UCLA Bruins (4-3) at Washington Huskies (6-1)
College Football: Saturday, October 28, 2017 at 3:30 pm (Husky Stadium)
The Line: Washington Huskies -17.5 -- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The UCLA Bruins will travel to Husky Stadium to take on the 12th ranked Washington Huskies this Saturday afternoon in College Football action.
The UCLA Bruins improved to 4-3 (2-2 Pac-12) on the season after defeating the Oregon Ducks 31-14, this past Saturday. UCLA went in to halftime tied at 14-all however, was outstanding on the defensive end in the 2nd half and pulled away after scoring 17 unanswered points. The Bruins outgained the Ducks by a 408-320 margin and won the turnover battle by a 2-0 margin. Leading the way for UCLA was QB Josh Rosen who completed 21 of 36 passes for 266 yards and 2 TD. On the season, the Bruins are averaging 38.3 ppg on 510.1 total yards per game (380.6 passing yds/g; 129.6 rushing yds/g). Offensively, UCLA is led by QB Josh Rosen who has completed 63.5% of this passes on the season for 19 TD and 8 INT while averaging 374.3 passing yds/g. Rosen and the UCLA offense have talented pass catchers in WR Darren Anders (7.0 rec/g, 90.6 yds/g, 8 TD), WR Jordan Lasley (5.3 rec/g, 90.5 yds/g, 3 TD) and TE Caleb Wilson (7.6 rec/g, 98.0 yds/g, TD). The Bruins backfield is led by Bolu Olorunfunmi (8.8 att/g, 52.7 yds/g, 4 TD) and Soso Jamabo (12.6 att/g, 63.0 yds/g, 5 TD). Defensively, UCLA is allowing their opponents to an average of 36.7 ppg on 494.0 total yards per game (190.6 passing yds/g; 303.4 rushing yds/g). The Bruins have forced 7 turnovers on the season and have an overall turnover margin of –8.
The 12th ranked Washington Huskies dropped to 6-1 (3-1 Pac-12) on the season after falling to the Arizona State Sun Devils 13-7, this past Saturday. Washington had no answers for a strong Arizona State defense that held the Huskies offense scoreless until late in the 4th quarter. The Huskies were outgained by the Sun Devils by a 285-230 margin and neither team had a turnover. Leading the way for Washington was QB Jake Browning who completed 17 of 30 passes for 139 yards. On the season, the Huskies are averaging 37.9 ppg on 403.4 total yards per game (244.6 passing yds/g; 158.9 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Washington is led QB Jake Browning who is completing 68.5% of his passes on the season for 14 TD and 3 INT while averaging 229.3 passing yds/g. The leading receivers for Browning and the Huskies have been WR Dante Pettis (6.3 rec/g, 67.4 yds/g, 6 TD), TE Hunter Bryant (3.0 rec/g, 44.9 yds/g, TD), and TE Will Dissly (1.7 rec/g, 22.6 yds/g, 2 TD). The Washington backfield is led by Myles Gaskin (14.9 att/g, 89.4 yds/g, 8 TD) and Lavon Coleman (7.0 att/g, 33.3 yds/g, TD). Defensively, the Huskies are holding teams to 10.6 ppg on 236.9 total yards per game (163.9 passing yds/g; 73.0 rushing yds/g). The Huskies have forced 13 turnovers on the season and have an overall turnover margin of +7.
The Bruins are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games on field turf however, are just 1-8 ATS in their last 9 games following a straight up win. The Huskies are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 conference games and 9-3 ATS in their last 12 games following a bye week.
UCLA has won 2 of their last 3 games and have one of the better QB’s in the country in Josh Rosen, however, the Bruins have been hurt by their defense that comes into this matchup ranked 113th in scoring defense. Washington couldn’t get anything going on the offense end against Arizona State however, the Huskies still have one of the better overall teams in the country as the Huskies rank 21st in scoring offense and 3rd in scoring defense. Washington’s offense should be able to get back on track at home against a weak Bruins defense and as I think the Rosen will struggle against the stout Huskies defense, I think Washington covers this large home spread. Take Washington to cover.