Washington State faces California in Berkeley, Calif. at 7:30 p.m. PT on Friday, Oct. 13, 2017. Find game time, TV channel and how to watch online information below.
The eighth-ranked Cougars (6-0, 3-0 Pac-12) are playing their second consecutive road game, having won 33-10 at Oregon last week. Quarterback Luke Falk threw for 282 yards and three touchdowns, moving into second place in Pac-12 history with 108 career TD passes.
WSU is looking to go 7-0 for the first time since 2001. It last won at Cal in 2013 but hasn’t won consecutive games over the Golden Bears since 2001-02.
Here’s everything you need to know about how to watch the Washington State-California game:
Washington State-California football time, TV channel, live stream:
Date: Friday, Oct. 13
Time: 7:30 p.m. PT
TV channel: ESPN
Live stream: ESPN3 or WatchESPN
Washington State-California football picks, odds
Washington State has been favored in six of its seven games this season, pegged as a 12.5-point favorite over California per OddsShark. The Cougars are 4-2 against the spread, having covered in four straight games including as an underdog against USC in Week 5.
Washington State-California preview
Eighth-ranked Washington State has its highest spot in the Associated Press poll since 2003 and is playing very much like a team determined to get recognized on a national scale. Being the only game on television on Friday night should help that cause, much like it did two weeks ago when the Cougars knocked off USC at home.
Coach Mike Leach has WSU clicking on all cylinders, its defense allowing only 18.5 points per game to rank third in the Pac-12. In league games the Cougars are yielding 20 points per game, second-best overall.
Opponents are managing just 4.47 yards per game against WSU, which has 21 sacks and 49 tackles for loss. Junior defensive lineman Hercules Mata’afa has led that charge, with 4.5 sacks and 10 TFLs.
The Cougars offense remains as efficient as ever, with senior quarterback Luke Falk completing 71.8 percent of his passes for 333.3 yards per game with 19 touchdowns and two interceptions. He has moved up to third in Pac-12 history in career passing yards (12,893), needing 708 to become the all-time leader, and he sits 17 th on the career FBS list.
Though it doesn’t run much, when WSU does so it gets results. Senior Jamal Morrow averages 7.78 yards per carry and on non-sack runs the Cougars gain 4.9 yards per rush.
California comes in on a three-game skid, all in Pac-12 play, after going 3-0 in nonconference action with victories over North Carolina and Ole Miss. The Golden Bears’ offense has hit a wall since getting into league competition, averaging 17 points and 3.65 yards per play. In their 38-7 loss at Washington last week they finished with only 93 yards of total offense, held to minus-40 rushing yards, with their only score coming on a defensive TD.
Sophomore quarterback Ross Bowers remains Cal’s starter despite throwing for only 80 yards in his last game. For the season he’s averaging 239.5 passing yards per game with nine TDs and eight interceptions, none in his past two games.
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