College football odds: Utah favored by touchdown in Pac-12 clash with Cal
The Utah Utes are 5–0 straight up and 4–1 against the spread in their last five games. Utah hosts the Cal Golden Bears on Saturday night in a matchup between the only two remaining undefeated teams in the Pac-12 conference.
The Utes are seven-point favorites at home, according to sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. They are 13–4 SU and 12–4–1 ATS in their last 17 games coming off a bye week.
For the college football fans and bettors that hadn’t notice Utah after a strong 9–4 SU and ATS campaign last year or a 3–0 SU and 2–1 ATS start to the 2015, the Utes made a pretty big statement in their last game. Utah absolutely crushed Oregon 62–20 as a 10-point underdog on the road, dominating the reigning Pac-12 champions on both sides of the ball.
Suddenly, Utah is the highest ranked team in the conference at No. 5 in the AP poll and has the look of a legitimate playoff contender. The Utes will try for another big win this week and could improve on their 5-1 ATS record in their last six home games in the month of October, per the OddsShark College Football Database.
For the first time since 2007, Cal is off to a 5–0 SU start, going 3–2 ATS over that stretch. In ’07, that 5–0 start preceded a 1–6 SU skid, a fate that this year's Bears hope to avoid as a tough conference slate picks up Saturday and continues with matchups at UCLA, vs. USC and at Oregon in the next three weeks.
Quarterback Jared Goff has led Cal’s offense to 43.4 points per game this season, but perhaps the biggest improvement for the Bears has come on defense. Cal has allowed 28 points or fewer four times this season, a feat it only accomplished twice in 2014.
The Bears have covered the spread in each of their last five road games against conference opponents.
The total for Saturday night's betting matchup is set at 61 points. The UNDER is 11–4 in Utah's last 15 games. This game offers a lot of intrigue as these two teams battle for early season Pac-12 supremacy and two of the conference's best quarterbacks this season in Goff and the Utes’ Travis Wilson get a chance to shine on the national stage.