California at UCLA - 10/22/15 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
California Golden Bears (5-1) at UCLA Bruins (4-2)
College Football: Thursday, October 22, 2015 at 9:00 pm (Rose Bowl)
The Line: UCLA Bruins -3.5 -- Over/Under: 65.5 See the Latest Odds
The California Golden Bears and UCLA Bruins square off late Thursday night at the Rose Bowl.
The California Golden Bears look to become bowl eligible by winning their third road game of the year. Jared Goff is completing 66.7 percent of his passes for 1,970 yards, 17 touchdowns and nine interceptions. Goff has two or more touchdown passes in seven straight games. Kenny Lawler and Trevor Davis have combined for 807 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns while Stephen Anderson has 23 receptions. The California Golden Bears ground game is averaging 162.3 yards per contest, and Khalfani Muhammad leads the way with 374 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Cal is allowing 24.5 points and 394.8 yards per game. Kyle Kragen leads the Golden Bears with 35 tackles, Darius White has two sacks and Cameron Walker has two sacks.
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The UCLA Bruins look to snap a two-game losing streak by getting their third win over a ranked team. Josh Rosen is completing 59 percent of his passes for 1,568 yards, 12 touchdowns and seven interceptions. Rosen has seven touchdown passes in his last three games. Jordan Payton and Thomas Duarte have combined for 834 receiving yards and nine touchdowns while Darren Andrews has nine receptions. The UCLA Bruins ground game is averaging 198 yards per contest, and Paul Perkins leads the way with 681 yards and eight touchdowns. Defensively, UCLA is allowing 27.7 points and 391.8 yards per game. Isaako Savaiinaea leads the Bruins with 44 tackles, Aaron Wallace has 1.5 sacks and Takkarist McKinley has six pass deflections. Deon Hollins and Nate Starks are questionable while Conor McDermott is doubtful.
The Golden Bears are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 road games and 8-24 ATS in their last 32 games following a S.U. loss. The Bruins are 5-22 ATS in their last 27 games in October and 17-7 ATS in their last 24 home games vs. a team with a winning road record. The Golden Bears are 1-5-1 ATS in their last 7 meetings in UCLA and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 meetings overall.
Cal only lost to UCLA by two points last season. This year, the Bruins are banged up on both sides of the ball and those injuries are really starting to catch up lately. Also, Goff is no longer a freshman and gives the Golden Bears a chance to beat anybody in the country as he's one of the top quarterbacks in college football.
I would not be surprised if Cal won this game outright. Give me the points in what should be a fun game.