California Golden Bears vs Arizona Wildcats Prediction, Picks and Game Preview - 11/06/2021

by Amedeus Mastrangelo

Game Time: 3:00 pm ET, Saturday, November 6, 2021
Venue:  Arizona Stadium, Tucson, AZ
Where to Watch:  Pac-12 Network

 

Opening Odds at USA Sportsbooks

DraftKings:  Point Spread:  California -12, Arizona +12; Over/Under:  50.5 points
Bet365:  Point Spread:  California -12.5, Arizona +12.5; Over/Under:  51 points
BetMGM:  Point Spread:  California -11.5, Arizona +11.5; Over/Under:  50.5 points
 

Season Record

California Golden Bears:  3-5 (5th place, Pac-12 North)
Arizona Wildcats:  0-8 (6th place, Pac-12 South)
 
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California Golden Bears vs Arizona Wildcats Preview and Analysis

 
Recent Form
California Golden Bears:  won at home on Oct. 30 against the Oregon State Beavers 39-25.
Arizona Wildcats:  lost on the road on Oct. 30 against the USC Trojans 41-34.
 
 
 

California Golden Bears Analysis

Cal is coming into this game with a 3-5 record overall and they are 0-3 in their road games this season where they will be in this game. This will be their 6th conference matchup of the year and they are pretty much out of the title conversation with a 2-3 record in their conference games this season. They are coming into this game on a 2 game winning streak after winning their last game against Oregon State. They won that game 39-25 in a game that they pretty much led the entire time from start to finish and never gave that lead up. Chase Garbers played a good game in that one as he completed 17/26 passes for 262 yards and 3 touchdowns. Damien Moore had a nice day on the ground as he led the team in rushing with 111 yards and 1 touchdown on 11 carries while Christopher Brown Jr. also had 83 yards on 20 carries. Garbers ran in the other TD on the ground in that one. Trevon Clark led the receivers with 90 yards and 1 touchdown on 5 receptions. Brown Jr. also caught the other 2 touchdown passes in that one. Elijah Hicks led the defense in that game with 7 solo tackles and 1 assisted one. Trey Paster had the only sack in that game for them while Hicks and Nate Rutchena both came away with 1 interception each for them in that one. They have scored 203 points in their 8 games this season averaging 25.4 PPG and they have allowed their opponents to score 190 points against them allowing 23.8 PPG. Their offense is averaging 424.5 YPG while their defense is allowing 370.4 YPG.
 
 

Arizona Wildcats Analysis

Arizona is coming into this game with a 0-8 record overall and they are 0-4 in their home games this season where they will be in this game. This will be the 6th conference matchup on their schedule this year and they are out of the running with a 0-5 record in their conference games this season. They are coming into this game on an 8 game losing streak this year after another loss in their last game and they are still looking for their first win of the season. They lost their last game to USC 41-34 in a game that they fell behind in the first half and tried to make a second quarter comeback but could not keep up with their opponent. Will Plummer did not have a bad game as he completed 20/34 passes for 264 yards while Jamarye Joiner got some snaps at the quarterback position and completed 2/5 passes for 75 yards and 1 touchdown. Jalen John led the team in rushing with 35 yards on 9 carries while Plummer and Michael Wiley each ran in 1 TD on the ground. They did not really have anything going for them on the ground in that one. Tayvian Cunningham had a nice day as he led the receivers with 116 yards and 1 touchdown on 3 receptions while Dorian Singer had 65 yards on 3 receptions. Christian Young led the defense in that game with 6 solo tackles and 9 assisted ones while Jaydin Young was right behind him with 6 solo tackles and 5 assisted ones. Jalen Harris and Paris Shand both had the only sacks in that game for them with 1 each while Anthony Pandy came away with the only interception. They have scored 134 points in their 8 games this season averaging 16.8 PPG and they have allowed their opponents to score 254 points against them allowing 31.8 PPG. Their offense is averaging 355.3 YPG while their defense is allowing 385.5 YPG. 
 

 

California vs Arizona Prediction

Arizona is coming into this game as a 12.5 point underdog with the current betting odds according to Draftkings Sportsbook. This is a team that still has not won a game this year with the season almost over now and they are going to be desperate to get a win before all is said and done. They have not played that bad in their last 2 games keeping them both close and within 7 points in both. They are at home here and Cal is not the best team either with only 3 wins on the season. This is their best chance at home against a bad team to try to get their first win of the season and they will play hard in this game because of it. The best bet to place in this game is on Arizona to cover the spread here as they will keep the game close at least, if not win it, with their desperation.
 
California Arizona Prediction:  Our NCAAF Pick for Saturday, November 6, 2021 (3:00 pm ET start time) is California 27 Arizona 24.
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NCAAF Betting Trends

 
California Golden Bears: 127-139 O/U in all games. 60-66 O/U as a favorite. 17-24 O/U as a road favorite. 53-69 O/U in road games. 84-111 O/U against conference opponents.
Arizona Wildcats: 147-190 ATS in all games. 28-35 ATS when the total is between 49.5 and 56. 87-93 ATS as an underdog. 32-35 ATS as a home underdog. 72-99 ATS in home games. 100-126 ATS against conference opponents.
 

Key Injuries

 
California Golden Bears:  D. Brooks (RB) Ques Sat - Lower Body injury. K. Deng (LB) Out indefinitely - Leg injury. S. McKenzie (NT) out for season - Leg injury. B. Johnson (DL) Out indefinitely - Hip injury.
Arizona Wildcats:  J. Joiner (WR) Doub Sat - Knee injury. J. Donovan (OL) Ques Sat - Leg injury. T. Hayward (LB) Ques Sat - Undisclosed injury.
 

Notable Quotes

 
"We're certainly improving. There are guys who are developing and making some big plays in the game who are coming into their own a little bit. We are improving but the margins are so thin at this level of football and in our conference that there are going to be a handful of critical plays in the game that you have to find a way to make and I thought there were some big ones today." - Justin Wilcox after their win against Oregon State.
 
 
"This was another great example of being there, but not over the hump. It's too bad we didn't put the first half of (last week's loss to) Washington and the second half of USC together. We need to continue to battle, and I think we're taking steps." - Jedd Fisch on his team’s loss to USC in their last game.
 
 

Starting Lineups

 
California Golden Bears
WR Clark, Trevon 
WR Crawford, Kekoa 
WR Remigio, Nikko 
TE Tonges, Jake 
QB Garbers, Chase 
RB Moore, Damien 
 
Arizona Wildcats
WR Cunningham, Tayvian 
WR Casteel, BJ 
WR Berryhill III, Stanley 
TE Lines, Alex 
QB Plummer, Will 
RB Wiley, Michael 
FB Markoff, Clay 
 

Statistical Leaders

 
California Golden Bears
Passing: C. Garbers (1979)
Rushing: D. Moore (502)
Receiving: T. Clark (469)
Touchdowns: D. Moore (6)
 
Arizona Wildcats
Passing: W. Plummer (706)
Rushing: D. Anderson (246)
Receiving: S. Berryhill III (500)
Touchdowns: B. Curry (2)
 
Coaches:
California Golden Bears: Justin Wilcox (5th season)
Arizona Wildcats: Jedd Fisch (1st season)


Amedeus Mastrangelo

About the Author:

Amedeus Mastrangelo has been heavily wagering on all sports for years and plays just about everything, including sides, totals, favorites, underdogs, against the spread, alternative spreads, first half, second half, player props, and futures. The bottom line is, if Mastrangelo can see an edge in any way shape or form, then he's going to take advantage.

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