Free Week 2 Prediction: Golden Bears vs Cougars Odds
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College Football Handicapping: Week 2
(1-0) Cal Golden Bears vs. BYU Cougars (1-0)
Date: Saturday, September 8th 2018
Time: 10:15 pm EST
Venue: LaVell Edwards Stadium, Provo, Utah
NCAA Football Spread: BYU -3.5
NCAA Betting Total: 45.5
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Both Cal and BYU won last week. The Golden Bears handled the North Carolina Tar Heels for the majority of the game before UNC made the game interesting as their comeback fell a bit short.
The BYU Cougars pulled off the upset in Tucson by beating the sexy sleeper pick of Arizona. They’ll look to go 2-0 against the Pac-12 by taking on Cal at home.
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Under Justin Wilcox the Golden Bears are a defensive first team and that showed itself against the Tar Heels. Offensively, they didn’t do much besides control the ball and not make any mistakes.
Statistically, Cal was dreadful through the air as they only passed for 95 yards. However, they ran for a total of 160 yards and they fed senior Patrick Laird to the tune of 29 carries and 95 yards.
Defensively, they were stout for the majority of the game stifling anything North Carolina did.
It did get hairy towards the end, but they were able to hold on and statistically, after week one, were 40th best in terms of total defensive yards allowed.
After one of the worse seasons in BYU history, expectations were very low for the Cougars this season, but after one game the doom and gloom is all of a sudden no more.
It’s amazing how one game can shift the perception. Coming into this season it looked like the Cougars would start the season 0-3 and perhaps only have one win at the halfway point.
One upset later and all of a sudden BYU is looking at starting off the year 2-0 and they’ll look to go bowling by the end of the year.
The reason for that is BYU is a big, physical team, and they have a lot of senior leadership. Tanner Mangum and Squally Canada are impact players and they made their presence felt last week in Tucson.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Cal is 5-1-1 ATS in their last seven games
- BYU is 5-1 ATS IN their last six games
- BYU under is 5-2 in their last seven games
- Cal under is 3-0 in their last three games
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This should be a really good, competitive game. Give me the Cougars at home in this one to cover. BYU showed their muscle as the pushed around Arizona.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: BYU -3.5
I see them doing the same thing against Cal and eventually wearing them down as the game progresses. Enough so that BYU wins straight up and covers the spread.
Also, the under might not be a bad bet to make either. As I say, it should be a close, low scoring, competitive game.
Week 2 Free Score Prediction: BYU 24 – Cal 20
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