2009 College Football Odds: The California Golden Bears are poised for a big year, coming off a 9-4 campaign and a 24-17 Emerald Bowl win over the Miami Hurricanes. Head Coach Jeff Tedford, who has guided the program to a 44-19 record over the last five years, returns 15 starters from the 2008 squad. A roster full of talent and experience has Cal fans dreaming big, like Pac-10 title, BCS Championship big. Bodog.com's California Golden Bears 2009 College Football Odds would seem to validate the excitement in Berkeley as the Golden Bears win total is set at nine with the over a -165 favorite.
The Cal offense continued to produce at a high level in Tedford's seventh year with the school, churning out 32.6 points and 376 yards per game. The unit had good balance, but relied primarily on the legs of sophomore running back Jahvid Best, who rushed for 1580 yards and 15 touchdowns while averaging 8.1 yards per carry.
Best will lead the offense this season as well, partnering again with quarterback Kevin Riley (1360 pass yards, 14 touchdowns, six interceptions last year) and a capable stable of receivers, including seniors Nyan Boateng and Verran Tucker.
The offensive line does lose two starters, but the two fill-ins both have starting experience.
The Golden Bears defense also performed well last season, limiting opponents to 19.9 points per game and paltry 3.2 yards per carry. The unit ranked third in the Pac-10 with 35 sacks.
While the offense should certainly be strong this year, the defense, with eight returning starters, may actually be the strength of the team. There are star players at every level as well as quality depth as 26 defensive lettermen return to Berkeley.
The defensive line will be anchored by defensive end Tyson Alualu, who had 62 tackles and six sacks last year. Michael Mohamed is the standout among the four starting linebackers; the 6'3" 237lbs. junior had 87 tackles, three sacks, and three interceptions in 2008. Headlining in the secondary is cornerback Syd'Quan Thompson, who had 70 tackles, two sacks, 14 passes defended, and four interceptions in a fantastic junior season.
The Bears open the year with a home tilt against Maryland on September 5th. Conference season opens for Tedford and company on September 26th at Oregon.
California Golden Bears Regular Season Win Total:
Over 9 (-165)
Under 9 (+135)
California Golden Bears Odds to Win the Pac-10 Championship:
California Golden Bears BCS Odds 2010:
2009 Heisman Trophy Odds:
Jahvid Best 19/2
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