Free Week 5 Prediction: Sun Devils vs Bruins Odds
Week 5 College football betting sees the Arizona State Sun Devils taking on the UCLA Bruins Saturday October 3rd at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. Cappers Picks provides complimentary handicapping picks all NCAA football season long so stay tuned for more FREE college football predictions.
Arizona State Sun Devils (2-2) vs. UCLA Bruins (4-0)
Date: Saturday, October 3rd
Time: 7:30 PM
Venue: Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California
NCAA Football Spread: UCLA -13.5
NCAA Betting Total: 60.0
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Arizona State has underperfomed preseason expectations big time. They have had two big games against Texas A&M and USC and have gotten embarrassed in both games.
Their matchup with UCLA is another big game and potentially another chance to be embarrassed.
UCLA had high preseason expectations and have played to that level and maybe even higher. Josh Rosen has been very good and the Bruins have rolled to a 4-0 start.
Arizona was expected to give UCLA a tough time last week at home and the Bruins came in and beat the Wildcats 56-30. The Sun Devils will hope to have different luck when they head to Pasadena.
Arizona State is 3-22 all-time on the road against Top 10 opponents with their last win coming in 2002.
A number like that is scary enough but the performances the Sun Devils have been putting up make it feel even worse.
The Arizona State passing defense surrendered 375 passing yards and 5 touchdowns last week to Cody Kessler and the USC Trojans. That doesn’t bode well for this week’s matchup with Rosen and the Bruin passing attack.
This matchup for Arizona State in the preseason when expectations were high wouldn’t have been great. Given the way the Sun Devils have played so far, it looks even worse.
This is the first true road game for the Sun Devils even though they played Texas A&M at a neutral site in their season opener. They lost their last two road games in 2014 after winning their first four.
Last season at home against UCLA, the Sun Devils lost 62-27.
For the Sun Devils to have success against the Bruins, they are going to have to jump to an early start. UCLA is a tough team to come back against and you don’t want to get into a shootout with them. The Bruins put up 42 in the first half last week.
Arizona State will need to make Rosen uncomfortable in the pocket early on to prevent him and the Bruin offense from getting going. If they move him out of the pocket, he can be prone to some turnovers. That is the only real chance the Sun Devils have at keeping themselves close in this one.
The expectations for Rosen when he took over for Brett Hundley at quarterback this year were very high. Obviously, the Bruins expected some struggles out of their freshman quarterback but they did have high hopes for him.
He is a natural pocket passer – a bit different from the dual threat that Hundley was last season. The 4-0 start is one thing for the Bruins fans and coaches to be happy about.
Rosen’s performance last week though is probably the most significant aspect of UCLA’s season so far.
He really struggled against BYU completing just 11 of 23 passes while throwing three interceptions. The Bruins won the football game by just one but there was some concern over Rosen’s performance.
How would he respond to his first struggle in college? With 284 yards and 2 touchdowns, that’s how. And a win on the road against a ranked conference opponent.
Rosen’s poise after dealing with adversity and his performance after a week to think about the mistakes he made against BYU prove that this kid is legit. Bruins fans have to love what the future holds for UCLA football with this kid playing quarterback. He’ll get another chance to shine against a Sun Devil defense that really struggled last week against Cody Kessler.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
• UCLA is 18-12 ATS after a win under Jim Mora.
• UCLA is 7-5 ATS in their last 12 games as a home favorite.
• Arizona State is 3-9 ATS in their last 12 games as an underdog.
• Arizona State is 2-5 ATS as an away underdog under Todd Graham
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The Bruins love what they have in Rosen and looking at how the rest of the Pac-12 is playing, the Bruins have a real shot at making the College Football Playoff this year.
This could be another step in that direction. The Sun Devils will put up points as the Bruins defense looks to find their identity after losing linebacker Myles Jack for the season. But, the offense will do enough to win this one handily.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: UCLA -13.5
Rosen will follow up his performance from last week with another solid one at home on Saturday. The Bruins will cover by at least two touchdowns.
Week 4 Free Score Prediction: UCLA 41- Arizona State 20
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