Free Week 8 Prediction: Bears vs Bruins Odds
Week 8 College football betting sees the California Bears taking on the UCLA Bruins Thursday October 22nd at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California. Cappers Picks provides complimentary handicapping picks all NCAA football season long so stay tuned for more FREE college football predictions.
California Bears (5-1) vs. UCLA Bruins (4-2)
Date: Thursday October 22
Time: 9:00 PM
Venue: Rose Bowl – Pasadena, California
NCAA Football Spread: UCLA -3.5
NCAA Betting Total: 65.5
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Roles have reversed and now Cal looks like it is the team on the rise. The difference is at the quarterback position where experience does mean a lot.
This is a big one for Cal whose only loss of the season was to Utah last week. They have a chance for a big season but they need to steal one somewhere and this is a good spot.
Last week against Utah Jared Goff threw five picks, more than he had all season to that point. A little more even performance and perhaps the Bears are still undefeated.
The odds of his performing like that again are slim and UCLA does not force turnovers like Utah does giving the Bears a real chance to win on the road on Thursday night.
They can score with the Bruins.
As good as Goff and the offense are the key for the Bears this season, in terms of winning games, is a defense that has been much improved. Knowing first hand what it means if you frustrate the quarterback they will prepare for Bruins frosh Josh Rosen.
The Bears have not become Alabama over night but they are giving up just 24ppg and with their offensive abilities they are going to win a lot more games this season as a result.
We are seeing the evolution of them under coach Sonny Dykes.
Beginning with Utah the Bears are entering the difficult part of their schedule so we will see just how good they are.
With a couple of losses already and a couple of tough road games to close the season this is shaping up to be a season of disappointment in Westwood.
In the end the fact that frosh QB Rosen played like a frosh did them in but having so many injuries on defense didn’t help them either. You have to wonder if this program will ever really break through.
I know that is a pretty gloomy intro but the Bruins do have a bright spot in junior RB Paul Perkins. He is likely to exceed his TD total from all of last year this week and has become the heart of the offense.
Fortunately though their own run defense is terrible that is not something the Bears are likely to take advantage of.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Under is 4-0 in Golden Bears last 4 vs. a team with a winning record.
- Under is 5-0 in Golden Bears last 5 conference games.
- Golden Bears are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 road games.
- Over is 5-0-1 in Bruins last 6 games after accumulating more than 450 total yards in their previous game.
- Under is 4-0 in Bruins last 4 games after accumulating more than 280 yards passing in their previous game.
- Under is 7-1-1 in Bruins last 9 home games.
Free Week 8 NCAA Football Prediction
This is a gut check game for UCLA and a heat check game for Cal. It will be interesting to see what we learn.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: California ATS
I definitely trust Goff more than Rosen and everything else might be kind of even. Take the points with the Bears.
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