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Husky Football Blog

The latest news and analysis on the Montlake Dawgs.

November 29, 2009 at 1:00 PM

Cal opens as 6-point favorites at UW Saturday

The opening lines for next weekend’s games are out and the Cal Bears have been installed as six-point favorites on the Huskies. Kickoff is 3:30 p.m. at Husky Stadium.
After beating the final 25-point spread in Saturday’s Apple Cup, the Huskies are 6-5 against the line this season, one of their better seasons in a while as UW hasn’t been much better against the line than it has been straight up the last few years — UW was 1-11 last season.
In other Pac-10 games next week, USC is an eight-point favorite at home against Arizona and Oregon an eight-point favorite at home in the winner-take-all Civil War against Oregon State.
Ted Miller has a good breakdown on the Pac-10 bowl situation. Most interesting is that UCLA could be left out at 6-6, indicating that UW may have been, as well, and maybe the Huskies needed to win two more to get to the post-season.
As the other link MIller provides notes, it has nothing to do with abiliity to travel or anything like that, but simply the fact that there could be too many teams available with winning records that would be called on first to fill the at-large spots available before they’d need to turn to 6-6 teams.
And note that Idaho’s not guaranteed anything, either, especially after losing yesterday at home to Utah State. It’s possibe that when it’s over, “only” seven of the teams UW played this year will make it to bowl games. I say “only” since that is obviously still a lot, but not quite the 9-10 it appeared for a lot of the season as UCLA, Notre Dame, Idaho and Arizona State — all at one point possibly headed to bowls — could all stay home, instead (ASU will for sure).

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