Twentieth ranked California travels to Pasadena this Thursday for a battle with unranked UCLA. The game is a huge one for both teams.
After a terrific beginning to the season where UCLA worked its way into the Top 10, the wheels have fallen off of the Bruins’ hot rod to the Pac 12 Championship Game. UCLA has dropped its last two matchups to ASU and Stanford. The Bruins’ defense is a total mess. Will California have enough offensively to take advantage? Or, will UCLA find a way to turn things around?
How To Bet The No. 20 California Golden Bears Vs UCLA Bruins College Football Week 8 Spread
What: No. 20 California Golden Bears (5-1) at UCLA Bruins (4-2)
When: Thursday, October 22, 2015
Kickoff: 9:00 PM ET
Where: Pasadena, CA
Stadium: Rose Bowl
Weather: 77° F | More Sun Than Clouds
Spread: UCLA -3.5
Moneyline: Cal +145 vs UCLA -165
Game Total: 65.5
Stream: Watch ESPN
Listen: California vs UCLA
Why Bet On #20 California to Beat UCLA (-3.5)
Cal had a bye week to consider what went wrong in an ugly first defeat.
UCLA’s defense has fallen apart. Although the defense stepped it up against Arizona’s high-powered offense in a 56 to 30 UCLA win a few weeks ago, the defense has been nothing but a liability for the offense lately. ASU pummeled UCLA for 38 points in a 23 to 38 Bruins loss two games ago. In their last game, UCLA’s defense pretty much lay down and waited to be kicked. Stanford absolutely demolished UCLA’s defense 56 to 35. It was an incredibly embarrassing loss for the Bruins.
It’s hard to imagine that California won’t put up points against the Bruins depleted defense this Thursday night. California’s offense is led by great QB Jared Goff. Goff did throw 5 interceptions in California’s last game, a 24 to 30 loss to Utah. But, Goff also threw for over 300 yards and he threw 2 touchdowns against the Utes. Utah is a top 5 ranked team. UCLA isn’t. California should be able to score over 40 points against the Bruins on Thursday night.
Why Bet On UCLA (-3.5) to Beat #20 California
Losing three in a row after opening the season 4-0 will kill their hopes of a Bowl Game.
It’s true that California is going to score a lot of points in this game. But, that doesn’t mean that UCLA is going to lose the game. The Bruins have the ability to put up points as well. In fact, against Stanford, the Bruins scored 35 points. UCLA also racked up 506 yards including averaging 5.8 yards per carry on the ground.
RB Paul Perkins was terrific against a very good Stanford defense. Perkins rushed for 104 yards and a TD on only 14 carries. If Perkins is able to establish some semblance of a rushing attack against California, UCLA might be able to manage its way to a win over the Golden Bears.
But, that could be a problem. California is so good at forcing teams into its style of play because it becomes very difficult to stop the Golden Bears from putting points on the board. In order to keep up with California on the scoreboard, UCLA will inevitably start passing the football.
That’s when things will go south for the Bruins. QB Josh Rosen has a bright future. Right now, he’s struggling. Rosen is completing less than 60% of his passes. He’s thrown 7 interceptions to only 12 touchdowns. Rosen has no chance of keeping up with Goff and the California passing attack.
I am picking the Cal Golden Bears to bet on to beat the UCLA Bruins. My final score prediction is California 51, UCLA 38.