Washington St over CAL­I­FOR­NIA by 6

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

We’re not en­tirely con­fi­dent that the Bears can pull the out­right upset tonight as dou­ble-digit home dogs but we do know that Cal rookie head coach Justin Wil­cox knows where his ‘spread’ gets but­tered. How else can you ex­plain Wil­cox call­ing a time­out with one sec­ond re­main­ing, trail­ing 38-7 (as a 29-point dog) and going for a game-cov­er­ing field goal? And though the bum­bling Bears couldn’t con­vert, the Berke­ley boosters should prob­a­bly head back to the win­dow as the noose typ­i­cally be­gins to tighten on 6-0 SU or greater teams on the road at this stage of the sea­son. That doesn’t bode well for a Washington State group that is mak­ing a Top Ten ap­pear­ance for the first time since 2003 in a game that al­ready has let­down writ­ten all over it (with a Colorado re­venger wait­ing on deck). As it is, HC Mike Leach’s Cougs are also 1-5 ATS in week­day af­fairs, 1-5 ATS as con­fer­ence road fa­vorites of 6 or more points and 4-10 ATS in the sec­ond of back-to-back road games. Thus, we’ll grab the home dou­bles with a Bears’ de­fense that has im­proved 7 points and 80 yards per game un­der Wil­cox in a game that should be a sack-fest with both teams hav­ing sur­ren­dered the sec­ond most sacks in the land (23). We sug­gest you do the same. Saturday, Oc­to­ber 14

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