The ninth-ranked Oregon Ducks look to seize control of the Pac 12 North Division race when they take on the California Golden Bears on Friday night. The Ducks (4-1, 1-1), who stumbled two weeks ago with a 31-24 loss at Stanford, is just one-half game behind first-place Oregon State. Oregon will need a strong finish to its season to get back into the College Football Playoff conversation. The Golden Bears (1-4, 0-2) are out to snap a two-game skid and set up a strong finish to gain bowl eligibility for the first time since 2019.
Kickoff from Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon, will be at 10:30 p.m. ET. The Ducks are favored by 13.5-points in the latest California vs. Oregon odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the over-under for total points scored is 53.5. Before making any Oregon vs. California picks, make sure you check out the college football predictions and betting advice from the proven SportsLine Projection Model.
The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every FBS college football game 10,000 times. Over the past five-plus years, the proprietary computer model has generated a stunning profit of almost $3,800 for $100 players on its top-rated college football picks against the spread. It also enters Week 7 of the 2021 season on a 19-7 run on all top-rated college football side picks. Anyone who has followed it has seen huge returns.
Now, the model has set its sights on California vs. Oregon and released its picks and predictions. You can visit SportsLine now to see the model's CFB picks. Here are the CFB odds and betting lines for Oregon vs. California:
- California vs. Oregon spread: Oregon -13.5
- California vs. Oregon over-under: 53.5 points
- California vs. Oregon money line: California +425, Oregon -600
- CAL: The Golden Bears are 11-1 against the spread in their last 12 games as a road underdog
- ORE: The Ducks are 19-7 ATS in their last 26 games following a bye
Why Oregon can cover
The Ducks have done a stellar job this season at taking away the football, while protecting it on offense. Oregon's defense is one of only four teams in the nation to force double-digit turnovers (13), while playing less than six games. The Ducks are also tied for fifth in the country with nine interceptions. On offense, they have turned the ball over just twice, tied for the fewest in the country.
Defensively, the Ducks are led by redshirt freshman linebacker Noah Sewell, who has been dominant. Sewell leads the team with 42 tackles, including 15 solo, with two sacks for 14 yards and one forced fumble. He made a career-high 14 tackles in a 41-19 win over Arizona on Sept. 25.
Why California can cover
Despite that, the Ducks are not a lock to cover the California vs. Oregon spread. That's because the Golden Bears have played the Ducks tough the past two seasons. Besides winning last year's game at home, the Bears gave Oregon all it could handle in the 2019 meeting before dropping a 17-7 decision at Eugene. So far this season, Cal's offense is averaging 408.6 yards per game, a high during coach Justin Wilcox's tenure.
Senior quarterback Chase Garbers leads Cal's offense. Through five games this season, Garbers is putting up some of his best numbers of his career. He has completed 107-of-170 passes (62.9 percent) for 1,245 yards and seven touchdowns. He has been intercepted five times, but has a rating of 132.2. Garbers leads the Pac-12 in per game total offense (281.2), while he is third in passing yards (249.0) and completions.
How to make California vs. Oregon picks
SportsLine's model is leaning under on the total, projecting the teams to combine for 48 points. It has also generated an against-the-spread pick that cashes in over 60 percent of simulations. You can only get the model's Oregon vs. Cal ATS pick at SportsLine.
So who wins California vs. Oregon? And which side of the spread cashes in over 60 percent of simulations? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of the California vs. Oregon spread to jump on, all from the advanced model that finished the past five-plus years up nearly $3,800 on its FBS college football picks, and find out.