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College Football Handicapping Analysis: Week 3
Fresno State Bulldogs (1-2) vs. UCLA Bruins (2-0)
Date: Saturday, September 18th, 2021
Time: 10:45 pm EST
Venue: Rose Bowl, Pasadena, CA
NCAA Football ATS Spread Odds: Bulldogs +250, Bruins -320
NCAA Football Moneyline Odds: Fresno State +10.5 | UCLA -10.5
NCAA Betting Total Odds: O/U 61.5
#16 UCLA hosts dangerous Fresno State Saturday at the Rose Bowl.
The Bruins feel their time is now following consecutive wins vs. Hawaii and LSU. Those impressive victories garnered UCLA its first national ranking since 2017, and Saturday will measure the value of that week 1 LSU upset.
While the Bruins are hot on everyone’s radar, Fresno State has supplied big offense, tested Oregon, and is 3-0 against the spread.
Fresno State Bulldogs
Off to a 2-1 start, the Bulldogs carry high spoiler potential into this week’s contest. Led by QB Jake Haener, Fresno has stamped its downed opponents 108-10, while dropping a 31-24 grinder against unbeaten Oregon.
Haener guides an FSU offense averaging 44 ppg. The senior QB adds 72.5 percent completion, four touchdowns and 629 yards. Haener tossed 17 of 22 for 380 yards and four scores during Fresno’s recent 63-10 romp of Cal Poly. Overall, Fresno State nets 226 passing and 78 rushing yards per game.
Defensively, the Bulldogs hold opponents to 13.7 ppg. Although these stats are built primarily against UConn and Cal Poly, Fresno did keep the Oregon Ducks in check just before OU stunned Ohio State.
If Haener finds his targets and the good tackling Bulldogs harrass Dorian Thomson-Robinson on a semi-regular basis, another odds upset could occur in Pasadena.
Making a betting scene splash, UCLA has parlayed its 2020 work into a 44-10 rout vs. Hawaii and 38-27 bid over LSU. Overall, the Bruins average 41 ppg and allow 18. UCLA passes for 204 and gains 233 rushing yards per game.
Quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson exposed the Tiger’s leaky secondary by completing 9 of 16 for 260 yards and three touchdowns. Junior RB Zach Chabronet continued his NFL march while gaining 117 yards and one TD.
Top Bruins defenders include LB Mitch Agude, DB Qwuantrezz Knight and DB Quentin Lake. UCLA linesmen have stuffed opposing runners, allowing just 37.5 rushing ypg.
Compared with the stellar rush defense, Bruins secondary hands allow more scoring chances and cede 286 ypg. Expect plenty of deep passes Saturday from Fresno.
Each season since 2018 has brought improvement for this veteran UCLA bunch. Given the Bruins pieces, taking the run away from Fresno shouldn’t be difficult. However, the key to a Bruins cover is stopping Jake Haener.
Look for a committed UCLA pass rush during their latest assignment.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Fresno State is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games on the road
- The total has gone UNDER in 17 of Fresno State’s last 24 games on the road
- California-Los Angeles is 6-2 ATS in its last 8 games
- California-Los Angeles is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
- California-Los Angeles is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games at home
- California-Los Angeles is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games at home
Free Week 3 NCAA Football Pick
This matchup is one of two capable teams with solid early 2021 showings.
The difference is UCLA has home field and recently dropped a ranked SEC foe. Those factors hardly diminish Fresno’s blowout wins and nailbiting clash with Oregon, but when pressed, it looks like the Bruins can affect Haener enough to earn the cover.
4* Free Week 3 NCAA Betting Pick: UCLA -10.5
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