California vs. Texas 2011 Holiday Bowl Picks: The 2011 Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl returns to Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, Calif., this Wednesday with a Big 12/Pac 12 match-up between the 24th ranked Texas Longhorns and Cal Golden Bears. Cal will be looking for its first ever win versus the Longhorns, going 0-4 in four attempts. The game will be televised nationally on ESPN with a 8:05 pm kickoff.
Odds makers at most off shore sports shops including BetOnline.com, have lined the Longhorns as 3 1/2-chalk favorites in this one with a 47 1/2 total. Cal backers are getting +160 College Football Odds as money line underdogs while the price of betting Texas to win SU is -180 ($180 to win $100).
The Longhorns went 7-5 on the season, finishing sixth in the Big 12 with a 4-5 league mark. Cal finished fourth in the Pac-12 North Division, also with a 4-5 league mark while going 7-5 overall. Texas coach Mac Brown is in his 14th year at the school and has compiled a 140-37 record and won a BCS Championship during that time. Jeff Tedford is finishing his 10th year at Cal where he’s coached the Bears to a 79-47 record.
This will be Texas’ fifth appearance in the Holiday Bowl. The Longhorns’ last Holiday Bowl outing was in 2007 when they defeated Arizona State 52-34.
Cal owns a 5-2 postseason record in seven previous bowl appearances under coach Tedford. Junior RB Isi Sofele led the team’s rushing game (105.8 per game). Sofele has a total of 1,266 yards on the ground that is the sixth-highest single season in Cal history and gives the Bears their ninth 1,000-yard rusher in the last 10 campaigns. Sophomore WR Keenan Allen is second in the Pac-12 in receptions (7.42) and third in receiving yards (105.08) per game. He is also second on Cal’s all-time single-season lists in both receptions (89) and receiving yards (1,261).
Texas has produced the nation’s seventh-best (441 yards vs. Kansas) and ninth-best (439 vs. Texas Tech) rushing performances this season. As a matter of fact, the Longhorns are the nation’s only team that can claim to have rushed for at least 425 yards twice in 2011.
These two schools seemingly have evenly matched teams that should produce an exciting high scoring game. For the second day in a row, I’m calling for the game score to go OVER the 47 1/2 total. Our picks record to date is 5-4 after splitting Tuesday’s games 1-1. My Pick – OVER 47 1/2.
College Football Picks Bowl Record – 5 wins 4 losses 0 push.
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