Cal-Oregon over/under ranks second-highest total ever

Sep 25, 2013 |
Cal-Oregon over/under ranks second-highest total ever
Cal has an explosive passing game but hasn't been able to stop opponents on defense.
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Cal has an explosive passing game but hasn't been able to stop opponents on defense.
Photo By - USA Today Sports
According to oddsmakers, the Cal Golden Bears and Oregon Ducks will score 1.4 points per minute when these Pac-12 rivals collide in Eugene, Oregon Saturday night.

If you’re slow on the math, the total for this game is at 84 points, which makes it the second-highest over/under line in college football since 1985 (as far back as our stats engine goes). In conversations with veteran Las Vegas oddsmakers, none remember seeing totals this high in the past.

Top billing goes to last year’s Week 14 Big 12 battle between the Oklahoma State Cowboys and Baylor Bears, which closed at 88 points and was high as 88.5 during that week. Baylor edged OSU 41-34, playing under that massive number.

In fact, of the 11 games to boast a total of 80 points or more in the past 28 seasons, five have played over the number and six have stayed under. Over/unders in the 82-plus range – which there were five – saw the over hit just twice.

College football bettors have already tangled with an 80-point number this season. Books posted a total of 80 points for last week’s Lone Star State shootout between the SMU Mustangs and Texas A&M Aggies. The Aggies beat the Mustangs 42-13, playing well under the total.

The Ducks are averaging 61.3 points per game – second most in the land – while the Golden Bears have hung an average of 33.7 points on opponents and rank second in the FBS with 437 passing yards per outing.

Cal’s defense is among the worst in the country, getting gashed for 42 points on 559.7 yards per game, but has played a tough opening stretch of schedule featuring Northwestern, Ohio State and FCS offensive power Portland State.

Both Cal and Oregon bring a 3-0 O/U record into Saturday’s contest.

Here’s a look at the 11 games with 80-plus totals since 1985:

80 – SMU 13, Texas A&M 42 (Sept 20, 2013)
82 – UCLA 26, Baylor 49 (Dec 27, 2012)
88 – Oklahoma State 34, Baylor 41 (Dec 1, 2012)
80 – Baylor 52, Texas Tech 45 (Nov 14, 2012)
82.5 – Baylor 63, West Virginia 70 (Sept 29, 2012)
80 – Washington 56, Baylor 67 (Dec 29, 2011)
82 – Texas Tech 42, Baylor 66 (Nov 26, 2011)
83 – Baylor 59, Oklahoma State 24 (Oct 29, 2011)
80.5 – Tulsa 30, Houston 70 (Nov 15, 2008)
80.5 – New Mexico State 13, Hawaii 50 (Oct 27, 2007)
80 – Colorado 21, Texas Tech 26 (Nov 1, 2003)

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