So a Duck and a Bear are sitting next to each other in a bar out west. The Duck throws back a shot, looks at the Bear and says, “You lose to your arch-rival, too?” And the Bear says, “No, I just ate a couple guys, and I thought I would enjoy a drink.” Heyyy-oh! Man, that joke never gets old, primarily because that will be the first and last time it’s ever told.
Yep, both Oregon and Cal are coming off tough losses last week, and they’ll get to take out their frustrations on each other this weekend. Here are our best college football betting picks and predictions for No. 23 Oregon at Cal, with kickoff scheduled for Saturday, December 5 at 7:00 PM.
Oregon Ducks at California Golden Bears Betting Preview
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Oregon: Cam McCormick TE (Questionable), Spencer Webb TE (Questionable), Patrick Herbert TE (Questionable), Daewood Davis WR (Questionable), Nick Pickett S (Questionable), Jamal Hill S (Questionable), CJ Verdell RB (Questionable).
California: Jeremiah Hunter WR (Out).
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Betting Trend to Know
The Ducks are 7-2 ATS in their last nine meetings with the Golden Bears. Find more NCAA betting trends for Oregon vs. California.
Against the Spread (ATS) Pick
I don’t know you anymore, Oregon. The Ducks were one of my favorite early season teams to follow, but they gave away last week’s rivalry game against Oregon State. Playing in a dense fog, the Ducks turned the ball over three times, allowed the Beavers to score with less than a minute remaining and lost 41-38—their first loss of the season. Oregon had the game in hand but allowed Oregon State to score 22 points in the final quarter.
As bad as that loss was, Cal’s was even worse. The Golden Bears remained winless on the season after falling to Stanford 24-23 on Friday night. Cal was on its way to forcing overtime after scoring a touchdown with about a minute to play. However, kicker Dario Longhetto missed the extra point, giving the Cardinal a victory and dropping Cal to 0-3 on the year.
This feels like a sucker bet to me because everyone will be on the Ducks and lay what seems like a short number considering how bad the Bears are. And yet, I can’t help myself. Cal is 1-6-1 ATS in its last eight home games, and I think the Ducks get right in this spot.
PREDICTION: Oregon -10.0 (-110)
Despite their disappointing loss to the Beavers, Oregon has scored at least 35 points in every single game this season. The Ducks are also banged up, which should give Cal a few opportunities to get on the board, and the Over is 5-0 in Oregon’s last five road games.
PREDICTION: Over 58.0 (-110)
Team Total Pick
Cal is a suspect team – as evidenced by their struggles this season – but I was surprised to see the Golden Bears rush for 251 yards on the ground last week. Chase Garbers is good enough to complement that ground game with his arm, and my money is on the Golden Bears surprising us offensively—even if I think Oregon will pull away and cover.
And that’s no joke.
PREDICTION: Cal team total Over 23.5 (-110)
Oregon vs California Betting Card
- Oregon -10.0 (-110)
- Over 58.0 (-110)
- Cal team total Over 23.5 (-110)
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