Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota threw a career-high six
touchdown passes at California two years ago and the Heisman
Trophy candidate will return to California’s Memorial Stadium
for the first time since that performance when the No. 7 Ducks
face the Golden Bears in a Pac-12 game Friday night. Mariota
will also attempt to remain error free in the interception
department as he has thrown 238 consecutive passes without
being picked off, a streak that dates back to last season. The
streak is the second longest in conference history behind the
353 Mariota made without an interception during his first two
California also has a gifted signal caller in Jared Goff, who
owns the second-best quarterback rating in the Pac-12 behind
Mariota and has thrown 24 touchdown passes against four
interceptions while eclipsing the 300-yard barrier in five
straight games. Bryce Treggs and Kenny Lawler continue to be
solid options for Goff at the wide receiver position, but
Stephen Anderson appears to be gaining favor as well, catching
at least four passes in each of the last four games. Mariota
will likely continue looking in the direction of wide receiver
Devon Allen, the NCAA defending champion in the 110 hurdles who
has six touchdown receptions.
TV: 10 p.m. ET, Fox Sports 1.
LINE: Oregon -17.5
LINE HISTORY: The line opened at Cal +17
before money came in forcing a slight jump to +17.5. The total
has seen a slight change as well, opening at 79.5 before
dropping to 79.
INJURY REPORT: Oregon – WR
Keanon Lowe (Ques-Hamstring) Cal – WR
Trevor Davis (Out-Head)
WEATHER FORECAST: Clear skies and mild
temperatures are expected for the game. At kickoff the
temperature will be 71°F but will quickly drop to 60°F by the
WHAT BOOKS SAY: “Cal had 56 yards on 31
rushes last week and 64 yards on 33 carries the week before.
Conversely, Oregon leads the Pac-12 with 217.3 rushing
yards per game. The game opened Ore -17 and currently stands
-17.5. Looks to be a very boring game and the public has
not gotten involved as of yet. Oregon will have a walk over in
this game and can prob name their own score.” – Scott Kaminsky from TheGreek.com
WHAT CAPPERS SAY: “Ducks have rounded
back into the playoff contenders they were expected to be with
the return of two injured starting offensive linemen, making QB
Marcus Mariota much more dangerous. Although they’ve been
outgained in each of their last five games, the Bears numbers
are up across the board this year as opposed to last. The
question is whether Oregon puts together the complete game they
are capable of, or if they get caught napping in a nasty
Stanford look ahead revenger up next.” – Covers Expert Marc Lawrence
ABOUT OREGON (6-1, 3-1 Pac-12): The Ducks and
Golden Bears have played the same two teams in their last two
games. Oregon beat a solid UCLA squad by 12 and followed up
with a 35-point victory last weekend against Washington, while
Cal lost to the Huskies by 24 and was edged by two points last
weekend against the Bruins. Oregon running back Royce Freeman
continues to dominate, rushing for at least 100 yards in the
last two games, owning 11 touchdowns and sitting within 76
rushing yards of breaking the freshman program for a season.
ABOUT CALIFORNIA (4-3, 2-3): The Golden Bears
will definitely need to improve on defense if they expect to
keep up with the Ducks. California enters the game giving up an
average of 38.4 points, which ranks 117th out of the 125 FBS
teams. One of the bright spots was safety Griffin Piatt, the
team’s leading tackler who also has a team-high three
interceptions, but he suffered a season-ending knee injury
*Ducks are 11-4 ATS in their last 15 games following a ATS
*Under is 7-3-1 in Golden Bears last 11 games following a S.U.
*Under is 6-1 in the last 7 meetings.
*Home team is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 meetings.
COVERS CONSENSUS: 55.3 percent of Covers
users are taking the Ducks -17.5 with 53.5 percent of the
community taking the over.