UCLA vs. Arizona State - 11/11/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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Arizona State Sun Devils (5-4) at UCLA Bruins (4-5)

College Football: Saturday, November 11, 2017 at 9:30 pm (Rose Bowl)

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The Arizona State Sun Devils will travel to the Rose Bowl to take on the UCLA Bruins this Saturday night in College Football action.

The Arizona State Sun Devils improved to 5-4 (4-2 PAC-12) on the season after defeating the Colorado Buffaloes 41-30, this past Saturday. Arizona State used a powerful running attack to run over Colorado on the way to the school's 600th win. The Sun Devils outgained the Buffaloes by a 583-454 margin and won the turnover battle by a 1-0 margin. Leading the way for Arizona State was RB Demario Richard who carried the ball 25 times for 189-yards and 1 TD. On the season, the Sun Devils are averaging 29.3 ppg on 411.6 total yards per game (261.3 passing yds/g; 150.2 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Arizona State is led by QB Manny Wilkins who has completed 64.3% of his passes on the season for 11 TD and 3 INT while averaging 255.3 passing yds/g. The leading receivers for Arizona State have been N'Keal Harry (6.7 rec/g, 88.2 yds/g, 4 TD), Jalen Harvey (2.8 rec/g, 49.3 yds/g, TD), and Kyle Williams (5.2 rec/g, 58.0 yds/g, 4 TD). The Sun Devils backfield is led by Kalen Ballage (11.3 att/g, 46.8 yds/g, 5 TD) and Demario Richard (15.6 att/g, 71.0 yds/g, 6 TD). Defensively, Arizona State is allowing their opponents to an average of 38.8 ppg on 441.9 total yards per game (263.7 passing yds/g; 178.2 rushing yds/g). The Sun Devils have forced 11 turnovers on the season and have an overall turnover margin of +4.

The UCLA Bruins dropped to 4-5 (2-4 Pac-12) on the season after falling to the Utah Utes 48-17, this past Saturday. UCLA struggled on the offensive end without Josh Rosen, who missed this game due to an concussion, and couldn’t fight back after falling behind by a 38-10 margin at the end of the 3rd quarter. The Bruins were outgained by the Utes by a 506-249 margin and lost the turnover battle by a 1-0 margin. Leading the way for UCLA was WR Darren Andrews who caught 3 passes for 66-yards and 1 TD. On the season, the Bruins are averaging 34.2 ppg on 450.2 total yards per game (327.7 passing yds/g; 122.6 rushing yds/g). Offensively, UCLA is led by QB Josh Rosen who had completed 63.1% of his passes for 20 TD and 8 INT while averaging 339.1 passing yds/g. UCLA offense have talented receivers in WR Darren Anders (6.7 rec/g, 85.9 yds/g, 10 TD), WR Jordan Lasley (6.4 rec/g, 108.6 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 (9.3 att/g, 50.6 yds/g, 4 TD) and Soso Jamabo (10.3 att/g, 49.0 yds/g, 5 TD). Defensively, UCLA is allowing their opponents to an average of 38.8 ppg on 489.6 total yards per game (186.3 passing yds/g; 303.2 rushing yds/g). The Bruins have forced 9 turnovers on the season and have an overall turnover margin of –8.

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The Sun Devils are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall however, just 5-12 ATS in their last 17 road games. The bruins are 7-18-1 ATS in their last 26 games on grass and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games overall.

Arizona State has been one of the more unpredictable and surprising teams in the PAC-12 this season as the Sun Devils have shown they can compete against anyone after their victories against Washington at home and Utah on the road. UCLA has one of the better QB’s in the country in Josh Rosen, however, their defense has struggled all season and come into this matchup ranked 125th in country in scoring defense. This line has yet to be released due to the uncertain status of Josh Rosen, however, even if Rosen plays I think the Sun Devils defense will be able to cause some turnovers and that their offense shouldn’t have any trouble putting points up on the board. Please check back when the line is posted, however, unless UCLA is getting a good amount points, I’m rolling with the Sun Devils here. 

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