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Vegas opens with Cal favored over ASU by 3.5 points

Herm Edwards will return to his alma mater as a slight underdog.

Arizona State v Michigan State Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images

It’ll be a short time until the California Golden Bears take the field next as we’ve got a Friday game against the Arizona State Sun Devils.

Cal is currently set at 3.5-point favorites over ASU according to Vegas Insider. Given that a home-field advantage is canonically considered 3 points, this means we’d be essentially coming to a stalemate at a neutral site or ASU would be favored by the same margin if we were playing in Tempe. The over/under is 40 points; overall, this means Vegas projects an approximate final score of 22–18 and a victory for the Golden Bears.

There isn’t much separation in our historic series—Cal has won 17 games and ASU has won 16 (with no ties). Our longest winning streak in the series is four games... their longest winning streak in the series is four games. The series started in 1976 with a 31–22 Cal win in Tempe, but our last meeting came in 2016 when ASU won 51–41 as the home team.

Arizona State started the season 3–0 and peaked with a #24 ranking, but just fell to the Colorado Buffaloes on Saturday. They are led by quarterback Jayden Daniels, who is a true freshman and reportedly targeted by the Cal staff when he was a recruit.

This will be the first meeting between Justin Wilcox and Herm Edwards as head coaches and Herm’s first time returning to the Berkeley campus as the ASU head coach.