Arizona State Sun Devils vs. UCLA Bruins - 10/8/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
UCLA Bruins (3-2) at Arizona State Sun Devils (4-1)
College Football: Saturday, October 8, 2016 at 10:30 pm (Sun Devil Stadium)
The Line: Arizona State Sun Devils +8.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The UCLA Bruins will travel to play the Arizona State Sun Devils in a PAC-12 college football battle in week 6.
The Arizona State Sun Devils are 4-1 (1-1) this season after losing to USC by a score of 41-20 in their last game. Arizona State was stopped on offense in this game after being one of the most powerful offenses in the country. The Arizona State offense is averaging 43 points per game with 204.2 rushing yards and 262.6 passing yards per game. Manny Wilkins (Questionable) is completing 65.1% of his passes for 1233 yards, 5 touchdowns, and 4 interceptions for Arizona State. Demario Richard has rushed for 374 yards and 1 touchdown, while Kalen Ballage has rushed for 286 yards and 9 touchdowns for the Sun Devils. Tim White has caught 28 passes for 305 yards, while N’Keal Harry has caught 20 passes for 215 yards and 2 touchdowns for Arizona State. The Arizona State defense is giving up 35.6 points per game with 107.4 rushing yards and 396.4 passing yards per game. Armand Perry has led the ASU defense with 33 tackles and 2 tackles for loss, while DJ Calhoun has added 30 tackles, 4 tackles for loss, and 1 sack. Zane Gonzalez has gone 13-14 on field goals for Arizona State, with a long of 54 yards.
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The UCLA Bruins are 3-2 (1-1) this season after beating Arizona by a score of 45-24 in their last game. UCLA has played well this season but are still looking for their first big win of the year. The UCLA offense is averaging 28.2 points per game with 119.2 rushing yards and 305.6 passing yards per game. Josh Rosen is completing 60.1% of his passes for 1515 yards, 8 touchdowns, and 4 interceptions for UCLA. Soso Jamabo has rushed for 186 yards and 3 touchdowns, while Nate Starks has rushed for 143 yards and 1 touchdown for the Bruins. Darren Andrews has caught 21 passes for 301 yards and 1 touchdown, while Kenneth Walker has caught 15 passes for 299 yards and 3 touchdowns for UCLA. The UCLA defense is giving up 22.4 points per game with 170 rushing yards and 186 passing yards per game. Jayon Brown has led the UCLA defense with 44 tackles and 1 sack, while Kenny Young has added 39 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, 3 sacks, and 1 interception. JJ Molson has gone 7-10 on field goals for UCLA, with a long of 39 yards.
UCLA is 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games and 1-8 ATS in their last 9 games on grass. The under is 4-1-1 in UCLA’s last 6 conference games. Arizona State is 6-0 ATS in their last 6 home games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 conference games. The over is 4-1 in Arizona State’s last 5 home games. The road team is 4-0 ATS in these two teams last 4 meetings.
Arizona State has been able to put up plenty of points on the offensive side of the ball, but their defense has been very poor this season. UCLA has been able to play well on defense and has been able to pass the ball efficiently. I see this game being a shootout, but I am siding with UCLA because they have the better defense.