To beat the NCAA football odds, you have to put a heck of a lot of work into your craft. Our college football expert handicappers have done just that here at Cappers Info, and we think that we have the winning edge for the clash between the Northwestern Wildcats vs. California Golden Bears.
Free Football Picks: Northwestern Wildcats vs. California Golden Bears
Date: Saturday, August 31st, 10:30 ET
Location: Memorial Stadium, Berkeley, CA
Week 1 Betting Odds: Northwestern -5.5 (60)
Northwestern vs. California Live TV Coverage: ESPN2
Is it just us, or does the ‘total’ feel just a tad bit high in this game? Last season, the Cal offense really struggled mightily, scoring 17 points or fewer in its last three games and in six of the last nine games of the campaign. Sure, Head Coach Sonny Dykes is going to try to get his team to throw the ball all over the place this year, but we aren’t all that sure that it is anywhere near going to work at this point. QB Jared Goff is going to be starting in his first career game in this one, and he, a true freshman, is going to be leading a team that is going to be trying to run this frantic offense with the second most inexperienced team in the nation.
Northwestern was able to put some big time points on the board last season, and it has a great set of returners as well, namely RB Venric Mark, who could challenge for a Heisman Trophy this season if he goes off and the team wins big time games. That said, this number of 60 is a high one for early on in the year. This game isn’t going to feature 83 points like the first Northwestern game of last season against Syracuse did unless all of a sudden, Goff is going to become the next Ryan Nassib and throw for over 400 yards against the Wildcats. The Cats should slow this one down just a bit, and when they do, that could really frustrate the heck out of this Cal team on both sides of the ball. Don’t be surprised when this one turns out to be quite sloppy and ultimately features around 45 points.
Northwestern vs. California Pick: Under 60
Northwestern @ California Score Prediction: Northwestern 28 – California 17