The UCLA Bruins travel to face the Cal Golden Bears in the final week of the college football season.
The Bruins are 8-3 on the season and are coming off a heartbreaking 48-45 loss to rival USC. The 4-7 Bears enter this matchup after defeating Stanford 27-20 in Week 12.
Will the Bruins get the bounce back win in Week 13, or will the Bears pull off the upset at home?
Here’s everything you need from a betting perspective on the UCLA vs. Cal game, from point spread, money line, Over/Under total and expert pick (odds via Bet FOX).
number 16 UCLA at must (4:30 p.m. ET Friday, FOX)
Distribution of points: UCLA -10 (UCLA favored to win by 10+ points, otherwise Cal covers)
Moneyline: UCLA -400 favorite to win (bet $10 to win $12.50 total); Need +270 underdog to win (bet $10 to win $37 total)
Total Over/Under Score: 60.5 points scored by the two teams together
Golden Bears of California
Pick through the FOX Sports NFL Analyst Geoff Schwartz:
Here’s a list of things you can do instead of betting on this game: go shopping, mow the lawn, make a leftover turkey sandwich, throw a ball, work out, take a nap. You get the idea.
But if you just need to feel the thrill of betting on a Pac-12 game, go with the Under.
UCLA’s season is “over.” The Bruins played hard against rival USC last weekend before ultimately losing 48-45. They are no longer in contention for the Pac-12 title game. Everything they’ve worked for this season after starting 7-0 with wins over Washington and Utah is for naught as they won’t be in Las Vegas trying to win the conference for the first time since 1998.
It’s easy to argue that Cal covers this game, but guys, Cal isn’t exactly reliable and betting a single penny on the Bears would be a waste of money.
Cal snapped a six-game losing streak against Stanford in the Big Game last weekend, winning 27-20. The Bears needed a defensive score to cover this game after their quarterback threw two interceptions in the end zone. They rank 97th in offensive points per unit and 82nd in defense. There is nothing they do well. They don’t go to a bowl. I don’t know his motivation for this game.
So you have a game where UCLA could be flat playing a Cal team that could be flat. Or UCLA shows up and dominates. Or Cal plays better than their record and UCLA is bad, and Cal covers that game.
Given all the uncertainty, the Under is your best play.
TO PICK UP: Less than 60.5 points scored by both teams combined
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