NCAA Football Betting Preview: California Golden Bears vs. Oregon Ducks – Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020

The No. 23 Oregon Ducks will be looking to rebound after falling to rival Oregon State last week 41-38. California is still searching for their first win of the season.

The Golden Bears lost a close one to their rival Stanford 24-23. After losing to UCLA by 24 in the opening week, California has lost to Stanford and Oregon State by a combined 5 points in their last two games.

Oregon Betting Preview: Problems on Defense

The Ducks offense has not been the problem this season. They are averaging just over 38 points per game and 491.8 yards per game.

The issue has been a defense that hasn’t been able to stop anyone since their season-opening victory over Stanford. Ultimately, the loss to the Beavers ended any slim chance at a playoff berth, but the Ducks can still get a chance at the PAC-12 title but cannot afford any more losses.

Quarterback Tyler Shough has completed 77-of-117 passes for 1,158 yards with 11 touchdowns and four interceptions. Devon Williams has been his favorite target with 13 catches for 264 yards with two touchdowns.

The running game has been just as good as the passing attack, averaging over 200 yards per game. CJ Verdell has led the charge with 277 yards on 59 carries with three touchdowns.

Defensively, the Ducks have struggled mightily. They are allowing opponents to score 29.8 points per game and are allowing 457 yards. Stopping the run has been a real issue as opponents have scorched Oregon for 208 yards per game.

California Betting Preview: Struggling on Offense

California has had the opposite issue of the Ducks. They have been really good on defense, but the offense has been stagnant. The Golden Bears are averaging only 335.7 yards per game and 20 points.

Quarterback Chase Garbers has completed 65-of-104 passes for 588 yards with five touchdowns and three interceptions. California has one of the worst passing attacks in the nation, averaging under 200 yards per game.

The Golden Bears running attack hasn’t been much better, averaging only 135 yards per game. They are led by Damien Miller, who has carried the ball 26 times for 168 yards but has yet to find the endzone.

The defense has done their part keeping California in the last two games. Opponents are only gaining an average of 366 yards per game but have given up 29.7 points. The points are mostly due to an offense not moving the ball, allowing their opponents to have great field position.

Oregon at California Betting Odds & Lines

MyBookie has Oregon as 9-point favorites.

Free Betting Pick

The California defense should keep them in the game in the first half. The time of possession battle will be all Oregon. CJ Verdell and the Ducks will pull away in the second half.

I like the Ducks at -9

Oregon 37, California 24Spooky Express Free Pick: Oregon -9

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