Colorado vs. Cal Prediction, Odds, Spread and Over/Under for College Football Week 8

Colorado and Cal are both Pac-12 teams in trouble. Which can come out on top this weekend in California with the Buffaloes +9..5 road dogs?
Colorado and Cal are both Pac-12 teams in trouble. Which can come out on top this weekend in California with the Buffaloes +9..5 road dogs? / Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

The Colorado Buffaloes visit the California Golden Bears in Week 8 at Memorial Stadium for a clash of Pac-12 rivals. 

The Buffaloes, 4th in the Pac-12 South, are coming off what was their best game of the season with a 34-0 dissection of Arizona in Week 7. The rest of their season has been rather iffy so with a 2-4 ATS record and four straight losses heading into last week. So, it didn’t really take much to make this their best game. 

The Golden Bears are also dealing with their fair share of struggles in 2021. California has a 1-5 record and has yet to win a game in the Pac-12. The Golden Bears did put up a good fight against (10) Oregon but eventually lost 24-17 as a 13.5-point underdog. 

After such ups and downs, which of these two struggling Pac-12 teams make the best bet this weekend? 

Here are the odds for these two Pac-12 foes, courtesy of WynnBET Sportsbook.

Colorado vs. Cal Prediction Prediction Spread and Over/Under


  • Colorado: +9.5 (-110)
  • California: -9.5 (-110)


  • Colorado: +290
  • California: -360


  • 42.5 (Over -110/Under -110)

Colorado vs. Cal Prediction Prediction Betting Trends

  • Colorado is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games. 
  • Colorado is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games.
  • The UNDER is 4-2 in Colorado’s last 6 games. 
  • California is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games. 
  • The UNDER is 9-3 in California’s last 11 games at home. 
  • California is 0-5 in its last 5 games as a favorite. 

Colorado vs. Cal Prediction Prediction Prediction and Pick

Despite their truly dominant performance against Arizona, there is no denying that Colorado is a team in trouble as it attempts to rebuild and avoid finishing last in the Pac-12. That win over Arizona and a win over Cal will almost ensure that doesn’t happen. 

The Buffaloes rank 126th in the nation in terms of points per game with 13.6 and 129th in yards per game with 236.0. When we take a look at their defensive rankings things do look a bit better, however. Colorado is currently the 40th best offense in regards to opponents’ points per game and 34th in opponent third-down conversions at 35.29 percent. 

For a team that is nearing double-digit favorites against Colorado, Cal’s ranks are not that much better. Their offense ranks 109th in ppg with 19.2 and their defense is at 64th for the same metric. 

For the Buffaloes to have a chance at winning this game, they have to hope that QB Brendon Lewis can build upon what was a relatively strong performance last week, At least for him. Lewis went 12 for 19 against Arizona for 248  yards and a pair of TDs. More importantly, he didn’t surrender an interception. Prior to that game, Lewis had averaged just 95 yards per game with two touchdowns and two picks on the season. WR Brenden Rice added his best game of the year with 111 yards on three catches and a touchdown. 

I think that, despite Colorado’s “explosion” of yards last week, both of these offenses are pretty rough and neither can be trusted. They can be trusted, however, to continue scoring less than 20-points per game and therefore make for a great under bet with a total of 42.5

Prediction: Colorado vs California UNDER 42.5 points (-110)

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