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BYU vs. UCLA - 9/17/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

UCLA Bruins (1-1) at BYU Cougars (1-1)

College Football: Saturday, September 17, 2016 at 10:15 pm (LaVell Edwards Stadium)

The Line: BYU Cougars +4 -- Over/Under: 49 See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN 2

The UCLA Bruins will travel to LaVell Edwards Stadium to take on the BYU Cougars this Saturday night in College Football action.

The UCLA Bruins rebounded from their opening game loss to Texas A&M and improved to 1-1 (0-0 Pac-12) on the season after defeating the UNLV Rebels, 42-21, this past Saturday. UCLA was able to jump out to a 28-14 lead at halftime and outscored the Rebels by a 14-0 margin in the 4th quarter to secure the victory. UCLA outgained UNLV by a 499-328 margin and was an impressive 8 for 13 on 3rd down conversations in the victory. Leading the way for UCLA was QB Josh Rosen who completed 23 of 38 passes for 267 yards and a TD. On the season, UCLA is averaging 33.0 points per game on 483.5 yards per game (311.5 passing, 172.0 rushing). UCLA is led by QB Josh Rosen who has 2 TD’s & 3 INT on the season while completing 58.3% of his passes and averaging 305.0 yds/game. The Bruins backfield is led by RB Soso Jamabo who on the season has 3 TD’s and is averaging 90.5 yds/game on 17.0 att/game. RB Bolu Olorunfunmi has also chipped in with 2 TD’s and is averaging 34.0 yds/game. Leading the way for the UCLA receivers has been Kenneth Walker III (7 rec, 122 yards, 1 TD), Eldridge Massington (7 rec, 76 yards), and Jordan Lasley (4 rec, 72 yards). Defensively, UCLA is allowing their opponents to average 26.0 ppg on 385.0 total yards per game (196 passing, 189 rushing). Leading way defensively for the Bruins has been LB Kenny Young (14 tackles, 1 sack) and LB Jayon Brown (14 tackles).

BYU vs. UCLA - 9/17/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The BYU Cougars couldn’t follow-up their victory to open the season against Arizona and dropped to 1-1 on the season after losing 20-19 against the Utah Utes this past Saturday. BYU had a chance to win as with 18 seconds left in the Taysom Hill got the Cougars within a point with a 7-yard TD run, however, BYU decided to go for the win with the two-point conversation and field. BYU was outgained by Utah by a 363-328 margin however, did win turnover battle by a 6-3 margin. Leading the way for BYU was QB as although he passed for just 176 yards and 3 INT, he was able to get 2 TD’s and 87 yards on the ground. Offensively, BYU is averaging 18.5 ppg on 371.5 total yards per game (193.5 passing, 178.0 rushing). BYU has is led by QB Taysom Hill who on the season had 1 TD & 3 INT while completing 61.8% of his passes and averaging 189.0 passing yds/game. Taysom Hill has also done a nice job on the ground as he has 2 TD’s while averaging 62.0 rushing yds/game. Leading the way in the backfield is RB Jamall Williams who is averaging 110.0 yds/game on 20.5 att/game. Hill has down a nice job spreading the ball around to his receivers as BYU currently has 5 receivers that average between 22.0 & 40.0 yds/game. Leading the way for the receivers has been Moroni Laulu-Pututau (7 rec, 80 yards), Jonah Trinnaman (8 rec, 76 yards), and Mitchell Juergens (8 rec, 52 yards). Defensively, BYU is holding their opponents to just 18.0 ppg on 345.5 yards per game (203.5 passing, 142.0 rushing). The Cougars currently have a turnover margin of plus 5 and have been led by DB Kai Nacua (8 tackles, 3 INT) and LB Butch Pau’u (18 tackles, 1 sack).

The Bruins are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 non-conference games and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Cougars are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games and 4-1 ATS in their last 4 games overall.

UCLA came into the season with high expectations behind QB Josh Rosen but has to still be disappointed with their OT loss to Texas A&M to open the season. BYU had a very good chance to beat their in-state rivals, Utah, on the road and although they fell just short, have to be thrilled with the defensive effort their team has shown over their first few games. There is no question that Josh Rosen is one of the best QB’s in the country however, I think Rosen will have his hands full with BYU in this game and although Taysom Hill hasn’t played outstanding this season, I think he’ll do enough against and average ULCA defense to give the BYU Cougars a solid chance to get the victory at home. Take BYU and the points in this one.   

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