Cal vs Texas Tech Prediction - College Football Picks 12/16/23

Texas Tech Red Raiders (6-6) vs California Golden Bears (6-6)

Game Info: Saturday, December 16, 2023 at 9:15 pm (Independence Stadium)

Betting Odds: Texas Tech Red Raiders -3 -- Over/Under: 56.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Cal Golden Bears and Texas Tech Red Raiders face off on Saturday in a college football showdown in the Independence Bowl at Independence Stadium. Let’s look at the betting matchup and give a free Cal vs Texas Tech prediction.

Texas Tech Really Struggled in The Last Game

Texas Tech faced off against Texas to end the regular season and it was an awful game. Texas Tech offense scored seven points while the defense gave up 57 points and that led to the 50 point defeat. Quarterback Behern Morton completed 19 of his 36 passes for 88 yards, zero touchdowns, and three interceptions. Running back Tajh Brooks finished with 19 carries for 95 yards. Texas Tech on the season is averaging 26.8 points while their defense is giving up 27 points per game. Tahj Brooks on the season has rushed for 1,443 yards and nine touchdowns. 

Texas Tech Betting Trends

  • Texas Tech has won each of its last three games in December.
  • Texas Tech has covered the spread in each of its last three games against non-conference opponents at neutral venues.
  • Texas Tech has lost the first half in three of its last four games against opponents from the Pac-12 Conference.
  • Each of Texas Tech's last four games at neutral venues have gone UNDER the total points line.

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Cal Looks to Cap off Impressive Season

Cal won three straight games to end the regular season and they have a ton of confidence heading into this game. In the last game against UCLA, the defense gave up only seven points and they ended up winning 25 points. Quarterback Fernando Mendoza completed 19 of his 30 passes for 178 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions. Jeremiah Hunter also caught eight passes for 101 yards and two touchdowns. Cal on the season is averaging 31.58 points while their defense is giving up 32.7 points per game. 

Cal Betting Trends

  • California has won seven of its last eight games against non-AP-ranked teams.
  • California has failed to cover the spread in five of its last six matches when playing with a rest disadvantage.
  • California has won the first half in each of its last four games against non-conference opponents at neutral venues.
  • Five of California's last six games as an underdog have gone OVER the total points line.

Texas Tech vs Cal Betting Prediction

California is going to find success here. In the last game the Cal defense really stepped up and they are going to step up again in a big way here. Fernando Mendoza also seems like the real deal and he’s going to find plenty of success through the air against the Cal defense here. This will end up being a pretty comfortable victory by Cal. Back the Golden Bears to win this game and cover the spread. 

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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