College Football: Week 8 ORE vs. CAL
Oregon Ducks (2-4, 0-3 PAC12) at California Golden Bears (3-3, 1-2 PAC12)
October 21, 2016- 10:30 PM ET (TV ESPN) Memorial Stadium, Berkeley, CA
PAC-12 football will highlight the action in a Friday night lights contest as the Oregon Ducks will travel into Memorial Stadium to square off against conference rival California Golden Bears in what should be an entertaining matchup that has the following betting lines;
In what is definitely a down year for the Ducks (2-4), they will be in search of their first conference victory as they are 0-3 in the PAC12 and appeared to hit rock bottom after what happened to them last week; a 70-21 dismantling by No. 5 Washington in Seattle as the Ducks where handed their fourth consecutive defeat.
Now, with their season on the brink of disaster, Oregon will be aiming to put it all together in what will be a tough road game in what is expected to be a frenzied crowd in front of a national television audience.
But, if the once-powerful Ducks have any hope of pulling off the upset, they must first find a way to play some defense; no doubt their Achilles Heel of this team as they are allowing 41.8 points and yielding 522.3 yards per game.
Oregon is led by freshman QB Dakota Prukop, who so far is a far cry from the previous signal-callers as he has thrown for 1173 yards with eight touchdowns to only two picks guiding a team scoring 36.8 points per game.
For Cal, who were once ranked, they stand at 3-3 (1-2) in conference and are coming off an overtime defeat at Oregon State 47-44; a disappointing loss as they were coming off a 28-23 win over ranked Utah the week before.
Much like their counterparts, California is able to put points on the board to the tune of 42.3 per game behind a whopping 530.2 yards per contest, but it’s the defense that needs to step it up as they are giving up 40.0 points per game.
Senior play-caller Davis Webb has been outstanding with his arm throwing for 2256 yards with 22 touchdowns to seven picks.Prediction/Pick
While, this game is expected to provide plenty of fireworks in the scoring department, which defense will make the big plays when needed? Too close to call across the board from the sportsbooks, BetOnline has this ORE vs. CAL matchup (EVEN), with an over/under of 89.5 total game points scored from MyBookie.
Putting my confidence in California, I will favor the Golden Bears in a straight-up moneyline win (-102) over Oregon for the win.Recommended for you
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Oregon vs. California Game Preview & Fearless Prediction Teams & Conferences Oregon vs. California Game Preview & Fearless Prediction
By Pete Fiutak October 20, 2016 4:03 pm
By: Pete Fiutak | October 20, 2016 4:03 pm
Check out the Oregon vs. California fearless prediction and game preview.Oregon (2-4) vs. California (3-3) Game Preview
Date: Saturday, Oct. 22
Game Time: 10:30 pm
Venue: Memorial Stadium, Berkeley, CA
It’s Oregon’s last stand for so many reasons.
After losing four straight, and with 13 days to sit and stew on a 70-21 loss to Washington, the Ducks need a key win on the road to try getting back in the hunt for a bowl game.
Forget the Pac-12 title, and forget about challenging for anything big. For now, just getting a victory to stop the slide would do wonders for the program and head coach Mark Helfrich.
What’s been the biggest problem? The defense can’t come up with a stop in any way, getting hit hard by anything and everything Colorado, Washington State and Washington wanted to do. The offense isn’t as strong as it was a few years ago to make up for the defensive deficiencies, but with time off to prepare, and with Cal’s star pitch-catch combination of QB Davis Webb to WR Chad Hansen hurting, this is the chance to turn things around.
Webb should be able to go on his banged up ankle, and Hansen is trying to fight through a hand injury. They need to not only play, but be amazing to keep the Bear hopes alive.Like this article?
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After blowing the layup against Oregon State two weeks ago, Cal now has to win three of its last six games with trips to USC and Washington State ahead, and Washington, Stanford and UCLA still to deal with. Shockingly, Oregon is the easiest game left on the slate.
But offense isn’t Cal’s biggest problem.
The defense couldn’t deal with the Oregon State spread – getting hammered for 474 rushing yards and six touchdowns as the Beavers ripped off big run after big run.
And that’s exactly what Oregon is going to do.
No, the Duck defense won’t be able to stop anything the Bears are able to do no matter who’s at quarterback, but this will be the bust-out game for the offense. Royce Freeman crushed Cal for 180 yards last year and 112 yards and two scores as a freshman.
