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UCLA vs. Oregon Gambling & Week 8 Prediction

UCLA Bruins vs Oregon Ducks Free Week 8 College Football Pick + Betting Preview

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UCLA vs. Oregon Week 8 College Football Pick

The 2010 College Football heads into Week 8 Veteran sportswriter Matt Martz will preview all of the weekly PAC-10 match ups throughout the season, providing some insight to help make your college football wagers winners. Check back every week for your complete source for NCAA football gambling right here on CappersPicks.com.

Date/Time: Thursday, October 21, 3:30 PM EST
Venue: Autzen Stadium in Eugene, OR.
Broadcast: ESPN
UCLA Bruins vs. Oregon Ducks College Betting Lines from betED
Money Line: Not available yet
Spread: Oregon -24
Over/Under: 61
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Oregon is the nation’s top-ranked team for the first time in program history, and is ranked No. 1 in both the AP poll and the coaches’ poll. The coaches’ poll counts in the BCS standings and as of Monday, October 18, the Ducks is ranked No. 2, sandwiched between No. 1 Oklahoma and No. 3 Boise State.

Now the Ducks will play host to a UCLA team that owns a 39-24 edge in the series but has been wildly inconsistent in 2010, being shutout 35-0 by Stanford, and then beating then-No. 7 Texas in a 34-12 shocker in Austin

What followed was an embarrassing 35-7 loss to Cal, where the Bruins gained only 114 yards while falling to 1-2 in the Pac-10. The Bruins completed only 15 of 37 passes, and their ground game, which had been its strength, netted an anemic 26 yards.

Yards have come rather easily for the Ducks that have won six straight and lead the PAC-10 with a perfect 3-0 record. They also lead the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision in yards (567 per game) and scoring (54.3 points).

The Ducks’ are coming off a rather pedestrian 43-23 win over Washington State in Week 7—considering how bad the Cougars are — but they still gained 556 yards, even after quarterback Darron Thomas had to leave the field in the second quarter with a right shoulder injury. It was reported afterward that he was held out for precautionary reasons and will resume his starting role for Thursday’s game.

Unlike Thomas, the status of Kenjon Barner remained unclear. A backup running back and key return man for the Ducks, Barner suffered a nasty concussion against Washington State.

While Oregon looks to be nearly full strength, UCLA will be without Morrell Presley and Josh Smith who have both been suspended for violating team rules. Presley starts at what’s known end position known as “F” back, while Smith is a wide receiver and UCLA’s leading kickoff returner.

That definitely won’t help a banged-up Kevin Prince who is already struggling to find eligible receivers after completing only 44.7 percent of his passes for 384 yards and three TDs, with five interceptions. Back up QB Richard Brehaut hasn’t fared much better connecting on just 50 percent of his passes for 189 yards, with no TDs and one pick. The passing attack is horrible and ranks 118th of 120 teams in the FBS, and to make things worse, the Bruins have given up 17 sacks.

Once again, UCLA will lean on its running game that is averaging 223 yards per game. Backs Johnathan Franklin and Derrick Coleman have combined for 9 TDs and over 1,000 yards, and if the Bruins’ pistol attack doesn’t misfire, they both could have a big day.

If you remember, both Stanford and Arizona State managed more than 500 yards versus Oregon.

No matter how you look at this game, it’s all going to come down to how well the UCLA defense can contain the Ducks’ shock and awe spread-option attack, that is rolling up 315 rushing yards per game behind RB LaMichael James, who has already rushed for 848 yards and nine touchdowns.

The passing game’s potent as well as Thomas has produced 1,231 yards and 14 TDs, with five interceptions.

The Bruins defense led by linebacker Akeem Ayers who has posted 36 tackles, has been very impressive at times, and has 12 forced turnovers and 18 sacks. Turnovers can be a problem for the Ducks, who have coughed up the rock 13 times.

ULCA owns the all-time record with Oregon, but has dropped the last two contests played, including a 24-10 decision a season ago at the Rose Bowl. UCLA’s last win in the series was a 16-0 victory over the No. 9 Ducks at the Rose Bowl in 2007. The Bruins’ last win at Autzen Stadium came in a 34-26 victory back in 200, and probably won’t again if they cannot mount a sustained offensive attack while stacking the box in an effort to contain James.

Free Pick: Oregon

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Matt Martz is a sports writer for the Bakersfield Californian located in Central California. Blessed is the gambler who expects nothing, for ye shall not be disappointed.

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