College Football Pick: Oregon State vs. California

College Football Pick: Oregon State  vs. CaliforniaOregon State Beavers vs. Cal Bears College Football Preview

Date/Time: October 19, 2013 10:30 pm EST

Television: ESPN

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College Football Betting Favorite: Oregon State -10.5

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Oregon State and Cal square off in a game that is sure to have a lot of points and tons of yards. Both of these teams like to throw the ball early and often, and neither defense has proven capable of stopping anyone. Can Cal gets its first Pac-12 win or will Oregon State spoil their chance?

Game Overview:

Would you believe that Oregon State has a quarterback who has 25 touchdowns and just three interceptions so far this year? Sean Mannion has been absolutely amazing so far this year. Mannion had to fight for the job before the season, but he has a stronghold on the job now. His numbers are as good as anyone’s in the country. It certainly doesn’t hurt that he has Brandin Cooks dominating on the outside. Cooks might be the best receiver in the nation. Cooks has racked up 63 catches and 11 touchdown receptions in only six games. The number one passing team in the country is the Oregon State Beavers. This team doesn’t even try to run the football. It’s all about the pass, and no one has been able to stop it!

Oregon State’s defense is a very aggressive one. The Beavers take a lot of chances in the secondary. Steven Nelson already has five interceptions this year, but the team also gets beat deep far too often because of their aggressive style in the secondary. Cal has the passing attack to hurt them, but Oregon State could easily grab several interceptions. Can Oregon State get some pressure on the quarterback here?

The Cal Bears have a new coach and a brand new system this year. Sonny Dykes led Louisiana Tech to some great seasons in his time there. Dykes simply doesn’t have Pac-12 talent to work with right now, and you can’t blame him for this team taking their lumps this season. One thing he does have is a very talented freshman quarterback. Jared Goff has thrown for 2,016 yards already in 2013. Goff has thrown six interceptions, so he’ll have to cut down on his turnovers, but he has shown a ton of promise. The Bears are averaging 368 yards per game through the air. Cal is 25th in the nation in total offense, but they are averaging only 24.8 points per game. They have to finish drives better moving forward.

The Cal defense is allowing 43.7 points per game this season. That is 124th in the nation. The bad news for Cal is there are only 124 FBS level teams in the country, so they are dead last in points per game allowed in 2013. The defense didn’t have all that much talent to start with, and then they got bitten by the injury bug. They have to find a way to at least slow down Oregon State’s passing attack.

Free Pick: Oregon State -10.5

Oregon State’s defense isn’t good, but it’s a lot better than Cal’s. Mannion gives them a big edge at quarterback with his experience as well. I like Oregon State here.

Kyle Hunter

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