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College Football Handicapping: Week 8
(3-4) Arizona Wildcats vs. UCLA Bruins (1-5)
Date: Saturday, October 20th 2018
Time: 10:30 pm EST
Venue: The Rose Bowl, Pasadena, California
NCAA Football Spread: UCLA -5.5
NCAA Betting Total: 54.5
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ESPN 2 bings us Saturday night football under the lights of the Rose Bowl, where the Arizona Wildcats come to town to face the home town Bruins.
Arizona took a big loss on the road at Utah last week, a game in which they lost their starting QB as well, while the Bruins finally got a game in the win column for their first of the year. Can the momentum of last weeks win propel this Bruins team to two in a row? I think the answer is yes.
As mentioned above, Wildcats starting QB Khalil Tate was removed from the blowout loss last week with an ankle injury. It appears he injured it all the way back in week two against Houston, but has played through the pain, and immobility, ever since then. Head coach Kevin Sumlin sees no point in furthering the injury, so he listed him as “out” for this weekend’s game.
Starting in place of the injured Tate will be former Wildcats head coach Rich Rodriguez’s son Rhett Rodriguez. This will be Rodriguez’s first start for the Wildcats, though he did see some action against Utah when Tate left the game, going 20 of 38 for 226 yards and one TD.
If Arizona wants to win this one, they will need to be very strong on defense while they are relying on the mostly untested Rodriguez. Coming into this one the Wildcats are giving up an average of 28.7 points a game. The Bruins aren’t exactly lighting it up on offense this year, so a low scoring game will give Arizona the edge.
Chip Kelly is finally a winning NCAA head coach again, and i’m sure that was a huge chip to lift off of his shoulders. Now, can he pull another rabbit out of his hat and do it again?
Ever since the Washington game a couple of weeks back, this Bruins team looks like it belongs on the field now. A month ago UCLA fans were calling for Kelly to make a change at QB, and the news must’ve resonated in Dorian Thompson-Robinson’s head, because he has looked like a totally different man leading this offense out there on the field.
UCLA will definitely need a repeat performance from their defense in this game, last weekend they gave up only seven points to Cal. Coming into this game the Bruins are averaging 31.5 points against, not a very pretty number, and add to the fact that the Wildcats are scoring an average of 27.4, and you see where I’m headed. But, a new QB that has hardly any real game experience could just spell a Bruins win here.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- UCLA leads all time head to head 24-16-2.
- Arizona is 1-6 ATS in last 7 games at UCLA.
- UCLA is 5-2 SU in last 7 home games vs. Arizona.
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I think UCLA will win this game, but bet on Arizona to cover the spread. Maybe take the OVER here too, as neither of these two teams are very good defensively, so it could be a shootout.
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I think UCLA will win this one by a field goal. It won’t be a pretty game, but both teams should be able to score around what the other teams average points against number is.
If Khalil Tate was healthy, I think it would make all the difference in the world. But who knows, maybe some fresh blood at QB could be all the Wildcats need. Still going with UCLA to win, but Arizona will cover.
Week 8 Free Score Prediction: UCLA 33 – Arizona 30
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