He’ll hit 200 yards without breathing hard.Oregon vs. California Prediction
Final Score: Oregon 45, Cal 40
ATS Confidence: 5: Cash in the 401k – 1: Broke College Athlete: Anything Helps … 2
Must See Rating: 5: Phi Slama Jama – 1: Kevin Can Wait … 3
Oregon Ducks (2-4 SU, 0-5-1 ATS) vs. California Golden Bears (3-3 SU, 3-3 ATS)
College Football Week 8
Date/Time: Friday, October 21st, 10:30PM (EST)
Where: Memorial Stadium Berkeley, C.A.
by Jay, NCAA Football Handicapper, Predictem.com
Point Spread: ORE +3/CAL -3
Over/Under Total: TBA
The California Golden Bears will host the Oregon Ducks this Friday night for a 10:30PM (EST) commencement inside Memorial Stadium. For the first time in ages, neither team enters this Friday night’s conflict with a winning record. The Golden Bears are 3-3 SU on the season and had last week off to heal from a heartbreaking 47-44 loss in overtime to Oregon State. Interestingly Cal has been the epitome of inconsistency this season swapping wins and losses like spares and strikes in a Dutch 200. However, the Golden Bears will have a great opportunity to get back above the .500 mark this Friday when they take on an Oregon team that is having even bigger issues.
Oregon was also out of action last week as they attempted to recover from one of the worse beatings in school history by way of their 70-21 defeat to Washington in Eugene nevertheless. While many people expected Oregon to struggle this year, I don’t think anyone imagined the troubles they have shown thus far. Even against the books, the Ducks have been horrendous with a 0-5-1 ATS mark this season. They were competitive in the losses to Nebraska and Colorado but the wheels apparently fell off after those losses. The Ducks were outscored 121-54 against Washington State and Washington combined. Now the question becomes can Oregon avoid their first losing season since 2004?
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So what has attributed to Oregon’s downfall? The easy answer is “defense.” I know Oregon has never had the best defenses over the last decade or more as tyrannical powers in the Pac-12. However, they have never been this bad either. Oregon ranks 2nd to last in the FBS giving up a whopping 522 yards per game. Only Rice has yielded more yards than Oregon with 529 yards allowed per game. There are also just 3 teams in all of college football that have allowed more points than Oregon on average as the Ducks have allowed 41.8 points per game this season.
While the defense is perhaps the worse it has ever been, Oregon has also not been nearly as dominant offensively as in recent years also which is not helping matters. Make no mistakes about it, the Ducks are still very talented on offense and they show it each week with nearly 500 yards of offense. Running back Royce Freeman is still one of the best rushers in the Pac-12 and the offense has plenty of big play potential equipped with speed in the receiving corps. Quarterback Dakota Prukop has been decent with 1,173 yards with 8 scores and 2 picks. However, the offense is far from their prestigious form that was among the best in college football as it was under Chip Kelly and even in the beginning of the Mark Helfrich era.
Still, Oregon’s offense will give them chances to win football games going forward but the defense must play better for it to happen. This Friday’s contest at Cal will be very interesting because the Golden Bears have a very talented passing attack that to add to Oregon’s defensive concerns. Quarterback David Webb has already thrown for 22 touchdowns through the first 6 games with 7 picks on the season.
Webb has been able to spread the ball around to 6 different receivers that have double digit receptions led by Chad Hansen who leads the Pac-12 with 59 catches totaling 770 yards and 8 touchdowns. Hansen is a nightmare for this Oregon secondary that has given up many big plays this year and if the Ducks have to give help over the top; it will only open up more opportunities for Webb in the passing game. Both Webb and Hansen were a little banged up last week but they are expected to play on Friday. If that holds true, this is just a bad matchup for Oregon as their biggest weakness on defense plays right into the strength of Cal’s offense. Expect a lot of big plays from Cal as they look to cruise to 4-3.
Jay's Pick to Cover the Point Spread: Cal -3
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In a special Thursday night battle, the No. 9 Oregon Ducks will host their Pac-12 rivals, the California Golden Bears. The Ducks have bounced back since losing to LSU in Week 1 and still appear to be one of the nation's elite teams.
The Bears got off to a 3-1 start, but their momentum was halted in Week 4 with a loss to Washington. California was one of Oregon's toughest matchups last season as the Ducks narrowly escaped with a 15-13 victory en route to the National Championship Game.
In all likelihood the Ducks won't be playing for the National Championship again this season, but if they have designs on winning the Pac-12 in its inaugural season, then a win is crucial against the Golden Bears on Thursday.
Where: Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Ore.
When: Thursday, Oct. 6 at 9 p.m. EDT
Listen: KGO 810 AM (California) and KUGN 590 AM (Oregon)
Who Might Not Play for California: TE Spencer Ladner
Junior tight end Spencer Ladner is highly unlikely to suit up against the Ducks on Thursday as he has missed the past three weeks with a knee injury. Ladner isn't a big contributor in terms of pass receiving, but his absence will be felt in the running game.
At 6'7" and 260 lbs., Ladner is a highly effective run blocker. In fact, he almost acts as an extra offensive lineman on running plays. It will be interesting to see if the Bears struggle in short-yardage situations without him.
Who Might Not Play for Oregon: OL Ramsen Golpashin
Senior offensive lineman Ramsen Golpashin is out indefinitely with a knee injury and won't play against California on Thursday night. Although Golpashin isn't a starter, he is the main reserve on Oregon's offensive line and got into almost every game last season.
