Arizona, 2-2, travels to UCLA, 2-2, in what is already shaping up as an elimination game in the Pac-12. The Week 5 college football odds favor UCLA to beat Arizona by 13.5-points. Both teams are desperate to get something positive going after the .500 starts.
The game kicks off on Saturday, Oct 1st, 2016 at 10:30 PM ET on ESPN from the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA.
Arizona Wildcats Vs UCLA Bruins Odds & Pick
This is a game between two awful against the spread teams. Arizona is a terrible 1-3 ATS while UCLA is a worse 0-4 ATS. UCLA opened as a -10.5 favorite. The Bruins are now a -13.5 favorite. The total in the game is at 59 points.
What: Arizona Wildcats (2-2) at UCLA Bruins (2-2)
When: Saturday, Oct 1st, 2016
Start Time: 10:30 PM ET
Where: Pasadena, CA
Stadium: Rose Bowl
Spread: UCLA -13.5
Moneyline: Arizona +405 vs UCLA -500
Game Total: 58.5
Stream: Watch ESPN
Listen: Arizona vs UCLA
Bet on Arizona Because…
Arizona can score points. The Wildcats don’t play great defense but they can sure score points. Arizona averages 30.5 points per game. They have a fairly balanced offense as well. The Wildcats pass for 209.5 yards per. They rush for 248 yards per. Arizona’s offense is good enough that it scored 28 points against Washington, a team that has one of the best defenses in the nation.
Bet on UCLA Because…
UCLA owns Arizona. The Bruins are 4-0 straight up in the last 4 meetings between these 2 teams. The home team, UCLA in this case, is a winning 9-4 ATS in the last 13 meetings. UCLA needs to win big against Arizona. The Bruins have failed against better teams in Stanford and Texas A&M this season.
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction
The game sets up for a UCLA win. Arizona’s defense gives up 25.5 points per game on average. It gives up 454.5 yards per game.
To make matters worse for the Wildcats, they’ve got a long injury report going into this game. QB Anu Solomon is questionable. Then again, Solomon not playing in this game might actually work out for the Wildcats.
Back-up QB Brandon Dawkins, who has filled in for Solomon on more than one occasion already in 2016, isn’t a great passer. He’s thrown for only 675 yards and 3 touchdowns to 1 interception. But Dawkins is an exceptional runner. He’s averaging 8.9 yards per carry. He’s scored 7 rushing touchdowns while rushing for 391 yards.
UCLA has a good offense and a decent defense. I don’t think the Wildcats do enough to win this game straight up. But they could do enough to keep it closer than 13.5 points.
My final score prediction is UCLA 37, Arizona 27.