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Golden Nuggets: Cal-Utah Score Predictions + Thursday Football Open Thread

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The predictions are split between Cal and Utah. This has the makings of an ugly game for both sides.

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It's another toss-up game for the Bears.

  • As always, Uncle Ted cannot resist picking the Bears. Kevin Gemmell sides with the Utes.
  • Kevin Gemmell: Just when I start to put my faith in Cal, they rush for 3 yards. And Utah's defense is coming off probably its best game of the season against Oregon State. Recent history suggests Utah's second-half run starts now. Utah 17, Cal 10.

    Ted Miller: It's gut-check time for both teams. The loser might kiss bowl hopes goodbye. We like the Bears to step up for Jeff Tedford. Cal 24, Utah 17.

  • Faraudo picks a narrow Bears victory.
  • – Cal at Utah, 6:45 p.m. (Pac-12 Bay Area): Can the Bears (3-5, 2-3) run the ball again? Can they survive the road? Will the Bear quit, will the Bear die? With a bowl bid fading from realistic view, this is a real test of a team’s will to hang with its coach. Coach Jeff Tedford and his players have had each other’s backs so far, but the defense-minded Utes (2-5, 0-4) won’t be easy-pickings. Cal 21, Utah 17.

  • Jon Wilner picks the Utes to win.
  • CAL (pick) at UTAH: Much has changed since Cal’s decisive victory last season, including the location: Take Pullman out of the equation, and the Bears are 1-8 in league road games the past 2.5 years (the win:Tempe‘11). The weather – it should be 40-something degrees at kickoff – is less of a concern for Cal than the alignment of the Star. Pick: Utah.

  • ESPN's PickCenter gives two votes for Utah, one for Cal.
  • Predictor TeamRankings numberFire AccuScore
    Score Cal 20.5, Utah 21.7
    Cal 20.9, Utah 24.7 Cal 25.4, Utah 23.6

    Cal, 24-21 Cal, 28-17 Cal, 24-20 Utah, 17-13

    Stick around to talk about the Clemson-Wake Forest and Tampa Bay-Minnesota games...or not. What happened to Pac-12 Thursdays?

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