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California vs. Washington State 12/12/2020 College Football Picks, Prediction, and Preview

The California visits Washington State on 12/12/2020 at 10:30PM.

California and Washington State face off in an important game for both teams as every game in this shortened season with limited or no fans in attendance means more. California has a record of 1-3 this season. Washington State is 1-2 this season. Both have players to meet and know.

California Team Defense Preview

California has had 46 defensive drives in non-garbage time minutes and they yield 5.09 plays per drive. Relatively speaking, California is not a team that allows many plays per drive. This defense either gives up big plays quickly or induces a lot of three-and-outs, we shall find out more. Offensives should lick their lips given their inability to stop anyone, this is one of the worst defenses in the country. The Defensive Coordinator coaching search threads on California message boards are flights of fantasy. Passing plays make up 45.30% of their opponents’ play calls.Their opponents favor running the ball as opposed airing it out.

Defenses want to stop offenses from getting into a 3rd Down where the options are plentiful. Unfortunately, this defense is too porous to limit those choices. Opponent rushing yards attributed to their offensive line this season comes out to 3.16 yards per carry. This defense lets offensive lines have too much control over them on the ground, too much push from the opposing offensive line. This is also a team that is allowing running backs and quarterbacks to get to the second-level in an average fashion. Opponents have shown a relatively average level of explosiveness in the running game, maybe there will be a breakout rushing play against them.

This Defense has had average success disrupting the flow of the opposing offense.. This front seven is simply unable to make an impact, something must change or else the problems will repeat. California is better at stopping the run than the pass this season.

California Team Offense Preview

California has had 47 total drives this season and they generate 5.79 plays per drive. California runs a lot of plays per drive and this could wear an opposing defense down. Struggles to get ahead of the chains and convert on third and fourth down are common, the offense can stagnate. California passes the football 53.31% of the time.California tends to pass more than other teams.

California struggles with running the ball, getting zero or negative yard plays is disspiriting and the offensive line is not effectively making a good push. Poor playcalling, pre-snap adjustments or post-snap reads may be responsible and this could fall on the Quarterback, Offensive Coordinator, and Head Coach. How effective is the offensive line given what we know about their ability to prevent negative yards on rushing plays? More than you think, thanks to the Adjusted Line Yards metric. California can take credit for 2.73 yards per carry. Generally speaking, this is an average offensive line as far as their ability to set up the running game. When it comes to getting to that second level where linebackers have not crashed down on the line of scrimmage, they are getting stopped with ease. They feature a relatively average explosiveness in the running game, maybe there will be a breakout rushing play, but it is not something to count on from them.

Defenses have had average success disrupting the flow of the California Offense. Front sevens of opposing defenses are causing a lot of problems. California has shown themselves to be a better running team than passing team this season.

Washington State Team Defense Preview

Washington State has had 30 defensive drives in non-garbage time minutes and they yield 5.57 plays per drive. There is not much to take away here when it comes to how many plays per drive opponents run, but they are a team that falls in the average window when it comes to plays per drive. Offensives should lick their lips given their inability to stop anyone, this is one of the worst defenses in the country. The Defensive Coordinator coaching search threads on Washington State message boards are flights of fantasy. Passing plays make up 59.28% of their opponents’ play calls.They are a team that faces a lot of Air Raid Offenses.

Defenses want to stop offenses from getting into a 3rd Down where the options are plentiful. Unfortunately, this defense is too porous to limit those choices. How effective are opposing offensive lines given what we know about their ability to force negative yardage rushing plays? Washington State can take credit for holding the offensive line of their opponent to 3.39 yards per carry. Sorry to say this about this front seven, but the best way to make an average offensive line look good is for them to face this horrid front seven. Running backs should look forward to this porous defense filled with poor tacklers who take terrible angles. Long breakout runs against this Defense are far too common. This is a very porous rushing defense that is incapable of preventing a situation where their safeties chase down a running back or quarterback.

This Defense has had average success disrupting the flow of the opposing offense.. Getting more granual into the front seven and their ability to cause trouble, they are just average in this regard. Washington State has shown themselves to be better at stopping the pass than the run this season.

Washington State Team Offense Preview

Washington State has had 31 total drives this season and they generate 5.26 plays per drive. There is not much to take away here when it comes to how many plays per drive they run, but they are a team that falls in the average window when it comes to plays per drive. Washington State has shown a capability to be explosive on first and second down to avoid third downs and has converted well (relatively) on 3rd and 4th Down situations. Passing plays make up 60.12% of their play calls.This is an Air Raid Offense team, they are going to pass the ball a lot and running plays are only used to keep opponents honest.

Washington State struggles with running the ball, getting zero or negative yard plays is disspiriting and the offensive line is not effectively making a good push. Poor playcalling, pre-snap adjustments or post-snap reads may be responsible and this could fall on the Quarterback, Offensive Coordinator, and Head Coach. How effective is the offensive line given what we know about their ability to prevent negative yards on rushing plays? More than you think, thanks to the Adjusted Line Yards metric. Washington State can take credit for 2.81 yards per carry. Generally speaking, this is an average offensive line as far as their ability to set up the running game. This is a team that is rather above-average when it comes to gashing defenses. The threat of the run should force opposing to play more honest and assignment defensive football is a must. They have an explosive running game and they are capable of breaking big yardage runs on First and Second Down. This puts a lot of pressure on Linebackers and Safeties.

Washington State has bullied and controlled defenses this season, defenses have not been able to dictate what this offense is able to do to them. Opponents should consider a containment strategy. Washington State is among the best in the country at keeping defensive front sevens at bay. Opposing defenses need their secondary players to step up and cause trouble in order for this Offense to be disrupted. Washington State has shown themselves to be a better running team than passing team this season.

