UCLA Bruins at BYU Cougars - 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 +2.5 -- Over/Under: 49 See the Latest Odds
The UCLA Bruins will travel to play the BYU Cougars in a non-conference game in week 3.
The BYU Cougars are 1-1 this season after losing to Utah by a score of 20-19. BYU scored a late touchdown to draw within 1 point of the Utes, but were stopped as they went for the 2-point conversion to take the lead. The BYU offense is averaging 18.5 points per game with 178 rushing yards per game and 193.5 passing yards per game. Taysom Hill is completing 61.8% of his passes for 378 yards, 3 interceptions, and 1 touchdown, while also rushing for 124 yards and 2 touchdowns. Jamaal Williams has rushed for 220 yards and 0 touchdowns for BYU. Jonah Trinnaman has caught 8 passes for 76 yards, while Mitch Juergens has caught 8 passes for 52 yards for the Cougars. The BYU defense is giving up 18 points per game with 142 rushing yards per game and 203.5 passing yards per game. Butch Pau’u has led the BYU defense with 18 tackles, 3 tackles for loss, and 1 sack, while Francis Bernard has added 12 tackles, 1 sack, and 1 interception. Jake Oldroyd is 3-3 on field goals this season for BYU, with a long of 43 yards.
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The UCLA Bruins are 1-1 this season after beating UNLV by a score of 42-21 in week 2. UCLA only led by 7 points going into the fourth quarter before pulling away for the three touchdown lead. The UCLA offense is averaging 33 points per game with 172 rushing yards per game and 311.5 passing yards per game. Josh Rosen is completing 58.3% of his passes for 610 yards, 3 interceptions, and 2 touchdowns for UCLA. Soso Jamabo has rushed for 181 yards and 3 touchdowns, while Bolu Olorunfunmi has added 68 rushing yards and 2 touchdowns for the Bruins. Kenneth Walker III has caught 7 passes for 122 yards and 1 touchdown, while Eldridge Massington has caught 7 passes for 76 yards for UCLA. The UCLA defense is giving up 26 points per game with 189 rushing yards per game and 196 passing yards per game. Kenny Young has led the UCLA defense with 14 tackles, 1 sack, and 1 fumble recovery, while Randall Goforth has added 7 tackles and 2 interceptions. JJ Molson has gone 3-4 on field goals for UCLA, with a long of 38 yards.
The UCLA Bruins are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a win. The over is 2-0-2 in UCLA’s last 4 games. The BYU Cougars are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games against the PAC-12. The under is 5-2 in BYU’s last 7 games against the PAC-12. The under is 4-1 in these two teams last 5 meetings.
UCLA did not take care of business as they should have last week, but was still able get the win. BYU has played in two very close contests, but came up just short against Utah. Taysom Hill will once again be the key in this game, as the BYU offense needs to produce more. The UCLA offense has been stronger this season, while the BYU defense has been better. If this game was being played at UCLA, I would feel very confident in picking the Bruins. However, I am still going with UCLA on the road.