UCLA at Colorado - 11/3/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
UCLA Bruins (3-5) at Colorado Buffaloes (6-2)
College Football: Thursday, November 3, 2016 at 9:00 pm (Folsom Field)
The Line: Colorado Buffaloes -13 -- Over/Under: 58.5 See the Latest Odds
The UCLA Bruins and Colorado Buffaloes square off Thursday night in a key Pac-12 college football matchup at Folsom Field on FS1.
The UCLA Bruins look for their second road win of the season to snap a rough three-game losing streak. The UCLA Bruins haven’t lost four straight games since the 2009 season. Mike Fafaul is completing 55.7 percent of his passes for 779 yards, eight touchdowns and eight interceptions. Fafaul has thrown eight interceptions on his last 121 pass attempts. Darren Andrews and Nate Iese have combined for 856 receiving yards and seven touchdowns while Kenneth Walker III has 21 receptions. The UCLA Bruins ground game is averaging 85.5 yards per contest, and Soso Jamabo leads the way with 206 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, UCLA is allowing 26.8 points and 368.8 yards per game. Jayon Brown leads the UCLA Bruins with 72 tackles, Takkarist McKinley has seven sacks and Adarius Pickett has three interceptions.
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The Colorado Buffaloes hope to remain undefeated at home and build on their Pac-12 South division lead. The Colorado Buffaloes have won five of their last nine home games overall. Sefo Liufau is completing 67.4 percent of his passes for 1,179 yards, seven touchdowns and zero interceptions. Liufau has one touchdown pass on his last 59 pass attempts. Shay Fields and Devin Ross have combined for 1,054 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns while Bryce Bobo has 35 receptions. The Colorado Buffaloes ground game is averaging 216 yards per contest, and Phillip Lindsay leads the way with 745 yards and nine touchdowns. Defensively, Colorado is allowing 18.1 points and 307.8 yards per game. Kenneth Olugbode leads the Colorado Buffaloes with 65 tackles, Jimmie Gilbert has seven sacks and Tedric Thompson has four interceptions.
The Bruins are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 road games and 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The Buffaloes are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 home games and 10-1 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The road team is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 meetings and the underdog is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 meetings.
Even with a backup quarterback, UCLA is no pushover and probably has better raw talent than Colorado at just about every position. However, the Colorado Buffaloes were hanging with UCLA even before this surprise season. Those garbage Colorado teams have lost the last two games to UCLA by a combined seven points. Now that the Buffaloes have found success and are playing Pac-12 contending football, this game has the potential to get ugly for the Bruins.
I like Colorado to get its first win over UCLA since 2003 and do it in convincing fashion.