Washington vs. Cal: College Football Betting Picks, Predictions and Tips – September 23, 2023

Written By PlayPicks Staff on September 17, 2023

The No. 8 Washington Huskies (3-0) will face off against their Pac-12-rival, the California Golden Bears (2-1) in a matchup on Saturday, September 23, 2023 at Husky Stadium. The Golden Bears will need a complete game to pull off an upset, they are currently 20.5-point underdogs. The over/under for the outing is 56.5 points.

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Washington vs. Cal Odds

Favorite Spread Favorite Spread Odds Underdog Spread Odds Total Over Total Odds Under Total Odds
Washington -20.5 -110 -110 56.5 -110 -110

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Computer Pick

Computer picks for Washington vs Cal
ATS Total Score prediction
Cal (+20.5) Under (56.5) Washington 32 Cal 24

Predictions are calculated by a data-driven algorithm (raw power score) that ranks head-to-head matchup results within a closed network of games. Prediction confidence is determined by the delta between each team’s raw power score.

Team Stat Comparison

Washington Cal
Off. Points per Game (Rank) 46.7 (11) 33 (62)
Def. Points per Game (Rank) 12 (14) 17.3 (40)
Turnovers Allowed (Rank) 3 (33) 5 (77)
Turnovers Forced (Rank) 4 (65) 10 (1)

Washington vs. Cal Betting Insights

Washington Stats and Trends

  • Washington has won two games against the spread this season.
  • The Huskies have not covered the spread when favored by 20.5 points or more this season (in one opportunity).
  • So far this season, one Washington game has gone over the point total.
  • Dawgs games have gone over 56.5 points only once this season (in three outings).
  • UW’s contests this year have an average point total of 60.5, 4.0 more points than this matchup’s over/under.

Recent Head-to-Head Matchups

In the past two matchups between these two squads, Washington holds a 2-0 advantage over Cal. In those games against the Huskies, the Golden Bears have a 2-0 record against the spread with those games outpacing the point total on one occasion. Washington put up 59 points in those two matchups compared to Cal’s 45.

Cal Stats and Trends

  • Cal has won two games against the spread this season.
  • Games featuring Cal have gone over the point total once this year.
  • The Bears have played only one game this season that finished with a combined score higher than 56.5 points.
  • Cal has a 54.0-point average over/under in their outings this season, 2.5 fewer points than this game’s total.

Washington Players to Watch

  • Michael Penix Jr. leads the team with 1,332 passing yards (444 yards per game) and has a 74.3% completion percentage this year (84-of-113) while throwing 12 touchdowns with one interception.
  • Dillon Johnson has churned out a team-high 83 rushing yards (41.5 yards per game) and scored one touchdown.
  • Will Nixon has 82 yards on 13 carries (27.3 ypg).
  • Rome Odunze has 22 catches, leading his team with 419 yards (139.7 ypg) while scoring two touchdowns this season.
  • Jalen McMillan has also added 311 yards on 20 catches and three touchdowns. He averages 103.7 receiving yards per game this year.
  • Ja’Lynn Polk is averaging 100 yards per game, racking up 13 receptions for 300 yards and two touchdowns.

Cal Players to Watch

  • Ben Finley leads his team with 319 passing yards (106.3 per game) and has a 68.1% completion percentage (32-of-47), throwing one touchdown pass and one interception.
  • Jaydn Ott has rushed for a team-high 266 yards on 40 attempts (133 yards per game) and three touchdowns.
  • Isaiah Ifanse has run for 206 yards on 36 carries (68.7 yards per game), with four touchdowns on the ground this year.
  • Jeremiah Hunter has 16 catches, leading his team with 147 yards (49 ypg) while hauling in two touchdowns this season.
  • Trond Grizzell has chipped in with 91 yards (on eight catches) and one touchdown.
  • This season Monroe Young has caught eight passes for 88 yards, averaging 44 receiving yards per game.

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