UCLA Bruins at Texas A&M Aggies - 9/3/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
UCLA Bruins (0-0) at Texas A&M Aggies (0-0)
College Football: Saturday, September 3, 2016 at 3:30 pm (Kyle Field)
The Line: Texas A&M Aggies -3 -- Over/Under: 53 See the Latest Odds
The UCLA Bruins will travel to play the Texas A&M Aggies in a very intriguing opening weekend game.
The Texas A&M Aggies were 8-5 last season, but lost their bowl game against Louisville by a score of 27-21. The Texas A&M offense averaged 27.8 points per game with 169.1 rushing yards and 255.6 passing yards per game in 2015. Trevor Knight looks to be the starter at quarterback this season after transferring from Oklahoma. Keith Ford is first on the depth chart at running back for the Aggies. Ford is also a transfer from Oklahoma, where he rushed for just over 500 yards and 6 touchdowns over 2 seasons. Texas A&M is loaded with talent at the wide receiver position with Christian Kirk, Ricky Seals-Jones, and Josh Reynolds who combined for over 2,400 yards and 16 touchdowns in 2015. The Texas A&M defense gave up 22 points per game with 213.7 rushing yards and 166.3 passing yards per game last season. Armani Watts returns in the defensive backfield after leading Texas A&M in tackles last season with 126 tackles. Donovan Wilson led Texas A&M with 5 interceptions in 2015. Myles Garrett is also returning after totaling 59 tackles, 19.5 tackles for loss, and 12.5 sacks last season.
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The UCLA Bruins were 8-5 last season and lost to Nebraska by a score of 37-29 in their bowl game. The UCLA offense averaged 32.2 points per game with 176.8 rushing yards and 288.9 passing yards per game in 2015. Josh Rosen returns at quarterback for the Bruins after throwing for 3,669 yards and 23 touchdowns last season. Running backs Jamabo Soso and Nate Starks will lead the backfield after combining for over 700 yards and 9 touchdowns in 2015. The wide receiver position has some holes, as UCLA lost most of its production from last season. The UCLA defense gave up 26 points per game with 198.5 rushing yards and 203.2 passing yards per game last season. UCLA struggled to stop the run last season and also lost some of its best players in their front seven. Jayon Brown returns at linebacker after leading UCLA in tackles last season with 93. The UCLA secondary returns all of its starters, including Jaleel Wadood, who had 2 interceptions last season.
UCLA is 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games against the SEC and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games on grass. The under is 3-1-1 in UCLA’s last 5 games. Texas A&M is 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 home games. The under is 5-0 in Texas A&M’s last 5 games.
This should be an excellent game between two good teams. Texas A&M has some questions at quarterback, but they will have the upper hand playing at home. UCLA should have a good offense, while their defense will have to improve against the run. I like Texas A&M to use the home field advantage and win this game in a very tight contest.