passing offense is very explosive and will be difficult to slow down.
Texas’s defense looked pretty good in the opening half of the season but that was as Notre Dame worked their way through a two quarterback situation.
When Deshone Kizer took over in the second half, the Longhorns didn’t look as good.
I think Buechele could go over the 400 yard mark in this game as the Longhorns will be going blow for blow with Davis Webb and Cal.
Webb has stepped right in for NFL 1st overall draft pick Jared Goff with 963 yards in the first two games this season.
The Golden Bears prevailed in their matchup with Hawaii in Australia before falling this past week to San Diego State.
But, their defense hasn’t helped Webb out very much – giving up 71 points in their first two games.
Cal is going to have to win games this way the same way they did last year – with tons and tons of points.
Webb faced a difficult defense last week in San Diego State and still threw for 522 yards and 5 touchdowns. His 3 interceptions proved to be the difference though as the Golden Bears fell 45-40.
Cal’s strategy is clearly going to be a heavy dose of the pass game as Webb threw the ball 72 times last week.
I would expect more of the same this week as they try to keep pace with a dynamic, powerful Texas offense.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Over is 6-2 in California’s last 8 games in September.
- Cal is 7-20 ATS in their last 27 home games.
- Both teams have averaged 45.5 points per game through 2 games.
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Cal is going to put up points no matter who they play so Texas will have to do their best to keep pace. That shouldn’t be a huge problem though as Cal’s defense is pretty awful.
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Webb will probably throw another 65+ times this week and Buechele will have his best career game against this horrible Cal defense. I would expect to see Texas break a few runs too as Cal has struggled against the run as well.
Week 3 Free Score Prediction: Texas 47 – California 42
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