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Oregon vs. California: The Ducks Are Primed for Letdown against the Golden Bears

BERKELEY, CA - OCTOBER 09:  Shane Vereen #34 of the California Golden Bears runs for a touchdown against Aaron Hester #21 of the UCLA Bruins in the first half at California Memorial Stadium on October 9, 2010 in Berkeley, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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James BrownSenior Analyst INovember 12, 2010

The California Golden Bears host the No. 1 Oregon Ducks this weekend in a game that should be an easy win for the Ducks. The latest college football odds as posted by online sportsbook, BetPhoenix have the Ducks listed as 19.5 point favorites.

The Ducks are arguably the best team in the country as they head into this Pac-10 battle. Oregon holds the top spot in all of the college football polls to include the BCS Standings. The Ducks have the most explosive and productive offense in the country.

Oregon boasts the nation's top offense, in terms of both points at 54.7 per game and yards at 567.2 per game, yet there is a very distinct possibility they could lose this game.

The Ducks do not play well at California where they are winless in the last three visits. They have a very big game looming on the schedule next week when they go against the No. 18th ranked Wildcats.

The game against Arizona is considered to be one of the few hurdles left on the Ducks schedule that could prevent them from having an undefeated season, but absolutely no one is giving the Golden Bears a chance to win this game.

Cal is possibly playing its best football of the season. They have yet to lose a game at Memorial stadium this season, boasting a 4-0 record on the hometown turf. Junior running back Shane Vereen, who is fourth in the Pac-10 in rushing at 98.4 yards per game is the catalyst of this offense and has 12 touchdowns on the season.

Playing the No. 1 team in the country is motivation enough, but the Golden Bears need a win to become bowl eligible for the eighth straight season.

On defense the Cal bears bring an impressive tandem to try and stop the Ducks offense. The Cal front seven is brutal and led by LB Mike Mohamed and DE Cameron Jordan. Cal has the Pac-10's top defense in terms of yards allowed with 299.6 per game. While the Bears have not faced an offense as talented as the Ducks, they have the personnel to keep this game close.

The home field advantage has been good to the Bears. The Golden Bears are 4-0 ATS in their last four home games and 19-6-1 ATS in their last 26 games as an underdog of 10.5 or greater. The Bears play well against top teams at home, as they are 6-2 ATS in their last eight home games against a team with a winning road record.

The Golden Bears plus the points is the way to go. The Bears will keep this game well within the 19.5 and don’t be surprised if they have a shot at the upset late in the game.

Matt Regaw is a B/R Featured Columnist and the founder of,your one-stop shop for sports articles, previews and predictions. Feel free to contact Matt at

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