UCLA Bruins (5-2) at Colorado Buffaloes (2-5)
|Date & Time||Saturday October 25, 2014, 2:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Colorado Buffaloes +13.5 -- Over/Under: 69.5
The Colorado Buffaloes and the UCLA Bruins face off on Saturday at Folsom Field in a Pac-12 college football matchup.
The Colorado Buffaloes have had yet another rough season but they look to stay alive in their hops of getting a bowl bid but they need a win in this one. Colorado had lost their last three games and the offense appears to be doing fine averaging 466.1 yards per game but converting it to 31.3 points. CU QB Sefo Liufau has completed 65.3 percent of his passes with 21 touchdowns but he has been intercepted nine times. Christian Powell and Tony Jones have been the primary ball carriers averaging 4.7 and 5.2 yards respectively while Nelson Spruce is the Buffaloes leading receiver with 1 catches and 11 touchdowns. The Colorado defense is allowing 435.1 yards per game with four fumble recoveries and 15 sacks but they are allowing 41.4 yards per game. Addison Gillam is Colorado’s leading tackler with 57, Tedric Thompson has 53, and Derek McCartney has four sacks. Colorado is a better team than we have seen from them recently but until they improve on defense they will be hard pressed to get wins.
The UCLA Bruins are 5-2 this season but even though they have what looks to be a nice record, the expectations and hopes were higher. QB Brett Hundley has competed 72.5 percent of his passes with 13 touchdowns and four interceptions but he spends a lot of time getting sacked. Paul Perkins has rushed for 816 yards but he had to leave last week’s game and was replace by Jordan James who averages almost a full two yards less per carry. Jordan Payton has 42 receptions and five touchdowns to lead the Bruins receivers and Devin Fuller has 31 catches. Defensively UCLA allows 29.3 points and 425.6 yards per game with five interceptions, three fumble recoveries, and 10 sacks. Eric Kendricks has 7 tackles, Myles Jack has 55 tackles, and Deon Hollis has three sacks. UCLA has some glaring holes that have prevented success against the better teams.
Colorado is 5-2 against the spread in their last seven pac-12 games, 9-20 against the spread against a team with a winning record, and 5-1 against the spread after allowing more than 200 rushing yards in their previous game. UCLA is 17-36-1 against the spread against a team with a losing record, 1-6 against the spread in their last seven games, and 1-4 against the spread following a game that they didn’t cover the point spread. The road team has covered the point spread in four of the last five meetings of these two.
I am expecting plenty of points but for it to be close on the scoreboard and getting nearly two touchdowns my pick is Colorado.
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