Cal v. Arizona College Football Betting Odds and Lines: Golden Bears Favored
California is a one-score favorite over Arizona to start conference play
The California Golden Bears (2-1) are small favorites against the Arizona Wildcats (2-1), according to Las Vegas bookies.
According to VegasInsider.com, which aggregates and reports college football betting odds and lines available from legal U.S. sportsbooks, the California Golden Bears are a one-score favorite against the Arizona Wildcats to open up league play.
Cal v. Arizona college football betting odds and lines: Who is favored to win?
The Cal v. Arizona college football betting odds opened at California -4 on Sunday, Sept. 18, at 11:12 a.m. Pacific at the Circa Sportsbook.
Other U.S. sportsbooks opened between California -4 and California -4.5 Sunday afternoon, per VegasInsider.com.
The latest college football betting odds as of Sunday evening are between California -4.5 and California -5, which implies the California Golden Bears will win by about five points against the Arizona Wildcats on Saturday, Sept. 24.
U.S. sportsbooks first accepted “over-or-under” bets between 47.5 and 48, although Circa opened its total score bets Sunday morning at 50.5.
Cal v. Arizona college football: What you should know
California begins Pac-12 Conference play with a home game against Arizona. The Golden Bears went 2-1 in its non-conference slate, including a close 17-24 away defeat in Notre Dame, Ind., against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.
Both California and Arizona are 2-1 against the spread in the 2022 college football season.
The Wildcats’ results include two “over” games and one “under,” while the Golden Bears have an even “over,” “under” and “push” result after three games.
The last time Arizona came to Berkeley, Calif., was on Oct. 21, 2017. The Wildcats were picked to win by 4.5 points but failed to cover, winning only by a single point in a double overtime 45-44 decision.
Last week, Arizona beat North Dakota State, the 17-time national champions of the Football Championship Subdivision, 31-28. The Wildcats put the game away with about five minutes left in regulation after struggling to contain the Bison’s run game.
Arizona’s compounding mistakes against an opponent’s rushing attack may be good news for California fans. Golden Bears have been excited for first-year running back Jaydn Ott, who has strung together 189 yards carrying the rock, one rushing touchdown and two receiving touchdowns on 53 receiving yards in three games.
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We all know we're absolutely cursed against Arizona. Is this the year things change? They've managed to field an average team this year.
4.5 sounds about right. I know usually the Arizona game is strange, but hopefully this weekend there will be a comfortable victory, if there is such a thing.