Free Week 3 Prediction: Bengals vs Golden Bears Odds
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College Football Handicapping: Week 3
(1-0) Idaho State Bengals vs. California Golden Bears (2-0)
Date: Saturday, September 15th 2018
Time: 6:00 pm EST
Venue: California Memorial Stadium, Berkeley, California
NCAA Football Spread: -36.5
NCAA Betting Total: 120
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The Idaho State Bengals come into Berkeley this weekend with for a tangle with the California Golden Bears in what should be a fairly lopsided game, even with Cal’s offensive woes.
The Golden Bears will try to defend their home turf on Saturday, in what could be their last chance at a victory in quite a while as they open the Pac-12 regular season next weekend. The first two weeks haven’t been pretty for the boys in Blue and Gold.
Idaho State Bengals
The Bengals took care of lowly Western State back in week one by a score of 45-10, on the heals of running back James Madison, who had three TD’s on 116 yards.
The one low point of the blowout victory was the fact that the offense only converted 50% of their third down conversions. If they want to stand a chance against Cal, they will need to fix this problem quickly.
The Bengals haven’t had very good luck against the Pac-12 over the past ten years. Expect that trend to continue this week.
California Golden Bears
Cal has eked out a couple of wins so far this year, but it hasn’t been pretty. The future of this team doesn’t look to bright at the moment. But wins are wins, no matter how they come.
The lone bright spot for this Golden Bears team over the first two weeks seems to be its defensive unit. The defense has only given up six points over the 1st, 2nd and 3rd quarters in the first two games. Look for that streak to continue this week again.
The thing that I think will help Cal going forward the rest of the year will be to finally choose a regular starting QB. Over the first two weeks of the season they have ran mostly a two QB system, and sometimes moving to three during games. Sure this can disrupt the defensive scheme, but it also hurts the flow of the offense, which can lead to confusion in the huddle and self-induced penalties.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- This will be the first meeting between these two teams.
- Idaho State is 0-9 vs the Pac-12 since 2009.
- Cal is 204-45-19 vs non FBS opponents.
Free Week 3 NCAA Football Pick
This has all the looks of a blow out from first glance, but with the problems the Golden Bears have been having on offense lately, Idaho State could surprise us all and make this a game.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: Cal -36.5.
Cal will win this game, but I’m not so sure it will be by that large of a margin.
This game is too important for the Pac-12 to let Cal squander such a gimme game at home, so that’s where my bet is going. No offense to the young men at Idaho State, but I just don’t think the Bengals have what it takes yet to stand up to a Power 5 football team.
Week 1 Free Score Prediction: Cal 42 – Idaho State 7
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