The California Roster

The Players to Watch for California

Chase Garbers QB 6-2 225

This season, Chase Garbers has put up 771 yards and 6 touchdowns. He has thrown 3 interceptions. He has a QB Rating of 120.3thus far this season. Chase Garbers has thrown 3 interceptions this season.As a rusher, Chase Garbers has 75.0 rushing yards, which puts him in the 70.06 percentile among Quarterbacks. He ran the ball as opposed to throwing the ball 39.0 times this season, which puts him in the 74.07 percentile. Has he hit paydirt as a runner? He has 2.0 rushing touchdowns this season.

Damien Moore RB 5-10 210

This season, Damien Moore has 194 rushing yards on 38 carries. Was he able to get to the end zone on the ground? He has 0 rushing touchdowns.As a receiver in the backfield, Damien Moore picked up 10 yards. He caught the ball as opposed to taking handoffs or catching laterals 1 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 0 receiving touchdowns this season.

Kekoa Crawford WR 6-1 180

This season, Kekoa Crawford picked up 225 yards. He caught the ball 18 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 2 receiving touchdowns this season.

Brett Johnson DL 6-5 290.0

The leading tackler among Defensive Ends for California, Brett Johnson has 19 tackles this season. He was able to keep rushers back and penetrate the offensive line with 2 tackles for loss, which puts him in the 64.24 percentile among Defensive Ends. When it came to rushing the Quarterback, he has been able to take them down 2 times this season, which put him in the 80.93 percentile among all Defensive Ends in College Football. He has forced 0 fumbles this season.

Elijah Hicks S 5-11 200.0

He is the leading tackler among non-exclusive Defensive Backs (meaning he can play either Safety Position, Nickel Back, Star or even play as a Cornerback in coverage) for California, Elijah Hicks had 28 tackles which puts him in the 76.4 percentile among returning non-exclusive Defensive Backs. He was able to keep rushers and receivers back on screens with 0 tackles for loss this season, which puts him in the 31.97 percentile among Secondary position players. When it came to blitzing the Quarterback, this season he was able to take them down 0 times this season. Elijah Hicks as a ball hawker was able to pick off 1 passes this season, which puts him in the 83.84 percentile among returning secondary position players this season.

Camryn Bynum CB 6-0 200

Considered the leading tackler among Cornerbacks for California, Camryn Bynum had 19 tackles which puts him in the 72.52 percentile among Corners. He was able to keep rushers and receivers back on screens with 2 tackles for loss this season, which puts him in the 91.5 percentile among Corners. When it came to blitzing the Quarterback, this season he was able to take them down 0 times this season. Camryn Bynum as a ball hawker was able to pick off 1 passes this season, which puts him in the 81.59 percentile among Corners this season.

The Washington State Roster

The Players to Watch for Washington State

Jayden De Laura QB 6-0 195

This season, Jayden De Laura has put up 682 yards and 4 touchdowns. He has thrown 3 interceptions. He has a QB Rating of 124.2thus far this season. Jayden De Laura has thrown 3 interceptions this season.As a rusher, Jayden De Laura has 37.0 rushing yards, which puts him in the 57.87 percentile among Quarterbacks. He ran the ball as opposed to throwing the ball 23.0 times this season, which puts him in the 59.57 percentile. Has he hit paydirt as a runner? He has 1.0 rushing touchdowns this season.

Deon McIntosh RB 6-0 190

This season, Deon McIntosh has 304 rushing yards on 44 carries. Was he able to get to the end zone on the ground? He has 2 rushing touchdowns.As a receiver in the backfield, Deon McIntosh picked up 30 yards. He caught the ball as opposed to taking handoffs or catching laterals 2 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 0 receiving touchdowns this season.

Renard Bell WR 5-8 161

This season, Renard Bell picked up 294 yards. He caught the ball 27 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 2 receiving touchdowns this season.

Brennan Jackson DL 6-4 249.0

The leading tackler among Defensive Ends for Washington State, Brennan Jackson has 16 tackles this season. He was able to keep rushers back and penetrate the offensive line with 4 tackles for loss, which puts him in the 82.04 percentile among Defensive Ends. When it came to rushing the Quarterback, he has been able to take them down 2 times this season, which put him in the 80.93 percentile among all Defensive Ends in College Football. He has forced 1 fumbles this season.

Daniel Isom DB 6-0 199.0

He is the leading tackler among non-exclusive Defensive Backs (meaning he can play either Safety Position, Nickel Back, Star or even play as a Cornerback in coverage) for Washington State, Daniel Isom had 23 tackles which puts him in the 68.37 percentile among returning non-exclusive Defensive Backs. He was able to keep rushers and receivers back on screens with 0 tackles for loss this season, which puts him in the 31.97 percentile among Secondary position players. When it came to blitzing the Quarterback, this season he was able to take them down 0 times this season. Daniel Isom as a ball hawker was able to pick off 0 passes this season, which puts him in the 37.97 percentile among returning secondary position players this season.

Ayden Hector CB 6-0 203

Considered the leading tackler among Cornerbacks for Washington State, Ayden Hector had 13 tackles which puts him in the 58.07 percentile among Corners. He was able to keep rushers and receivers back on screens with 0 tackles for loss this season, which puts him in the 34.7 percentile among Corners. When it came to blitzing the Quarterback, this season he was able to take them down 0 times this season. Ayden Hector as a ball hawker was able to pick off 1 passes this season, which puts him in the 81.59 percentile among Corners this season.

California vs. Washington State Prediction, Picks, and Odds


Prediction: California 35 Washington State 36

Spread Pick: Washington State +2.5 -107 5Dimes
Moneyline Pick: Washington State +118 5Dimes
Total Pick: Over 52.5 -108 Heritage