Saturday, Oct. 26, 7 p.m. (ET)
NCAAF Betting Odds: VietBet
Pointspread: Oregon -22.5
Total Line: 70
UCLA had a golden opportunity to make a splash in the initial BCS rankings with a win last week against then-No. 13 Stanford, but it came up short in a 24-10 loss as a 4.5-point road underdog. It was the Bruins first loss of the season against five previous victories both straight-up and against the spread. The total stayed UNDER the 55-point closing line in that game and it has now stayed UNDER in four of its first six games.
The Bruins’ best shot at keeping this game close lies in a defense that is ranked 18th in the nation in points allowed; giving-up an average of 19.2 points a game. They will also need a big night from quarterback Brett Hundley and an offense that looked completely out of sync against the Cardinal last week. UCLA has averaged 39.8 points a game this season behind a balanced mix of running and passing the ball so it does now how to find the end zone when things are going according to plan.
The Ducks will probably come into this game with a chip on their shoulder after getting leap frogged by Florida State in the BCS standings. Oregon has basically annihilated every team it has faced this season on its way to a 7-0 SU start that boasts a very profitable 6-1 mark ATS. The total has gone OVER in five of the seven games.
While the defense has done its part by holding its opponents to an average of 17.3 points a game, it has been the Ducks’ high-powered offense that has garnered all the attention. It is ranked 19th in the nation in passing behind quarterback Marcus Mariota, but the real strength has been a ground game that is churning-out an average of 332.4 yards a contest. Byron Marshall has done most of the damage with 746 yards and nine touchdowns on 111 carries. This has all added up to 57.6 points a game, which is the second-highest total in Division IA.
Free College Football Pick
The biggest thing that UCLA has going for itself in this game is that it is in prime position to catch Oregon looking ahead to a Thursday night showdown against Stanford on Nov. 7. It is highly doubtful that the Bruins would be able to pull off a SU upset on the road, but they will play well enough to cover with the 22.5 points.
Oregon 42 UCLA 27
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