California's defense has been one of the biggest surprises in college football this season. For the year, the Golden Bears have allowed only 5.35 yards per play; a 1.3 ypp improvement over 2016. And they haven't been racking up numbers against soft competition with four games against teams currently ranked in the top 35 nationally in total offense. But now they'll without the team's leading tackler,
linebacker Devante Downs, who will miss the remainder of the season due to injury. The loss of Downs could be especially costly this week with the Golden Bears playing host to Arizona. The Wildcats rank fourth in the country in rushing (342.3 ypg); first among non-option teams. And you can bet Downs would have been tasked with trying to keep this dude
in check. Cal opened -1.5 but a flood of money now has Arizona -3 across the board.