College football gambling handicappers respect the Golden Bears of Cal as a team that is one of the toughest in NCAA football wagering when playing at home.
The Cal Bears will host the Oregon Ducks on Saturday with a telecast on Versus and a starting time of 7:30 PM ET. Sports-Gambling opened with Oregon as a 20 point favorite.
#1 Oregon has a record of 9-0 straight up and 6-2-1 with the college football odds as 7 of their games have gone over the total. Oregon scored a push last week in their 53-16 home win over Washington.
Whatever is said about the Ducks offense, it is never enough, as many college football insiders as well as fans consider it the most dangerous and explosive of all time. Oregon is averaging and astounding 54.7 points per game while the defense ranks a solid 13th in the nation with an average of 17.7 points per game allowed
LaMichael James continues to be a leading Heisman Trophy candidate with 1351 yards rushing and a 6.9 yards per carry average with a staggering 17 touchdowns. Quarterback Darron Thomas has 2052 yards passing with a 22/6 touchdown/interception ratio.
Oregon also has one of the top special teams in the nation as Cliff Harris has returned 3 punts for touchdowns with a 21.7 yards per return average. Harris also leads the Ducks with 5 interceptions with 1 “pick six.”
The Cal Bears have a record of 5-4 both straight up and with the college football lines and have gotten the money in all 4 of their previous home games this year. Cal escaped with a 20-13 win at Washington State last week but failed to cover as 14.5 point favorites.
Cal ranks a surprising 12th in the nation for defense but a rather substandard 74th in total offense. Kevin Riley has passed for 1409 yards and a 13/6 TD/INT ratio while Shane Vereen has 774 yards rushing with a 5.5 yards per carry average and 10 TD’s.
The host has covered 4 of the last 5 college football gambling matchups in this series, which has gone under the total in 4 of the last 5 meetings.