UNLV vs. UCLA - 9/12/15 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
UCLA Bruins (1-0) at UNLV Rebels (0-1)
College Football: Saturday, September 12, 2015 at 10:30 pm (Sam Boyd Stadium)
The Line: UNLV Rebels +28 -- Over/Under: 63.5 See the Latest Odds
The UCLA Bruins will travel to Sam Boyd Stadium to take on the UNLV Rebels this Saturday night in College Football action.
The 13th ranked UCLA Bruins used a strong second half to pull away and defeated the Virginia Cavaliers 34-16 this past Saturday. The Bruins got a huge game from their freshman quarterback Josh Rosen who completed 28 of 35 passes for 351 yards and 3 TD’s. The Bruins outgained the Cavaliers by a 503-336 margin and committed no turnovers in the victory. Along with Rosen, leading the way for UCLA were RB Paul Perkins (14 carries, 59 yards; 5 receptions, 58 yards), RB Soso Jamabo (9 carries, 79 yards) and WR Jordan Payton (5 receptions, 58 yards). The UCLA defense did an outstanding job against the Cavaliers rushing attack as they held Virginia to just 98 yards on the ground on 34 carries (2.9 yards/rush). Coming into the season, the Bruins really only question mark was at the QB position after Brett Hunley left for the NFL, however, if Rosen can continue to look like the veteran QB he did on Saturday, this UCLA team will have a good chance to compete for a Pac-12 Title this year.
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The UNLV Rebels (0-1, 0-0 MW) couldn’t hold on to a 4th quarter lead and dropped a tough 38-30 loss to the Northern Illinois Huskies this past Saturday. Although the Rebels left Illinois with a lost, first-year head coach Tony Sanchez has a lot to be happy about as they entered this game as 3 TD+ underdogs as they returned just 10 starters from a team that went 2-11 last year. Leading the way for UNLV was QB Blake Decker who went 21-39 for 319 yards, 2 TD’s and an interception. WR Devonte Boyd had 5 catches for 107 yards and a touchdown while running back Keith Whitely had 68 yards on 21 carries. UNLV’s offensive was impressive at it gained 493 yards and had more first downs than Northern Illinois by a 28-24 margin. UNLV will have to improve on the defensive end if they expect to win a few games this year as they allowed the Huskies to gain 545 yards in the contest, including 360 passing yards.
The Bruins are 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall and 7-3-1 ATS in their last 11 games in September. The Rebels are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 home games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 non-conference games.
Head Coach Tony Sanchez had no prior college football experience going into last week’s contest but if you are a UNLV fan, you have to be happy with the effort and energy that Rebels displayed against Northern Illinois last weekend. Although I feel that Coach Sanchez has started to put UNLV on the right track, it will be a few years until their even MW contenders and currently they are in no position to be able to hang around with the talent level of one of the better PAC-12 teams in the UCLA Bruins. If Josh Rosen can continue to play like he did against Virginia this UCLA team is going to have a great year and I feel that they’ll be able to cover this large spread on the road this Saturday. Take UCLA to cover.