Golden Nuggets: Cal-UCLA Score Predictions + Utah-USC Open Thread

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UCLA is a narrow favorite over Cal. Apparently not everyone (yet) thinks Cal football is a raging dumpster fire.

The sun has not yet set on Cal football. Apparently there is still some sunshine yet to be pumped. I'm not talking about a full slate of win predictions--don't be silly. However, most of this week's predictions anticipate a much closer game than some of us expect.

The Bears (1-4, 0-2) need this game to begin rescuing their season, but it seems like a bad matchup for them. This is Cal’s fourth opponent in six games that utilizes some form of the spread offense, and the Bears haven’t stopped the first three. UCLA (4-1, 1-1) will sent TB Johnathan Franklin and QB Brett Hundley against a Cal defense ranked last in the Pac-12 against the rush. UCLA 31, Cal 24.

Kevin Gemmell: The young Bruins showed a great deal of maturity in their efficient dismantling of Colorado. Memorial Stadium isn't having the 12th man effect that many were hoping. The Bruins are the hotter, more confident team. UCLA 35, Cal 24.

Ted Miller: There is every reason to believe UCLA will win this game, based on the play of both teams so far. Call this one a hunch. California 31, UCLA 28.

UCLA (minus-1) at CAL: I keep thinking the Bears have a breakout game in them that will change the trajectory of their season. But it sure doesn’t seem like they’re equipped to match the Bruins touchdown for touchdown. Pick: UCLA. (Which means this will, in fact, be that breakout game.)

Last year at home UCLA was playing without 4 suspended WR’s as well as a suspended DT and OG. They still led 17-7 at the half and won it on homecoming, 31-14. The last time here Cal led 28-0 at the half (246-58 yards) and won 35-7. UCLA has lost their last six trips to Cal by an avg of 16 ppg. This year these teams look to be heading in opposite directions as UCLA under new HC Mora is 4-1 after last week’s 42-14 win over Colorado (29-14 FD edge) while Cal is now 1-4 after last week’s 27-17 loss to ASU and HC Tedford’s seat continues to warm. It is their worst start in his 11 years while the Bruins are off to their best start s/’07. UCLA will continue Cal’s woes.
PHIL’S FORECAST: UCLA 27 CALIFORNIA 24
Predictor TeamRankings numberFire AccuScore
Score Cal 26.0, UCLA 29.2 Cal 26.1, UCLA 23.5 Cal 26.3, UCLA 32.7
UCLA, 31-24 UCLA, 27-21 UCLA 34-24 UCLA, 28-10

Color me surprised. Unless our offensive line and defense make big turnarounds, this one is looking like a disaster.


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