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Fueled by big first-half run, Cal holds off Washington State 73-66

Through much of Thursday night’s game against the Cougars, the Golden Bears, who’d opened the year with a 6-8 record and a 16-point loss to Stanford, looked to be the more polished team. The hosts were certainly more consistent when it mattered, closing out WSU 73-66 in front of 3,953 fans in Berkeley.

Yet again, Washington State’s defense doomed by explosive plays

Mike Leach has grown fatigued talking about the explosive plays Washington State’s defense has allowed this season. The sheer volume would be enough to keep any head coach, defensive coordinator or position coach awake at night, let alone the manner in which they’re happening.

The pick: Why Washington State will beat Cal

With just one exception – a rainy game in Utah when WSU’s offense was without Brandon Arconado – the Cougars have scored at least 30 points in every game this season. Even if they don’t get there against Evan Weaver-led Cal, a mere 21 or 24 points could be plenty.