WASHINGTON over California by 21
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.