Free Betting Preview: California Golden Bears at BYU Cougars

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The California Golden Bears (+3) are set to pay a visit to the BYU Cougars (-3) at LaVell Edwards Stadium. The opening kickoff for this game is scheduled for 10:15 p.m. ET and fans can tune in to the action on ESPN2.

Betting Preview: BYU Cougars vs. California Golden Bears

California is the road underdog in this game and is currently getting 3 points. The Golden Bears are also receiving +120 moneyline odds while the Cougars are -140. Vegas has determined the over/under (O/U) to be 46.5 points, and if one side can create a bunch of points in the early stages, it’ll likely generate a nice in-game betting scenario.

The game’s total has been driven down after originally being set at 47.5. The opening line has remained consistent.

The Golden Bears have recorded 1.0 unit so far in 2018 and are 0-0-1 against the spread (ATS). The team’s posted an O/U mark of 0-1.

The Cougars have gained 3.4 units for moneyline bettors this season. They’re 1-0 ATS and also have an O/U record of 0-1.

The Golden Bears are 1-0 straight up (SU) in 2018 while the Cougars are also 1-0 SU.

The Golden Bears are hoping to remain unbeaten following a 24-17 victory over North Carolina last week. The passing game could’ve been more effective as the Golden Bears completed 16-of-32 passes for 119 yards and one touchdown. Ross Bowers went eight-for-17 for 56 yards while Chase Garbers completed seven-of-13 for 54 yards and one touchdown. Patrick Laird (only 95 yards on 29 rushes, one TD) and Chase Garbers (39 yards on 10 carries) led the running attack while Laird (four receptions, 14 yards, one TD) and Vic Wharton III (three catches, 18 yards) shared the receiving duties in the win.

BYU is coming off of a 28-23 win over Arizona. Tanner Mangum completed 18-of-28 passes for 209 yards and one touchdown. Squally Canada (98 rushing yards on 24 attempts, three TDs) spearheaded the running game while Moroni Laulu-Pututau (three receptions, 24 yards) and Neil Pau’u (three catches, 10 yards) led the receiving attack in the win.

If the results last year are any indication, then the Cougars could have an edge in terms of effectiveness in the ground game, as their backfield generated 4.2 yards per carry last season while the defense allowed a YPC of 3.7 to opponents. The Golden Bears rushed for 3.6 yards per carry last year while allowing a YPC of 4.1 to opponents..

California Golden Bears at BYU Cougars Free NCAA Betting Tip

SU Winner: California, ATS Winner: California, O/U: Over

Team Betting Notes

  • The BYU D has produced one sack on the year while California has 0.
  • Neither team has lost a fumble yet this season,
  • The Golden Bears produced 19 passing touchdowns last season.
  • The Cougars only put up 13 passing touchdowns last season.
  • The Golden Bears created 17 rushing touchdowns last season.
  • The Cougars put up 12 rushing touchdowns last season.
  • The Golden Bears offense yielded 35 sacks last season. Their defense created 28 sacks.
  • The Cougars O-line allowed 26 sacks last year. Their defense sacked opposing signal-callers 17 times.