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UCLA Bruins at Virginia Cavaliers 8/30/14 Free College Football Pick

Virginia Cavaliers (0-0) vs. UCLA Bruins (0-0)

College Football: Saturday, August 30, 2014 at 12:00 pm (Scott Stadium)

The Line: Virginia Cavaliers +23.5 -- Over/Under: 59 See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN

The UCLA Bruins and the Virginia Cavaliers kick off their 2014 college football schedules as they face off on Saturday in Virginia.

The UCLA Bruins finished last season with 10 wins but this year the expectations for Jim Mora Jr.’s team are much higher as the Bruins appear to be armed for battle. Brett Hundley returns at QB though many thought his departure for the NFL was a given. Jordan James anchors the running attack but expect Paul Perkins to see action as well. UCLA is loaded at receiver led by Devin Fuller and Jordan Payton but it doesn’t end there. UCLA has just one senior on the offensive line in Malcolm Bunche and he wasn’t a starter a year ago but the line returns plenty including left tackle Caleb Benenoch. On defense linebacker Myles Jack is one of the top players in the nation Fabien Moreau anchors a better than just decent secondary and Kenny Clark should be a force up front on the DL. The kicking game will need to improve over last season if the Bruins are hoping to reach their lofty goals.

UCLA Bruins at Virginia Cavaliers 8/30/14 Free College Football Pick

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The Virginia Cavaliers were awful last season and with a coaching staff led by Head coach Mike London and coordinators Steve Fairchild and John Tenuta, the expectations are just a lot higher than the two wins they prodiced. Greyson Lambert appears ready to take over as the starter. Kevin Parks led the ACC in rushing last year and Keon Johnson returns at WR. The starters return on the O-Line including senior guard Conner Davis but this group will need to be a lot better. Eli Harold will lead the pass rush and he will get help from all over as Tenuta’s style is to attack. Henry Coley returns at MLB and Anthony Harris leads the secondary and he was the leader in interceptions in the nation last year. The kicking game looks to be a strength for the Cavs as Alec Vozenilek had plenty of punting chances a year ago.

UCLA is 4-0 against the spread in their last four non-conference games, 5-2 against the spread in their last seven road games, and 4-1 against the spread in their last five games. Virginia is 7-17-2 against the spread in their last 26 games, 3-11-2 against the spread in their last 16 home games, and 2-9-1 against the spread in their last 12 non-conference games.

This is a lot of points to be laying on the road and in an opener but from what I have to go on here, there isn’t much of a choice but to lay the points with UCLA.

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UCLA Bruins -23.5

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