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Cal vs Oregon Prediction & College Football Odds for Week 7
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Cal vs Oregon Prediction & College Football Odds for Week 7

by Nick TobinOctober 13, 2021
  • Oregon had a bye after their Week 5 loss at Stanford.
  • Cal is 0-2 on the year in the Pac-12.
  • Cal defeated Oregon 21-17 last season.

Oregon returns to Autzen Stadium for a big Friday night game. You can make the argument that Oregon had as good a week as anyone this past Saturday. Losses across the country to top 10 teams helped put Oregon back in the playoff picture.

It all starts for the Ducks on Friday night, but a strong close to the season should put them back in the driver’s seat for a playoff spot.

The future of Oregon largely depends on Anthony Brown’s progression as a passer and whether or not he can extend drives when he has to. Defensively, the Ducks are good enough to make the College Football Playoff, but Oregon has to improve on the offensive side of the ball to get where they want to go.

On the other side, the Cal Golden Bears have struggled to move the ball at times this season. Friday night should not be any easier for the Bears as Oregon should be motivated to get things right on their home field.

Betting Odds & Lines for This Game

  • Spread: Oregon -13.5
  • MoneyLine: Oregon (-590) Cal (+425)
  • Total: O/U 54

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Cal vs Oregon Prediction: Spread

  • Free Prediction: Cal +13.5

We might be late to the party, as this line has dropped below a key football number since it opened at 15.

Oregon has struggled this year against the spread. Their 1-4 record is nothing to hang your hat on in this spot.

Cal’s defense should keep them in the game, but the Bears will not pull off the upset. Cal stops the run and will keep Oregon behind the chains. Anthony Brown has struggled this season to throw in third-down situations.

I like, but don’t love Cal and the points as it feels as if the time to bet the Bears was a few days ago.

Cal vs Oregon Prediction: Total

  • Free Prediction: Under 54

It’s hard to trust either one of these offenses in this spot. Also, the defenses have shown reasons to put trust in them.

Oregon struggles to run the ball, and quarterback Anthony Brown has yet to become a reliable, efficient passer.

Defensively, Cal struggles at times against the pass, but their strong run defense should keep the Ducks behind the chains.

One factor that gives me some reserves is the fact that both teams are coming off of bye weeks, giving their offenses time to add a few wrinkles.

I still like this to stay under the total.

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Nick Tobin