Free NCAA Football Prediction: Bruins vs. Wildcats Odds
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College Football Handicapping Analysis: Week 5
(3-2) UCLA Bruins vs. Arizona Wildcats (0-4)
Date: Saturday, October 9th 2021
Time: 10:30 pm EST
Venue: Allegiant Stadium, Tucson, Arizona
NCAA Football ATS Spread Odds: Bruins -16.5 | Wildcats +16.5 (Bet Now!)
NCAA Football Moneyline Odds: Bruins -750 | Wildcats +525
NCAA Betting Total Odds: O/U 61 (-110)
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The Arizona Wildcats host the UCLA Bruins in week 5 action. Both teams lost last week, though UCLA is a much stronger offering.
The Bruins enter Allegiant Stadium as 16.5 point favorites largely because Arizona hasn’t won SU since 2019. UCLA downed the Wildcats 27-10 one season ago, and can use another inspired performance following a recent 1-2 stretch.
Meanwhile, Arizona is realistically fighting just to cover this Saturday behind one of college football’s lesser statistical offerings.
High expectations have fallen during UCLA’s 3-2 start. Upset losses to Fresno State and Arizona State give the unranked Bruins fresh reason to reclaim momentum along PAC-12 territory. Luckily, this week’s opponent feels like a perfect confidence builder before stiffer tests emerge.
Dorian Thompson-Robinson adds ten touchdowns against one interception to lead a balanced UCLA offense. The Bruins average 234 passing and 204 rushing yards per game. Zach Charbonnet tops the UCLA backfield with 449 ground yards and seven touchdowns. Brittain Brown chips in with 296 yards and three scores.
Overall, UCLA averages 35 points per contest, and frankly have too many weapons for Arizona.
While scoring isn’t a Bruin problem, pass defense certainly is. UCLA allows 321 aerial yards each week, and that Achilles heel accounts for their three 2021 setbacks.
Arizona State found plenty of open field during last week’s 42-23 underdog win vs. the Bruins. If lightly-regarded Arizona is to find its way past 16.5 point odds, it will likely be through the air.
As noteable minutia, ASU drilled Arizona 70-7 to keep the Wildcats winless in 2020. Arizona remains winless this Fall at 0-4. The Wildcats allow 31 ppg and return just 17. I could throw in a few more negatives, but you get the clear idea that Arizona is a team in turmoil after 16 straight defeats.
Most recently, no. 3 Oregon mollywalloped AU 41-19 to magnify the sting of a week four loss agsinst Northern Arizona. Yes, Northern Arizona enjoyed arguably its biggest cfb win at Arizona’s expense before a massive post-game celebration involving acrobatics and trash talk.
Given those circumstances, and meager Wildcat offense, it’s hard to envision this group beating the spread Saturday.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- The total has gone OVER in 5 of California-Los Angeles’s last 7 games
- California-Los Angeles is 6-2-1 ATS in its last 9 games when playing Arizona
- California-Los Angeles is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games when playing Arizona
- Arizona is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games
- Arizona is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
- Arizona is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games at home
- Arizona is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games at home
- Arizona is 2-6-1 ATS in its last 9 games when playing California-Los Angeles
Free Week 5 NCAA Football Pick
UCLA probably deserved a wider spread this week, but didn’t get it because of their two recent losses where defense was forgotten. And while the Bruins aren’t the national power many saw them as last month, they are still too dynamic for anything but a big spread cover vs. lowly Arizona
4* Free Week 5 NCAA Betting Pick: UCLA -16.5
Whether by ground or air, expect gaudy UCLA offensive numbers this week as Thompson-Robinson and Zach Charbonnet coast past the host Wildcats.
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