UCLA Bruins at Utah Utes: Preview and Pick
8 Replies | 382 ViewsOn 09/29/2013 11:24 AM in NCAA Football
The Thursday night football college football schedule will feature the Pac 12 conference this week. The UCLA Bruins will look to maintain their unblemished record as they travel to Salt Lake City to take on the Utah Utes who are fresh off a win against their rivals, the BYU Cougars.
UCLA Bruins at Utah Utes Odds
The college football odds for this game opened up with the Bruins as road favorites. The bruins opened up as (-3) point favorites and as expected the early money and wagering is coming in on the Bruins at 88%. The Utes are a lively home dog although they are not getting any love from the public early wagering. This line can now be found at (-3.5) at most of the top rated online sportsbooks.
This is a very unique game because both teams enter this game off a bye week. It is highly unusual to have a bye week this early in the season, but it is very useful to both squads.
The Utes have had less than two weeks to prepare for the toughest 4-week stretch they’ve ever faced. The gamut starts with the game this week against No. 13 UCLA, followed by a visit from No. 5 Stanford, then road trips to Arizona and USC. It is a daunting schedule, particularly for a team that has started 0-4 in league play in each of the last two seasons. The Bruins welcomed the bye week with such a young team.
The continuity on the staff should allow for improvement and growth. It's been the first time in seemingly a decade where UCLA returned both the offensive coordinator and defensive coordinator in the same season. Without constant coaching changes, the units can better gel and become more advanced in the said schemes being employed.
Secondly, UCLA played 15 true freshmen in the contest. The high amount of freshmen played shows credence to the notion that the class is incredibly talented.
The latest college football betting trends reveal some interesting betting angles for this game. The total has gone over in 4 of UCLA's last 5 games on the road and the total has gone over in 6 of Utah's last 7 games at home. Utah is 18-7 straight up in its last 25 games at home and the Bruins are just 6-13 straight up in its last 19 games on the road.
UCLA Bruins at Utah Utes Pick
With plenty of time before kickoff we will wait for more information to come in before we select a side on this contest. Make sure to check back on the day of the game to see who we select as our winner for this big game.