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#415 California vs.
#416 Washington
Saturday, September 25, 2021 at 9:30pm EDT
Written by Chris Kubala

A pair of sub-.500 teams from the Pac-12 take the field in the Pacific Northwest in search of a victory to even their respective records. The Cal Golden Bears are on the road as they make the trip to face the Washington Huskies Saturday night. Cal comes in off a 42-30 home victory over Sacramento State in their most recent game last Saturday. Washington crushed Arkansas State 52-3 at home last Saturday in their previous contest. In the all-time series between the teams, the Huskies own a 52-41-3 but the Golden Bears have won the last two meetings, including a 20-19 road victory in the most recent matchup on September 7, 2019.

Cal Golden Bears Seeking to Even Record

Cal bounced back from a pair of losses to open the season as they took care of business against Sacramento State last week. The Golden Bears now look to even their record and pick up a win in their conference opener by prevailing on the road here. Against Sacramento State, Cal never trailed, leading 14-6 after one quarter and 21-6 at the half. The Golden Bears extended to a 42-20 lead with 12:50 to play before giving up a couple of scores to make the final score more respectable. The Golden Bears owned a 534-467 edge in total offense, picked up 29 first downs while allowing 24 and both teams turned the ball over once in the contest.

On the season, Cal is 47th in the nation in passing offense with 258 yards per game through the air and 55th in the nation in rushing offense with 177.3 yards per game on the ground. The Golden Bears are 65th in the FBS in scoring offense with an average of 30.3 points per game while they are 92nd in scoring defense by allowing 28.7 points per contest. Chase Garbers is 63 of 99 passing for 774 yards with five touchdowns against two interceptions. He ranks second on the team with 106 yards plus a score on the ground. Damien Moore leads the ground attack with 41 carries for 237 yards plus five scores. DeCarlos Brooks (eight carries, 86 yards) and Christopher Brooks (11 carries, 74 yards) have done damage in their limited action. In the passing game, Nikko Remigio leads the team with 11 receptions for 56 yards plus two scores. Trevon Clark (10 grabs, team-high 227 yards, two TD), Jeremiah Hunter (nine catches, 161 yards, TD) and tight end Jake Tonges (six receptions, 119 yards) are good targets as well. Dario Longhetti has hit 10 of 10 extra-point attempts and one of two field-goal tries with a long of 24 this season.

Washington Huskies Hope to Open Conference Play on Positive Note

Washington started the year with an embarrassing loss to FCS school Montana before getting thumped by Michigan on the road. The Huskies bounced back by demolishing Arkansas State last week and now look to even their record by starting Pac-12 play on a positive note. Against the Red Wolves, Washington had more points in the first 20 minutes of the game (28) than they had in the first two games (17) combined. The Huskies were never challenged in the contest as they were up 35-0 before Arkansas State broke the shutout late in the third quarter. Washington racked up a 598-268 edge in total offense, held a 30-15 advantage in first downs and controlled the clock by a 34:54 to 25:06 margin. Both teams turned the ball over three times, though Washington did cash in a scoop-six in the fourth quarter on one of their takeaways.

The Huskies are 18th in the nation in passing offense as they average 305.7 yards per contest through the air and 116th in the nation in rushing offense as they average 105 yards per contest on the ground. Washington is 102nd in the FBS in scoring offense as they average 23 points per contest while they are 25th in scoring defense by allowing 15.7 points per game. Dylan Morris is 70 of 122 passing for 886 yards with four touchdowns and five interceptions. Sam Huard is two of five for 31 yards on the year. Richard Newton leads the team on the ground with 39 carries for 138 yards plus a score while Cameron Davis (20 carries, 57 yards) is the second back in the system. Taj Davis leads the team with 17 receptions for 231 yards this season. Cade Otton (13 receptions, 138 yards, TD), Jalen McMillan (10 grabs, 175 yards, TD), Terrell Bynum (nine receptions, 179 yards, two TD) and Giles Jackson (eight catches, 87 yards) are all valuable options in the passing game. Peyton Henry has hit all six of his extra point attempts and two of three field goal tries with a long of 38. Tim Horn has connected on all three extra point attempts without attempting a field goal this season.

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Both teams are coming off victories though Cal faced an FCS program in Sacramento State while Washington did face an FBS foe, albeit one from the Sun Belt. Both teams are moving the ball well through the air, though it hasn’t necessarily resulted in offensive bonanzas on the scoreboard. Washington bounced back from two dud offensive showings by piling up 52 against Arkansas State last week. The Huskies are at home here and they have been pretty solid defensively on the season. Cal just gave up 30 points to Sacramento State and that doesn’t instill confidence. Give Washington the edge here as they even their record and start Pac-12 play on a positive note.

Prediction: Washington Huskies -7.5

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Cal has seen the over hit in two of their three games this season. After a combined 39 points in their loss to Nevada against a 52.5-point total, we’ve seen the Golden Bears have a total of 66 points (against a 46.5-point number) against TCU and 72 points (against a 48.5-point mark) against Sacramento State last week. Washington has seen totals of 20, 41 and 55 points in their three games against numbers of 53, 47.5, 58.5 on the year. The under has hit in 10 of the last 11 meetings between the teams entering this contest, including each of the last six matchups at Washington. Look for Washington’s defense to control the game and keep this one short of the total.

Prediction: Under 46.5
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Written By Chris Kubala , "Chris Kubala"

Chris Kubala has been immersed in the world of professional and collegiate sports for more than three decades. Whether it's playing pickup games or being involved in organized sports to being a fan, he's checked all the boxes. From the NFL to arena football, the NHL to the KHL, the NBA to the WNBA to college hoops, and even MLB to the KBO.  If it's out there, he's covered it and bet on it as well. as Chris has been an expert bettor in his career.  Before joining Winners and Whiners back in 2015, his work appeared around the internet and in print. He's written books for Ruckus Books about college basketball, the NBA, NFL, MLB, NHL, golf, and the World Cup. If you're looking for the inside track on hitting a winner, do yourself a favor and read what Chris has to say.