Golden Nuggets: Cal-Nevada Predictions

It's Thursday and that means everyone and their uncles have college football predictions.  First, Uncle Ted's prediction:

California 38, Nevada 30: Warning, warning, warning, Cal Bears! Nevada is not a push-over, particularly not at home. The Wolf Pack has averaged 592 yards and 50 points in its first two games. Cal fans, if you want my advice, you should feel nervous about this one. 

Bruce Feldman predicts a 44-35 Cal win, adding that he's been very impressed by Cal this season.

Andrea Adelson, ESPN's non-AQ blogger predicts a Cal victory:

California 28, Nevada 17. The Wolf Pack haven’t had much success against AQ opponents, losing 8 straight games. Though the defense has looked much better, and defensive coordinator Andy Buh spent the last three seasons as a Stanford assistant, California simply has too much talent on offense. The Bears will find a way to slow down Colin Kaepernick enough to win. 

John Tamahana predicts a 38-27 Cal victory, citing Cal's defense as the key to victory.

If these positive predictions are causing too much hand-wringing, take solace in the fact that four out of five CBS writers predict a Nevada victory.

Attendance Prediction: Last week the models predicted 57,283, 63,342, and 63,757 while the actual attendance turned out to be 55,440, low enough to place in the top-5 lowest turnouts since 2003.  Since I'm only predicting home game attendances, we'll have to hold off on predictions until October 9th, when the Bruins visit Cal.

After the jump Tyson Alualu gives back to his hometown, Gary Peterson has an entertaining comparison of ranked Cal versus unranked Cal, Pendergast and Nevada coach Chris Ault talk about Friday's game, and Scout previews the matchup.

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