Utah vs. Cal College Football Picks – 2009 Poinsettia Bowl: The No. 23 ranked Utah Utes (9-3) of the Mountain West Conference and California Golden Bears (8-4) of the Pac-10 will go head to head in the Poinsettia Bowl tonight at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego with kickoff time set for 8:00 p.m. ET.
College Football Picks oddsmakers at online super-sportsbook Bodog.com list Cal as a slight 3-chalk favorite versus the Utes with a 52 total. Utah backers are getting +130 underdog odds on the Bodog moneyline while the price of a SU wager on Cal is -150.
Both Utah and Cal will be looking to end the season on a positive note after each losing its final game of the regular season – Utah to BYU and Cal at Washington.
The strength of Cal has been its running game behind the running of All-American running back Jahvid Best. However, has not been cleared to play since suffering a concussion against Oregon State on Nov. 7. Shane Vereen has done a great job running the ball since Best's departure. Vereen has handled the ball 88 times for 443 yards and four touchdowns in the final three games of the regular season. Overall, Vereen has been credited with 10 rushing touchdowns and 830 yards on 163 carries this season.
The Utes are looking to freshman quarterback Jordan Wynn to make the start in this game. Wynn started four games late in the season for Utah and threw for 991 yards and five touchdowns.
The Utes strength is on the defensive side of the ball. The defensive unit is ranked second in the MWC and ninth in the nation in pass efficiency defense with a rating of 100.1, permitting a mere 172.8 yards per game through the air.
Utah finished the 2008 season as the only undefeated program in the Football Bowl Subdivision at 13-0 after stunning Alabama in the Sugar Bowl. The Utes only losses this year came at the hands of ranked teams, Oregon, TCU and BYU.
Both Utah and Cal are riding bowl steaks. Utah has won its last eight bowl games and will be looking for its ninth win versus the Bears. Cal will be making its ninth consecutive bowl appearance.The Bears are 5-1 in bowl games under head coach Jeff Tedford – including a current four-game win streak – and own a 10-8-1 all-time mark in postseason contests.
College Football Pick: We (Point-Spreads.com) like both teams defenses to keep the score under the posted 52 total.
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