Washington State vs UCLA Prediction NCAAF Picks 10/7
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- Oct 6, 2023, 8:29:54 PM
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Washington State vs. UCLA: College Football Preview
Two teams on contrasting Pac-12 trajectories collide in the City of Angels as the 13th-ranked Washington State Cougars take on the UCLA Bruins. This Saturday afternoon matchup promises excitement as both teams aim for victory.
Washington State enters this game with a perfect 4-0 record, including a notable victory against 14th-ranked Oregon State. They had a week off to bask in their triumph, winning outright as a three-point underdog. In contrast, UCLA comes off a bye week following a 14-7 loss to 11th-ranked Utah, failing to cover the spread as a three-point underdog.
In their historical series, the Bruins hold a 40-21-1 edge, with a memorable 67-63 win during their last meeting in September 2019. Washington State's two-week preparation for this game adds intrigue to the matchup.
Washington State's Recent Performance
Washington State's victory over Oregon State showcased their offensive prowess. They led at every quarter, including a 38-21 lead with 9:12 to play. However, they had to withstand a late surge by the Beavers, securing the win with a narrow margin.
Offensively, the Cougars rank 2nd in passing offense nationally, averaging 406 yards per game. Their rushing game ranks 99th with 127.8 yards per game. They boast the 5th-best scoring offense in the FBS, averaging 45.8 points per game. Defensively, they allow an average of 25.5 points per game.
UCLA's Recent Struggles
UCLA started the season strong with three consecutive double-digit victories but faced a setback against Utah. They struggled to score, with their only points coming late in the game. Their offense ranks 53rd in passing with 251 yards per game and 19th in rushing with 205 yards per game. They average 32 points per game but have an elite defense, ranking 6th in scoring defense, allowing just 11 points per game.
Considering the defensive strength of both teams, particularly UCLA's top-ranked scoring defense, the best bet for this game might be the "Under" on the total points, set at 60.5. With two strong defenses, it's likely that the game will feature fewer points than expected. The Bruins' elite defense could make it challenging for Washington State to rack up a high score, making the "Under" a favorable choice for bettors.
Football fans can anticipate a thrilling clash between two Pac-12 contenders this Saturday in Los Angeles.
Pick: Under 60.5