11th-ranked Arizona beat in-state rival Northern Arizona senseless in their Week 3 matchup and will head into their Pac-12 opener against UCLA coming off the best offensive performance in school history.
The 26th-ranked Arizona Wildcats set school marks for points, total offense and rushing yards by scoring the game’s final 63 points in a commanding 77-13 win over Northern Arizona on Saturday night.
My UCLA Bruins Vs Arizona Wildcats Betting Tips
What: No. 9 UCLA Bruins (3-0) at No. 16 Arizona Wildcats (3-0)
When: Saturday, Sept 26th, 2015
Kickoff: 8:00 PM ET
Where: Tucson, AZ
Stadium: Arizona Stadium
Weather: 97 °F/Scattered Clouds
Spread: UCLA -3.5
Moneyline: UCLA -155 vs Arizona +135
Game Total: 65.5
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"It will be nice to talk about for a day," said Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez, whose team plays host to the 10th-ranked Bruins on Saturday night. "After tomorrow’s film, other than corrections, we’ll be moving on for sure."
Quarterback Anu Solomon completed 25 of 35 passes for 285 yards and four touchdowns, while backup, Jarrard Randall added a 72-yard run on his first snap and then a 73-yard scoring run in the fourth quarter.
"They were more talented and they had a lot of depth in many areas," Northern Arizona coach Jerome Souers said. "And that showed in the second half when we started to wear out."
The Bruins have dominated their recent rivalry with Arizona, beating the Wildcats in each of the past three seasons.
Arizona (3-0) set three school records in the win, including a school record for points (77), total yards (792) and rushing yards (499).
UCLA snuck past a game BYU team in Week 3 to remain unbeaten, winning a thriller of a contest 24-23 despite failing to cover the spread as a whopping 16.5-point home favorite.
Junior running back Paul Perkins had a monster game to lead UCLA to victory over No. 19 BYU. Perkins rushed 26 times for a career-high 219 yards and one touchdown for the Bruins (1-0), who rallied from a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter.
"We had to overcome a lot to win that game tonight — a lot of adversity," UCLA coach Jim Mora said. "It starts with a very good BYU team that played physical and tough and gave us all we could handle."
How To Bet This Game:
52 percent of the betting public likes Arizona to get the ATS cover in this contest and I agree, except that I say the Wildcats will cover by recording the outright home win to extract a small measure of revenge for losing to the Bruins 17-7 last season.
I know the Bruins are 5-2-1 ATS in their last eight games, but Arizona has gone 4-1 ATS in their last five games following an SU win and I believe they’re going to get the narrow SU win and accompanying ATS cover.
The home team in this series is 9-3 ATS in the last dozen meetings between these rivals while UCLA has gone 1-5 ATS in their last six road games against the Wildcats.
While 64 percent of the betting public likes the Over 64 total points in this contest, I don’t agree, seeing as how the Under has gone 5-2-1 in the last eight meetings between these longtime Pac-12 rivals when they meet in Arizona and 5-2 in the last seven meetings overall.
To summarize, I am picking Arizona to beat UCLA as the smart bet. My final score prediction is UCLA 28, Arizona 31.