WASH­ING­TON over Cal­i­for­nia by 21

Playbook Football (Midweek Alert) - - 2-minute Handicap -

The Golden Bears lost 66-27 at home to U-Dub last year but beat them, 30-24, here in 2015. Cal head coach Justin Wil­cox has done a great job im­prov­ing this once-lethar­gic Bear de­fense (15 PPG and 64 YPG im­prove­ment this sea­son), but it was an un­sat­is­fy­ing re­turn to Autzen Sta­dium last week­end against Ore­gon for Wil­cox, a former de­fen­sive back for the Ducks, as his rush­ing at­tack man­aged just 8 yards and his of­fen­sive line al­lowed 7 sacks. Still, the road team has cov­ered the last five games in this se­ries and Wash­ing­ton has been prone to spurts of of­fen­sive in­ep­ti­tude – just take a look at last Satur­day’s ugly first half when the Huskies led a weak Ore­gon State team just 7-0 at the in­ter­mis­sion (their sec­ond slow start in a row). In fact, Chris Petersen’s team is tied for last in red zone of­fense this sea­son; imag­ine what hap­pens once he ad­dresses this gl­itch. But since he hasn’t done so yet and be­cause the sled dogs ap­pear on this week’s 5-0 Fat Cat list as out­lined in the SMART BOX, we’re ready to fade them to­day.

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