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Texas favored vs Cal in Holiday Bowl Odds

California Golden BearsTexas Longhorns
Dec 28, 8:00 PM | Grass of Qualcomm Stadium

California Golden Bears vs Texas Longhorns Odds

6-5TEAM RECORD7-5

Two programs that had hoped for a bigger bowl will do battle in San Diego in the Holiday Bowl for 2011.

The Pac 12 (formerly the Pac 10) has lost 7 of the past 10 battles against Big 12 schools, while the favorites have dominated the Holiday Bowl game odds situation for 13 years. The favorites ate 10-3 ATS, which would mean a cover for Texas if history repeats itself.
This season the Longhorns are 7-5 overall and 6-6 ATS against the number, while the Golden Bears are 6-5 and 6-5 ATS. As for the totals, Texas is 6-6 on the OU, and California is 4-7. [ Full Holiday Bowl odds preview and links to special bowl bonuses ]

View California vs Texas Odds and Stats.

Holiday Bowl Betting Line: Oddsmakers opened the Longhorns as 3-point favorites in the game, while the betting total settled in around 47.5 at Bovada which was offering a huge free bet offer to announce their launch.

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How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Texas's No. 53-ranked offense (28.7 PPG) against a Golden Bears defense that ranks No. 52 at 24.4 PPG. The Longhorns passing attack has averaged 193.6 yards per game, less than the Golden Bears give up through the air (209.4 YPG on average).

Defensively, the Golden Bears feature the league's No. 92-rated road run defense, allowing 207.5 yards per game. Texas, meanwhile, ranks No. 15 in rushing offense at home.

In their last action, California was a 47-38 winner on the road against Arizona State. They covered the 6–point spread as underdogs, while the combined score (85) was profitable news for OVER bettors.

Last time out for Texas, they were a 48-24 loser as they battled Baylor on the road. Texas failed to cover in the match as a 2-point underdog, while 72 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors.

California Golden Bears Trends:
When playing in December are 6-4
When playing on grass are 7-3
After outgaining opponent are 3-7
When an underdog on the road are 2-8

Texas Longhorns Trends:
When playing in December are 6-4
When playing on grass are 8-2
After outgaining opponent are 5-5
When favored at home are 6-4

A few Golden Bears at Longhorns trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of California's last 9 games
California is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Texas's last 6 games