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Cal-Oregon Has The Highest Total In NCAAF History

We all know that Oregon and California can’t play defense, but this is ridiculous. The Ducks and Golden Bears meet in a relatively unimportant Pac-12 affair, which would go on without much note except the total is one of the biggest in college football history.

Oregon and Cal saw an opening total of 87.5 before that number jumped as high as 89 at some books on Friday morning. That eclipses the previous record held by Baylor vs Texas Tech last season. 

There have been 10 games that have closed with a total of 82.0 or higher since our database begins in 1980, with five of those happening in the past two seasons. Those 10 games have seen the OVER hit on six occasions with teams combining for 90 or more points five times.

Oregon’s defense has been one of the worst in the nation, as the Ducks have surrendered 41.8 points per game through the season. That number jumps to 49.3 points allowed in their four Pac-12 outings this season. The Ducks’ offense has been high-scoring with the team averaging 36.8 ppg, but they have sputtered within conference play.

Cal has had one of the best offenses in the country, as quarterback Davis Webb has led the team to the fourth-best passing attack and 11th-highest scoring offense. It will be vital to watch the injury report, as Webb is listed as questionable for this game due to a hand injury.

Highest Closing Totals in NCAAF History
DateAwayHomeClosing TotalFinal Score
03/10/15BaylorTexas Tech88.598
01/12/12Oklahoma StateBaylor88.075
04/09/16Texas TechStephen F. Austin87.086
29/09/12BaylorWest Virginia85.0133
04/09/16Arizona StateCal85.092
22/10/16OklahomaTexas Tech85.0-
16/11/13Texas TechBaylor84.597
26/09/15TCUTexas Tech84107
29/10/11BaylorOklahoma State82.5083
04/09/16Texas TechWest Virginia82.065