BYU at UCLA - 9/19/15 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
BYU Cougars (2-0) at UCLA Bruins (2-0)
College Football: Saturday, September 19, 2015 at 10:30 pm (Rose Bowl)
The Line: UCLA Bruins -17 -- Over/Under: 60 See the Latest Odds
TV: FOX Sports 1
The BYU Cougars and UCLA Bruins square off Saturday night at the Rose Bowl.
The BYU Cougars hope to remain unbeaten and earn their second win over a ranked team. Tanner Mangum is completing 61.5 percent of his passes for 420 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. Mangum has moved the chains on nine of his 24 completions. Mitchell Juergens and Devon Blackmon have combined for 350 receiving yards and two touchdowns while Nick Kurtz has five receptions. The BYU Cougars ground game is averaging 102 yards per contest, and Adam Hiné leads the way with 130 yards and a touchdown. Defensively, BYU is allowing 26 points and 403 yards per game. Michael Wadsworth leads the Cougars with 16 tackles, Harvey Langi has four tackles for loss and Kai Nacua has three interceptions. Jordan Preator is questionable.
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The UCLA Bruins also look to remain unbeaten and get their first big win of the year. Josh Rosen is completing 64.9 percent of his passes for 574 yards, four touchdowns and one interception. Rosen has picked up a first down on 23 of his 50 completions. Jordan Payton and Paul Perkins have combined for more than 200 receiving yards and one touchdown while Nate Iese has five receptions. The UCLA Bruins ground game is averaging 212.5 yards per contest, and Perkins leads the way with 210 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, UCLA is allowing 9.5 points and 286.5 yards per game. Kenny Young leads the Bruins with 10 tackles, Deon Hollins has 2.5 tackles for loss and Takkarist McKinley has two pass deflections.
The Cougars are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. Pac-12. The Bruins are 8-3-1 ATS in their last 12 games in September and 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall.
This line is rather shocking to me, as BYU is a solid team on both ends of the ball and is very well coached. Sure, UCLA may have better top end talent, but the Cougars can hang and have actually proven more against better comp so far than the Bruins have. Not sure why this line is so big but I'm not asking any questions.
BYU covers this game with a chance to win outright.