If we are being honest, we all pay attention to the college football rankings from the very first week of the season, but we also know that in today’s world, those rankings mean nothing until the Playoff Committee casts their vote. The first rankings from the committee will be released today, Tuesday November 1, and it’s going to be interesting to see how their selections compare with the current national rankings. If truth be told, they shouldn’t see any need to tamper with the top 4 as it is right now, as all 3 teams in there are deserving of their current status. That would mean that the Washington Huskies will remain at number 4, a position they will try to maintain, or perhaps even improve upon, when they head to California this weekend to face the Golden Bears. While this is a game you would like the Huskies to win, especially as a 16.5-point betting odds favorite, they will be aware that this was a meeting they lost last season.
Here’s A Closer Look At The Huskies At Golden Bears College Football Expert Picks
When: Saturday, November 5 at 10:30 PM EST
Where: Memorial Stadium, Berkeley
Live Stream: Watch ESPN
NCAAF Odds: TBA
Why bet on the Washington Huskies
There are very few teams who have made it all the way to a National Championship without a slip-up or scare along the way. The Huskies will be hoping that they got their out of the way last weekend when they had to scrap hard to come away with a 31-24 win over the Utah Utes. It was the first time that the Huskies had been given any sort of real test this season, and they passed with flying colors. In the long run, that type of victory is going to help them, as they are going to have to dig down deep in the latter stages of this season if they want to hold on to that playoff spot. Washington Huskies won comfortably on their last visit to California, but they lost to this Golden Bears team last season. Is this a banana peel in the making?
Why bet on the California Golden Bears
The 3-4 California Bears are a bit of a Jekyll and Hyde team this season, and they only seem to show their good side when they are playing at home. They have won all 3 of their home games this season, and have gone down to defeat in their 4 games on the road. Those 3 wins have come against Texas, Utah, and Oregon, so they can beat teams that are, perhaps except for the Ducks, not truly awful. This is going to be their toughest test of the season so far, and they will be looking for a repeat of their 30-24 win against the Huskies last season, a game that they entered as the underdog.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
The Huskies may be unbeaten this season, but they are not a great bet ATS, going just 3-4 this year. I like them to get the win here, but that 16.5-points seems a little too high to me.