The Washington Huskies host the California Golden Bears for an important Pac-12 conference matchup here in Week 2. Kickoff is set for 10:30 PM EST on Saturday, September 7th at Husky Stadium and the game will be televised on FS1.
Taking a look at the Week 2 college football odds, Cal opened as a 12.5-point road underdog earlier this week. That line has shifted by a full point after early betting, as the Golden Bears are currently listed at +13.5. The total for the game is sitting at 43 points.
Vegas Betting Preview & Game Odds: Washington vs California
Cal managed to get past underdog UC Davis in Week 1, winning 27-13 to improve to 1-0 on the season. It certainly wasn’t a perfect performance by any stretch, especially considering that the Aggies jumped out to an early 10-0 lead. However, the Golden Bears scored 13 unanswered points in the second quarter and never looked back. QB Chase Garbers wasn’t overly sharp, completing 16/28 attempts for 238 yards and two touchdowns. The big story on offense for California was clearly RB Christopher Brown Jr. who exploded for 197 yards and a touchdown on 36 carries. WR Kekoa Crawford also had a big game, racking up 83 yards and two touchdowns in the victory. As a whole, the offense put up just under 500 total yards, a performance that should help their confidence moving forward.
The Golden Bears looked fairly solid against UC Davis apart from their slow start in the first quarter. However, by the final whistle they had limited the Aggies to under 300 total yards of offense. The Cal defense held up especially well against the pass, allowing just 181 yards through the air and no touchdowns.
Washington crushed Eastern WA 47-14 in Week 1 to move to 1-0 on the year as well. The Huskies scored 21 straight points in the 1st quarter to put the game out of reach early. QB Jacob Eason played quite well, going 27/36 for 349 yards and four touchdowns. He had a ton of help from the running back duo of Richard Newton and Salvon Ahmed who combined for 135 rushing yards and two touchdowns. WR Aaaron Fuller also had a good start to his 2019 season, hauling in 5 catches for 73 yards and two touchdowns. Overall, the Washington offense gained more than 500 total yards and had plenty of starters chip in with big contributions.
The Huskies were also outstanding on the other side of the ball against the Eagles, giving up less than 275 total yards of offense. Washington really did a great job against the run in particular, almost completing shutting down Eastern Washington on the ground and holding them to less than 75 rushing yards.
NCAA Football Betting Predictions & Free Pick: Washington -13.5
As impressive as Cal was on the ground in Week 1, it is important to remember the caliber of their opponent. Yes, Brown Jr. turned in a fantastic performance and managed to rumble for almost 200 yards from scrimmage. However, UC Davis was well below the nationwide defending average against the run in 2018, giving up over 185 yards per game. Washington was one of the best defensive teams in every statistical category last year, especially against the run. The Golden Bears weren’t that impressive at all in the passing game, as Garbers was erratic at time and struggled to complete much more than 50% of his throws while also getting picked off once. I really think the Huskies offer some pretty decent value as long as the spread stays under two touchdowns.
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The Washington offense should be able to continue to find success here in Week 2 after scoring almost 50 points in their home opener in Week 1. Eason has a ton of weapons to choose from, as over seven offensive starters put up at least 40 yards or more in the victory over the Eagles. While Cal shut down the Aggies in the passing game their last time out, it will be much more of a challenge to slow down a Huskies passing attack that just scored four touchdowns through the air. While the Golden Bears should certainly put up more of a fight than Eastern Washington did, I think the Huskies are simply too much for them to handle – especially at home. Give me Washington to win by at least two touchdowns!