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Love for California in College Football Upset

College football odds might have California list as home underdogs, but the dogs could be barking on Saturday night.

The sportsbook has the California Golden Bears at +203 to beat NCAAF powerhouse Auburn (-245), but there is an air of confidence amidst the Californian sky.

Love for California in College Football Upset
Love for California in College Football Upset

There is always good value with NCAA football odds, and we think we’re onto a winner to cap off Week 2.

Auburn vs California Betting Lines

First Road Test for Tigers

It’s all well and good to win your home opener, but the Tigers now face a tough road test.

They won 59-14 against Massachusetts when covering college football lines, but their upcoming game against California couldn’t be more different.

We are not completely sold on quarterback Payton Thorne, who went 10 for 17 for one touchdown. This will be a tough environment, and he could falter under the pressure.

Naturally, given their strong college football history, Auburn is the favorite to win by 6.5 points, so there is good respect for the Golden Bears because the Tigers would typically be double-digit favorites.

If they don’t start well, bettors should expect their live betting odds to move to around -110. Trailing early in the game could see their nerves ramp up even more.

Perfect Time to Upset

This is an ideal situation for California and bettors alike. The Golden Bears did the job in Week 1 when beating North Texas 58-21, and they’re ready for a ranked team.

California doesn’t always get the biggest crowds in a stadium that fits some 63,000, but it should be sold out for this contest.

Las Vegas odds aren’t letting them get out of sight at +6.5, and the line could move on game day.

It’s all about identifying value, and if quarterback Ben Finley can produce a similar game to last week, the Golden Bears have every chance of winning and covering the spread.

He went 24-of-34 passing for 289 yards and one touchdown. It was a good performance on the road, and coach Justin Wilcox believes the impending move to the ACC didn’t affect their mentality.

It’s significant,” Wilcox told the media. “We pay attention to it, but the team, we don’t have a lot of control over any of that. What we can control is practice and performing. When the news broke about the ACC, it was good news, but we talked about it for about seven seconds.

Auburn vs California Head to Head

Auburn and California have never met. However, Auburn is 0-3 in the state of California, having lost to Santa Clara, USC, and most recently Florida State in the BCS Championship Game in 2013.

Auburn vs California Game Information

  • Game: Tigers (1-0) at Golden Bears (1-0)
  • Date/Time: Saturday, 10.30 p.m. ET
  • Location: California Memorial Stadium, Berkeley, Calif.
  • Tigers vs Golden Bears Live Stream: ESPN

Auburn vs California Game Weather Conditions

Clear skies are expected in California, so it should be perfect conditions for scoring.

Auburn vs California Game Picks and Prediction

Predicted Score: California 28, Auburn 27

  • Worth Betting the Moneyline?

There is good reason to bet on California at +205. It won’t get a better chance to beat Auburn, and we’re happy with the sports betting odds available.

If the Golden Bears are to cover the spread, they’re likely to win outright. It’s always a risky bet, but it’s worth it in this situation.

Pick: California Golden Bears (+203)

  • Worth Betting ATS?

We are lapping up the Golden Bears with the points. It would have been better to get +7.5, but because we think they’ll win outright, there’s no reason to complain about 6.5.

Pick: California Golden Bears +6½ (-110)

  • Worth Betting on the Totals?

Bookmakers have the line at 55 points, and we think it goes right on the number.

There is too much risk with this wager, so we’re opting to take the Golden Bears as the best value.

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