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UCLA vs. Oklahoma - 9/14/19 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Oklahoma at UCLA
Date & Time Saturday September 14, 2019, 8:00 PM (EDT)
Location
Rose Bowl
Pasadena, CA
The Line
Oklahoma -21.5 -- O/U: 68
TV Channel
FOX
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The Oklahoma Sooners and the UCLA Bruins meet in a week 3 college football matchup from the Rose Bowl on Saturday night.

The Oklahoma Sooners will look to build on their 2-0 start to the season after picking up a 70-14 beatdown victory over South Dakota last time up. Jalen Hurts has thrown for 591 yards and 6 touchdowns on 34 of 41 passing, good for a 82.9% completion percentage. Hurts also leads the Sooners in rushing with 223 rushing yards and 3 touchdowns while Trey Sermon has 147 rushing yards and Rhamondre Stevenson has 145 rushing yards and a pair of rushing TDs this season. CeeDee Lamb leads OU’s receiving group with 8 grabs for 190 yards and a pair of touchdowns while Charleston Rambo has 135 receiving yards and a pair of touchdowns as well. Jadon Haselwood has 124 receiving yards as Oklahoma’s 3rd 100-yard receiver this season. Defensively, Kenneth Murray leads Oklahoma with 17 tackles this season while Pat Fields is 2nd on the team with 11 tackles this year. As a team, Oklahoma is averaging 709.5 yards of total offense and 59.5 points per game this season.

The UCLA Bruins will look for a big time win at home to break out of their winless start to the year, falling to 0-2 after a 23-14 loss to San Diego State last time out. Dorian Thompson-Robinson has thrown for 355 yards, 3 touchdowns and 2 interceptions on 32 of 61 passing, good for a 52.5% completion percentage while Demetric Felton has rushed for a team-high 99 yards this season while also leading the Bruins with 9 catches for 127 yards and a touchdown this year. Defensively, Krys Barnes leads UCLA with 21 tackles, including 16 solo tackles, while Elijah Gates has 15 tackles and Atonio Mafi has 13 tackles as the Bruins have 7 double-digit tacklers through the first two games of the season. As a team, UCLA is averaging 239.5 yards of total offense and 14 points per game this season.

Oklahoma is 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 road games against a team with a losing home record while the over is 5-0 in their last 5 games against the Pac-12. UCLA is 2-7-1 ATS in their last 10 home games and 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall while the over is 12-5 in their last 17 games against the Big 12.

This line has jumped nearly double digits since it opened, and laying over three touchdowns on the road usually isn’t ideal. However, UCLA hasn’t shown any signs of getting anything going in the first two games and just lost for the first time in program history against a San Diego State team that they probably should’ve beaten. Oklahoma is looking like a playoff team once again with Hurts leading the charge, and better teams have tried to hang with the Sooners only to get left behind. I will lay the points with Oklahoma as I think the Sooners cover this game with relative ease.

Pick:
Oklahoma -21.5

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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