California Golden Bears vs Arizona State Sun Devils Pick

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California Golden Bears (-6.5) @ Arizona State Sun Devils Pick: From the outset, this looks eerily like a gimmie game for the Golden Bears, so I’m going to walk you through my steps to understand what they heck Vegas is doing by making the Bears less than a touchdown favorite against an Arizona State team that really hasn’t looked very good at all. Step 1: Is there some kind of freakish injury to a key Bear player that would constitute a spread this low in a game that seems pretty lopsided? Nope, the Bears have one player on the injury report and he’s been there since August… Step 2: are the Bears overrated? You bet, they are way overrated, but they are still way better than the Sun Devils. Step 3: Does Arizona State do something offensively that could leave the Bears vulnerable? Well, anyone that can score points leaves the Bears defense vulnerable, but no, Arizona State runs it a little, can pass it a little, but generally, when they get out-rushed, they lose. They’ve been out-rushed 4 times this year, their only win in those games? Louisiana Monroe. Don’t get me wrong, Cal has disappointed, and almost always they struggle against good teams. Fortunately for you, and for me, the Sun Devils are a bad team, and that is the type of situation that Cal thrives in. I think they win by 3-4 touchdowns in Arizona.

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