Northwestern Wildcats Prediction vs California Golden Bears in Week 1 College Football Odds

California Golden Bears

vs

Northwestern Wildcats
Saturday, August 30, 2014 3:30 PM ET
Ryan Field

It was a long and grueling season for the Golden Bears last year. Cal ended the season on a 10-game losing streak, during which they were 2-8 ATS. Overall Cal was 1-11 SU, 2-10 ATS and 2-9 ATS as the underdog last season.

The Wildcats defeated Illinois in their season finale last year to snap a seven-game losing streak. Northwestern was 5-7 SU overall last season and even worse ATS at 3-9. Northwestern couldn’t cover at home at 1-6 ATS, on the road at 2-3 ATS, or as an underdog at 1-4 ATS.

California Golden Bears vs Northwestern Wildcats Opening Odds and Betting Line

Those siding with the visitors in this one saw the Golden Bears listed as 14-point underdogs earlier this week at Bovada. Meanwhile, the over under betting line was unavaiilable earlier in the week.

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Computer Prediction: California Golden Bears vs Northwestern Wildcats Pick

Handicapping prediction models run by the computers at Odds Shark pick a 27-7 result in favor of the Wildcats. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NCAAF matchups here.

California Golden Bears vs Northwestern Wildcats Odds and Stats.

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The California Golden Bears will look to cover ATS vs their hosts on Saturday, as they are 2-10 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Northwestern Wildcats are 3-9 ATS. California is 5-6-1 against the over under total, while Northwestern is 4-8 versus the number. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Northwestern vs California injuries news.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Northwestern Wildcats rated this week at No. 79 and the California Golden Bears sitting at No. 114.

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How California Golden Bears vs Northwestern Wildcats Stats Matchup

The game also pits Northwestern's No. 83-ranked offense, averaging 26.17 PPG, against a California defense that ranks No. 124 this week at 45.92 PPG. The Northwestern aerial game is averaging 227.17 yards per game, less than the California Golden Bears secondary allows through the air, 341 YPG per game.

In comparing defenses, the California Golden Bears own the league's No. 68-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 176.6 yards per game when on the road. Northwestern, on the other hand, rates No. 6 this week in generating rushing yards at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

California lost its last outing, a 63-13 result against Stanford on November 23. California failed to cover in that game as a 31.5-point underdog, while the 76 combined points took the game OVER the total. Richard Rodgers was good for 125 receiving yards in the Golden Bears's most recent action, but while it helped his stats, it didn�t help his team to victory and they fell 63-13 to the Golden Bears.

In their last action, Northwestern was a 37-34 winner on the road against Illinois. They failed to cover the 3.5-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (71) was profitable news for OVER bettors. Trevor Siemian throttled the Fighting Illini defense in his team's most recent action, throwing for 414 yards as Northwestern handed Illinois a 37-34 defeat.

Next Betting Matchups

California home to Sacramento State, Saturday, September 6th
Northwestern home to Northern Illinois, Saturday, September 6th