Virginia Cavaliers vs. UCLA Bruins Pick-Odds-Prediction 8/30/14
UCLA Bruins (10-3) at Virginia Cavaliers (2-10)
College Football: Saturday, August 30, 2014 at 12:00 pm (Scott Stadium)
The Line: Virginia Cavaliers +21 -- Over/Under: 59 See the Latest Odds
The UCLA Bruins head to Virginia to play the Cavaliers in the first week of the 2014 college football season.
UCLA and head coach, Jim Mora, are coming off another bowl appearance and the first 10-win season since 2005. The Bruins won their first bowl game since 2009 and defeated the likes of USC, Arizona, and Nebraska last season. UCLA has the talent and the leadership to win a conference title and possibly compete for the national title. QB Brett Hundley is arguably the best quarterback in the country as he completed over 67% of his passes for over 3,000 yards and 24 touchdowns last year. Hundley also rushed for 748 yards and 11 touchdowns for UCLA. WR Devin Fuller and Jordan Payton, caught a combined 81 passes last season and will be a tough duo to defend this season. The biggest question mark for UCLA is the running backs heading into this season. RB Jordan James and Paul Perkins will have to step up and help the Bruins produce a great rushing attack this season. Defensively, the Bruins will be led by LB Myles Jack, who won freshman defensive player of the year honors last year. LB Eric Kendricks is also returning after leading UCLA in tackles last season. The Bruins secondary has talent, led by Ishmael Adams and Randall Goforth. UCLA will have to hope that some newcomers can step up and produce a pass rush this season. The Bruins are prepared to make a run this season and it will all start on Saturday against UVA.
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The Virginia Cavaliers finished a lousy 2-10 last season and did not win a game in conference play. The Cavaliers return 15 starters, 9 of them on the defensive side of the ball. Virginia ranked 98th in yards allowed per game and 110th in offensive scoring last season, so it will be easy to at least improve on those number this year. There is a new quarterback in town, Greyson Lambert, and he hopes to guide the Cavaliers to a better season in 2014. Lambert will be joined in the backfield with returning senior RB Kevin Parks and RB Khalek Shepherd. The offensive line may struggle without Morgan Moses, who was drafted by the Washington Redskins during the offseason. The offensive line is young and may improve over time, but opponents may have their way with this group in 2014. Defensively, the Cavaliers have some depth and experience led by junior Eli Harold and David Dean. The secondary is headlined by senior SS Anthony Harris, who has 8 interceptions. UVA’s weakest link is at the linebacker position and they hope to have some young guys step up and produce this season. Virginia can only improve from a disaster 2013 season and I believe they will, but not enough to make any noise in the ACC.
UCLA has the talent and experience to make a run at the national championship this season, while Virginia will begin by trying to manage more than two wins this season. I think Hundley will light it up on Saturday and Virginia will have a hard time slowing him down. Meanwhile, UCLA will show that there defense has improved over the offseason and the UVA will show their inexperience on offense. This game sets up to be a blow out from the start. I’m going to lay the 21 points, and take the Bruins to win by 30 in this one.