With as often as the Ducks run the ball, it would have been nice to have Golpashin available. His loss may not seem significant, but if an injury occurs along the line, then Oregon may have to turn to a far less experienced alternative.
BCS/Top 25 Poll Implications
At 3-1 with a loss to Washington, California isn't anywhere near the Top 25, but a win over Oregon would almost certainly catapult the Bears into the rankings. Also, their BCS hopes are essentially non-existent, especially after losing to Washington.
At No. 9 in the polls, the Ducks absolutely need to win or else they will plummet. Even with a loss on their record, the Ducks are still very much alive for a BCS berth. While they currently trail No. 7 Stanford in the Pac-12 standings, Oregon controls its own destiny as it faces the Cardinal later in the season.
While the chances of a California upset are extremely thin at this point, they will have to replicate their gameplan from a year ago if they are to have any chance. The Bears held Oregon's running game in check last season in a 15-13 loss and was successful in slowing down the game.
Although it was never proven, there have been whispers that the Bears faked injuries last season in order to slow down the Oregon offense. While it may not be the sportsmanlike thing to do, California would be smart to fake injuries again in this game if that is, in fact, what they did last season.
Provided Oregon sticks to its usual gameplan, the Ducks should have little issue defeating Cal on Thursday night. The Oregon offense continues to run through running back LaMichael James who has 613 rushing yards and seven touchdowns through just four games.
While quarterback Darron Thomas isn't the key figure in Oregon's offense, he will need to be a consistent passer as usual in order to keep California off balance. Provided the Ducks can execute, then they should cruise.
Oregon 48, California 21
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The Oregon Ducks (2-2) will host the California Golden Bears (3-1) in a Saturday night Pac-12 matchup under the lights. Kickoff is set for 10:30 EST at the Rose Bowl and will be televised on ESPN2.
Oddsmakers currently have the Ducks listed as a 13.5-point home favorite with the total set at 68 points. Click on the link to access our Week 5 odds page, which includes a full betting schedule and game previews.California vs Oregon Betting Odds & Vegas Game Preview
The Golden Bears enter this contest off a 20-30 loss at home to No. 5 USC. It was Cal’s first loss of the season after an impressive 3-0 start under first year head coach Justin Wilcox. What was important to bettors is they covered the 17-point spread against the Trojans. The Bears are now 3-1 ATS on the season, with the only non-cover coming against FCS foe Weber State.
Oregon is coming off a crushing 35-37 loss at Arizona State, where they never really threatened to cover as a 15-point favorite. The Ducks trailed 14-31 in the 2nd half, but managed to take a 35-34 lead with over 6 minutes to play. It was also Oregon’s first loss of the season, though they are now just 2-2 ATS.
These two played one of the more entertaining games of the Pac-12 season last year. Cal escaped with a 52-49 double-overtime win at home after blowing both a 21-0 and 34-14 lead in regulation. One of the more impressive stats for that game is the Golden Bears had a ridiculous 40 first downs. It’s also worth noting Cal went off in that game as a 1-point favorite. First time they had been favored over the Ducks since 2009.NCAA Football Free Betting Prediction & Pick Against the Spread: Oregon -13.5
I was high on this Ducks’ team coming into this season and had really been impressed with what I saw in their first 3 games. I was surprised they didn’t come away with a win against Arizona State, but that’s a much improved Sun Devils team that came to play in a prime time game at home. The good news, is I believe that upset loss on the road and Cal keeping it respectable against USC has Oregon showing some value.
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This time it’s Oregon that’s going to benefit from playing at home in big game under the lights. A place where they have absolutely dominated teams in years past. While the Ducks are a top level program in the Pac-12, Cal doesn’t get as up for them as they do USC, especially with Oregon being unranked.
I see this as a big letdown spot for the Golden Bears and Oregon is a team that can blow you out in a hurry if you aren’t careful. You also can’t forget about the revenge angle.
Offensively this looks a lot like the old Ducks’ teams. Oregon is 19th in the country in rushing at 244 ypg and 16th in passing at 313 ypg (7th overall in total offense). Defensively they are 46th overall, giving up just 349.6 ypg, a massive improvement over last year when they gave up 41.4 ppg and 518 ypg. The run defense allowed 247 ypg and 5.7 yards/carry in 2016 and this year are giving up 116.8 ypg and 3.1 yards/carry.
I know it’s early, but Oregon’s schedule so far has been far from a walk in the park. I expect this team to continue to light it up offensively and keep improving defensively. I just don’t see Cal being able to keep pace offensively. The Golden Bears had just 13 points before a garbage TD in the final minutes against USC. They also turned the ball over 6 times in that game and have 11 on the year already. There’s also a lot being made of their defense, but it’s currently 106th in the country, allowing 445.8 ypg.
Cal is 0-7 ATS in their last 7 road games with a total of 63 or more points, losing by an average score of 29 to 45. They are also 0-6 ATS in their last 6 road games after a cover in their previous contest.
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