(6-1, 4-3 ATS)
(3-4, 2-5 ATS)
The UCLA Bruins are scratching and clawing just trying to make a bowl game under HC Rick Neuheisel. The Arizona Wildcats are standing in their way this weekend in Pasadena in what should be a very interesting college football betting battle.
HC Mike Stoops is in a very interesting predicament right here. His starting QB Nick Foles was on crutches just two weeks ago, but he is officially listed as questionable for this Saturday’s tussle against the Bruins in spite of the fact that he was originally diagnosed to be out for three to six weeks. Foles wants to get back in the fold, and understandably so after throwing for 1,600 yards and nine TDs in his first five games of the season before getting injured. His backup QB Matt Scott made his first career start last week against a game set of Washington Huskies though, and played well, throwing four two TDs and completing 18-of-22 passing. One thing we do know about Arizona, and that’s that it is awfully hard to score against this defense. This unit has only allowed three of its seven opponents to reach double digits in scoring, and the Iowa Hawkeyes and Oregon State Beavers have had any extended success against it. Arizona hasn’t lost a road game dating back to November 14th of last season, including big time wins over the Arizona State Sun Devils and USC Trojans last season that really jumpstarted things for 2010.
Unfortunately for UCLA, it really doesn’t have much in the way of set options for the quarterback position. Only one quarterback is on scholarship that is healthy and isn’t being redshirted right now, so it is very important for QB Richard Brehaut to stay upright. Brehaut started his first game of the season in last week’s train wreck that was at the Oregon Ducks, a 60-13 defeat. Brehaut found the end zone on the ground once and only threw one pick, playing about as respectable of a game as you could have asked for, but there was never a chance of UCLA beating the No. 1 team in the country. RB Johnathan Franklin is going to be bummed out by the suspension of two of his offensive linemen, which is only going to make things harder on the ground for him. Franklin’s shoulders must already hurt, as he has really had to carry the load all season long for this offense. Franklin has 133 carries for 748 yards and five scores. Watch out for his backup, RB Derrick Coleman as well. Coleman has 366 yards and four scores and is averaging 7.2 yards per carry. Receiving options are few and far between for an offense that ranks No. 117 in the nation. No one on the squad has more than 141 receiving yards for the year. To put that in perspective, that’s approximately what Oklahoma State Cowboys WR Justin Blackmon is averaging per game.
UCLA just has no chance in this one. The Bruins absolutely snuck up on the Texas Longhorns and needed to injure not one, but two quarterbacks for the Houston Cougars to pull out that ‘W’. With Brehaut under center and injuries and suspensions out the kazoos, UCLA isn’t breaking its five game ATS slide in Pac-10 play, Back Arizona in NCAA football betting action.
College Football Free Pick: Arizona Wildcats -9