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College Football Week 4 Odds, Picks & Prediction: Arizona vs. California (2022)

by September 23, 2022
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Let’s take a look at the College Football Week 4 odds, picks, and predictions for this week’s game: Arizona vs. California.

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College Football Week 4 Odds, Picks & Prediction: Arizona vs. California

Arizona Wildcats at Cal Golden Bears -3, Total 50.5 

Kickoff: Saturday, 5:30 ET

We conclude with some PAC-12 after… noon? This isn’t exactly the marquee matchup in the conference, but it’s interesting nonetheless. This line initially opened at Cal -5 before dropping to its current landing spot earlier in the week.

The Wildcats are morphing into a respectable PAC-12 foe in coach Jedd Fisch’s second year. Arizona sits at 2-1 with a loss to Mississippi State. And a 3-point win over an FCS power like North Dakota State is nothing to sneeze at, as North Dakota State has picked off its fair share of FBS opponents.

Quarterback Jayden de Laura, who transferred in from Washington State, now leads Arizona. With de Laura at the helm, Arizona has improved to 40th in passing offense and is averaging 28.7 points per game.

Defensively, the Wildcats are still a work in progress, as they’re giving up 29 points per game, but they rank 18th nationally against the pass.

Cal is Cal. And by that, I mean they play stingy defense under coach Justin Fuente but hardly have a pulse on offense. The Golden Bears are averaging 23.7 points per game thus far, with two wins against UC-Davis, UNLV (by six) and a loss to Notre Dame. Purdue transfer QB Jack Plummer has struggled to ignite a unit that brought back just three returning starters.

The way to beat Arizona is by running the ball, but Cal might struggle to exploit that weakness. The Golden Bears are averaging just 113 rushing yards per game.

This feels like an opportunity for Arizona to make a statement to open conference play. The Wildcats might just be the better team, and they’re getting points. Plus, Fuente is 3-11-1 as a home favorite during his Cal tenure.

The pick: Arizona +3 (-110)

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