2008 Cal Golden Bears Sportsbook Preview July 17th, 2008
By: Betus College Football Handicapping Staff
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2008 California Golden Bears Football Wagering Preview
2007 Record: (7-6, 3-6 Pac 10)
2007 Bowl Game: Armed Forces Bowl vs. Air Force (W 42-36)
Head Coach: Jeff Tedford (50-26 at California, 50-26 overall)
Offensive Coordinator: Frank Cignetti
Defensive Coordinator: Bob Gregory
Returning Statistical Leaders:
Rushing: Jahvid Best, RB, 221 yards
Passing: Nate Longshore, QB, 2,580 yards
Receiving: Cameron Morrah, TE, 155 yards
Tackles: Worrell Williams, LB, 105
Sacks: Zack Follett, LB, 5.5
Interceptions: Tyson Alualu, DE, 1; Anthony Felder, LB, 1; Bernard Hicks, S, 1; Derrick Hill, DT, 1; Syd’Quan Thompson, CB, 1
More Key Returnees: DT Mika Kane, K Jordan Kay, C Alex Mack, G Noris Malele, QB Kevin Riley, FB Will Ta’ufo’ou, OT Mike Tepper
Key Losses: DE John Allen, S Thomas DeCoud, G Brian De La Puente, RB Justin Forsett, OT Mike Gibson, CB Brandon Hampton, WR Lavelle Hawkins, WR DeSean Jackson, WR Robert Jordan, DT Matt Malele, TE Craig Stevens
The Bears have muddied situations at quarterback and running back, not to mention the fact that they lost four wide receivers from a year ago.
After starting off the 2007 season with five consecutive wins under head coach Jeff Tedford, the Bears fell apart in the season’s second half, losing six of their final seven games before managing to beat Air Force in the Armed Forces Bowl.
The Bears have a lot of unanswered questions heading into their 2008 regular season opener, but at least have a solid offensive line, led by A-American center Alex Mack.
Let’s see … quarterback, running back and wide receiver positions could all be big problems for the Bears in 2008.
Senior signal caller Nate Longshore was unimpressive last season before giving way to backup, sophomore, Kevin Riley who led the team to victory in their bowl game appearance.
Whoever takes over at quarterback, will have to find some new targets as wide receivers Lavelle Hawkins, DeSean Jackson and Robert Jordan are all gone and
no current receiver caught over five passes during the 2007 season.
The Golden Bears also lost starting running back Justin Forsett who rushed for 1,546 yards and 15 touchdowns in his senior season.
2007 Team Stats
Rushing: 165.46 (45th in nation, 5th in conference)
Passing: 239.15 (49, 4)
Total Offense: 404.62 (50, 4)
Points Per Game: 29.31 (50, 4)
Sacks Allowed: .85 (3, 1)
Rushing: 164.23 (68, 8)
Pass: 214.31 (38, 2)
Total Defense: 378.54 (58, 6)
Points Allowed Per Game: 26.77 (58, 6)
Turnover Margin: -.23 (76, 9)
Sacks: 1.69 (84, 10)
2007 Wagering Stats
7-6 SU, 3-6 (Conf.), 4-9 ATS, 5-7 O/U
2008 NCAA Football Odds
+800 to win Pac-10
+4500 to win BCS Championship
Cal should likely post another winning record in 2008 despite all their changes but the Top Sportsbooks online NCAA Football sports wagering community should know that this team posted poor wagering statistics across the board last season, failing to come through for bettors with stunning regularity.
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