UCLA Bruins (7-2) at Washington Huskies (6-3)
|Date & Time||Saturday November 8, 2014, 7:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Washington Huskies +5 -- Over/Under:
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The Washington Huskies and the UCLA Bruins face off on Saturday at Husky Stadium for a Pac-12 college football matchup.
The Washington Huskies have lost three of their last five games but they are coming off of a win at Colorado last Saturday. Washington started the season unbeaten but they have gone 2-3 in the Pac-12. The Washington offense is averaging 30.8 points and 364.9 yards and they are led by QB Cyler Miles who has completed 66.5 percent of his passes with 12 touchdowns and just one interception. Lavon Coleman is UW’s leading rusher with 438 yards and a TD and Jaydon Mickens is the Huskies leading receiver with 38 catches and two touchdowns. The Washington defense allows 24.4 points and 409.8 yards per game and they have sacked opposing QB’s 37 times. Danny Shelton is Washington’s leading tackler with 70 including 7.5 sacks, John Timu has 68 tackles, and Hau’oll Kikaha has 15.5 sacks. Washington has lost their last two home games.
The UCLA Bruins have won their last three games and are back in contention in the Pac-12. UCLA is coming off of a road win last week at Arizona in a game that was tight all the way and that followed two wins that were by a combined five points. The UCLA offense is averaging 33.7 points and 490.7 yards per game and are led by QB Brett Hundley who has completed 71 percent of his passes with 15 touchdowns and four interceptions and he has rushed for 546 yards and five touchdowns. Paul Perkins has been impressive leading the Bruins in rushing with 1,074 yards and six touchdowns and Jordan Payton is UCLA’s leading receiver with 53 catches and seven touchdowns. The UCLA defense allows 27.7 points and 414.9 yards per game but they have just 11 turnovers and 13 sacks. Eric Kendricks has 97 tackles, Myles Jack has 63 tackles, and Owa Odighizuwa has 7.5 tackles for a loss. UCLA will need to win out if they hope to have a shot of going to the Pac-12 title game.
Washington is 7-3 against the spread in November, 1-5 against the spread following a game that they covered the spread, and 17-8 against the spread in their last 25 home games. UCLA is 1-4 against the spread in their last five Pac-12 games, 1-4 against the spread in their last five road games, and 7-3 against the spread in their last 10 road games against a team with a winning home record. The favorite has covered the point spread in four of the past five meetings of these two.
I am looking for a close game here as both of these teams seem to be involved in plenty of them and with that in mind my play is Washington taking the points.