Arizona at UCLA - 10/1/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Arizona Wildcats (2-2) at UCLA Bruins (2-2)
College Football: Saturday, October 1, 2016 at 10:30 pm (Rose Bowl)
The Line: UCLA Bruins -13.5 -- Over/Under: 58.5 See the Latest Odds
The Arizona Wildcats and UCLA Bruins clash late Saturday night at the Rose Bowl on ESPN.
The Arizona Wildcats look to get a game above a .500 record when they take the road for the first time. Brandon Dawkins is completing 61.7 percent of his passes for 625 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. Dawkins has five career touchdown passes on 119 pass attempts. Shun Brown and Trey Griffey have combined for 372 receiving yards and two touchdowns while Samajie Grant has 11 receptions. The Arizona Wildcats ground game is averaging 248 yards per contest, and Dawkins leads the way with 391 yards and seven touchdowns. Defensively, Arizona is allowing 25.5 points and 454.5 yards per game. Paul Magloire Jr. leads the Wildcats with 24 tackles, DeAndre' Miller has two sacks and Demetrius Flannigan-Fowles has two interceptions.
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The UCLA Bruins also need a win in order to get a game above a .500 record after a rough 2-2 start. Josh Rosen is completing 61.6 percent of his passes for 1,165 yards, five touchdowns and four interceptions. Rosen has at least one touchdown pass in seven straight games. Darren Andrews and Kenneth Walker III have combined for 378 receiving yards and two touchdowns while Nate Iese has eight receptions. The UCLA Bruins ground game is averaging 117.7 yards per contest, and Soso Jamabo leads the way with 198 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, UCLA is allowing 22 points and 348.3 yards per game. Jayon Brown leads the Bruins with 33 tackles, Kenny Young has two sacks and Randall Goforth has two interceptions.
The Wildcats are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Bruins are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 home games and 0-6 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Wildcats are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 meetings.
UCLA has beaten Arizona in four straight meetings and three of those games were decided by double digits, including a 26-point win last season. Arizona has the offense to hang with UCLA but is very inconsistent and will likely be suffering a hangover here after having a chance to knock off Washington and blowing it. UCLA is more talented than it's record indicates and is due for a breakout performance at home. So, while I hate laying big chalk, I can see the Bruins winning this game by two touchdowns.