The Washington Huskies are, NCAA football betting-wise, so good, that the actual games are an afterthought to the game times. “I just want to say something to our fans: we apologize for these late games,” UW head coach Chris Petersen said on Monday. “We want to play at 1 p.m. It hurts us tremendously in terms of national exposure. No one wants to watch our game on the East Coast that late, and we all know it. We haven’t had a kickoff before 5 p.m. this season.”
- Date: October 7
- Time: 10:50 PM
- Venue: Husky Stadium, Seattle, WA
- Sportsbook online Vegas odds College Football Betting:
California +27½ (-110) 56½ (-110) +2750
Washington U -27½ (-110) 56½ (-110) -6000
The Huskies are so good they can win in your sleep
Washington is the current reigning and defending Pac-12 champion, undefeated in regular season play since November 25th, 2016, rank No. 5 in the AP poll and No. 6 in the Coaches’ poll, rank 10th in scoring offense and 4th in scoring defense, and boast such starts as QB Jake Browning (12 touchdowns and just three interceptions) and Myles Gaskin (7.09 yards per carry), but you’d never know any of that from watching their games because no one on the East Coast is awake long enough to find out. “I don’t think they even kind of care about my voice, or probably any of the coaches’ voices,” Petersen said. “I don’t think there is one coach out there, or probably school, in the West that wants to play our games at late night and all of that. Everyone wants to play in the daytime.” For those who do care, the Huskies managed once again, this time against Oregon State, whom they beat 42-7 on Saturday, to score more than enough points to cover the spread while simultaneously allowing so few points so as to keep the NCAA football betting total under.
— Washington Athletics (@UWAthletics) October 2, 2017
Life goes on long after the thrill of winning is gone
The California Golden Bears started the season 3-0 SU and 2-1 ATS but have since gone 0-2 SU and 1-1 ATS, a skid that coincides with the losses, for the rest of the season, of wide receiver Demetris Robertson and running back Tre Watson. California averaged 34 points per game and committed only two turnovers in the first two games of the season with Robertson and Watson, while averaging 168.5 rushing yards on 4.88 yards per carry and 281.5 passing yards, going for 8.53 yards per attempt and completing 66.7% of passes. In the three subsequent games, however, the Bears averaged 23.7 points per game and committed 11 TOs, while posting 130 rushing yards on 3.82 yards per carry and 264.7 passing yards, recording 5.55 yards per attempt and completing 48.3% of their passes. It’s hard to see Cal, without two of its chief offensive weapons, producing enough points to remain within the 27½-point spread. The Bears are, furthermore, 2-5 ATS in their last seven Pac-12 games and 1-5 against the NCAA football betting spread in their last six road games.