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 -11.5 -- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The UCLA Bruins will travel to play the Colorado Buffaloes in a PAC-12 Thursday night College Football Battle in week 10.
The Colorado Buffaloes are 6-2 (4-1) this season after beating Stanford by a score of 10-5 in their last game. Colorado has won 4 of their last 5 games, with their only loss in that span coming at USC. The Colorado offense is averaging 35.4 points per game with 216 rushing yards and 279.8 passing yards per game. Sefo Liufau is completing 67.4% of his passes for 1179 yards and 7 touchdowns for Colorado. Phillip Lindsay has rushed for 745 yards and 9 touchdowns, while Kyle Evans has added 335 yards and 3 scores for the Buffaloes. Devin Ross has caught 42 passes for 491 yards and 5 touchdowns, while Bryce Bobo has caught 35 passes for 468 yards and 2 touchdowns for Colorado. The Colorado defense is giving up 18.1 points per game with 129.1 rushing yards and 178.6 passing yards per game. Kenneth Olugbode has led the Colorado defense with 65 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, 2 sacks, and 1 interception, while Jimmie Gilbert has added 35 tackles, 9 tackles for loss, and 7 sacks. Chris Graham has gone 4-7 on field goals, with a long of 36 yards.
The UCLA Bruins are 3-5 (1-4) this season after losing to Utah by a score of 52-45 in their last game. UCLA has lost 3 straight games and 4 of their last 5 games, which has put an end to their PAC-12 title hopes. The UCLA offense is averaging 28.4 points per game with 85.5 rushing yards and 336.8 passing yards per game. Josh Rosen has been injured for UCLA, so Mike Fafaul will most likely start for UCLA. Fafaul is completing 55.7% of his passes for 779 yards, 8 touchdowns, and 8 interceptions for UCLA. Soso Jamabo has rushed for 206 yards and 3 touchdowns, while Bolu Olorunfunmi has added 189 yards and 3 scores for the Bruins. Darren Andrews has caught 37 passes for 485 yards and 3 touchdowns, while Nate Iese has caught 23 passes for 371 yards and 4 touchdowns for UCLA. The UCLA defense is giving up 26.8 points per game with 173 rushing yards and 195.8 passing yards per game. Jayon Brown has led the UCLA defense with 72 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks, and 2 interceptions, while Kenny Young has added 59 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, 4 sacks, and 1 interception. JJ Molson has gone 9-14 on field goals for UCLA, with a long of 39 yards.
UCLA is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a bye week and 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The under is 3-0-1 in UCLA’s last 4 road games. Colorado is 6-0 ATS in their last 6 conference games and 7-0 ATS in their last 7 games on grass. The under is 4-0 in Colorado’s last 4 games overall. The road team is 5-2 ATS in these two teams last 7 meetings.
These teams come into this game trending in different directions. Colorado is ranked and is looking to stay in the PAC-12 title race, while UCLA is just trying to make it to a bowl game. Colorado is led by quarterback Sefo Liufau on offense and is supported by a very good defense. With Josh Rosen likely out, I like Colorado at home due to how strong Liufau has played this season.