Boise State beat Oregon on their own turf last year, and the Ducks would love to return the favor this year. Cal losing as a 14 point favorite to Maryland is fresh on their mind, too.
Oregon Ducks +3.0 over Boise State
These two teams are about as evenly matched as you can get. From their preseason rankings (14 and 16) to their strengths and weaknesses on the field (incredible offenses, questionable offensive and defensive lines), this really should be one heck of a showdown.
While Boise State has the daunting home field advantage on their side (62-2 since 1999 on their home turf), Oregon has revenge on theirs. Not only did Boise State come into Oregon and beat them last year, but they also took cheap shots on two of their best players; Jeremiah Masoli and Ed Dickson. Masoli actually had to leave the game with a concussion from the hit he took well after he released the ball.
While Boise State hasn't lost a regular season game on their blue turf since 2001, they haven't played a team they weren't a big favorite over in a long while, either. This will be their biggest test at home since they faced Boston College in the GMC Bowl in 2005; a game that they lost.
Both teams should be fired up and ready to go, as the entire tone of the season hangs in the balance on this one game. In what should be a thriller, look for the revenge-hungry Ducks to get the last laugh this time around.
Cal Bears -21.0 over Maryland Terrapins
Speaking of revenge, Cal should definitely have last year's game against Maryland fresh on their minds. Heading into Maryland as a 14 point favorite and a team with big aspirations for the 2008 season, the Bears got totally dominated by the Terrapins, setting in motion a series of bad road games for the duration of the year (Cal ended up 1-4 on the road).
Jahvid Best had one of his worst games on the ground all season, rushing for only 25 yards on 10 carries. It was one of only two games that he averaged less than four yards per carry in; the other being against USC.
Cal won't take Maryland lightly this time around, and they won't pump the breaks when they get rolling, either. Jahvid Best is already one of the most dangerous backs in the nation, but with a personal grudge hanging over his shoulders, he should be even more dangerous.
Maryland is rebuilding on both the offensive and defensive line, which should give Cal the upper hand in the trenches all game long. Consistant pressure from the linebackers and defensive line will be the key to stopping Maryland's rushing attack.
The Bears have done well at home against out of conference opponents over the last few years (4-1 ATS since 2006), and should continue that trend Saturday.