College Football Pick: #7 UCLA Bruins at Virginia Cavaliers
- Updated: August 28, 2014
Matchup: #7 UCLA Bruins at Virginia Cavaliers
Date/Time: August 30, 12:00 p.m. ET
College Football Betting Odds From BetDSI Sportsbook
Spread: UCLA -21.5
The UCLA Bruins are projected to have a great season and many believe they have what it takes to make the college football playoffs. The UCLA Bruins are already receiving high praise as they have been anointed as the No. 7 ranked team in the AP 25 college football preseason poll. The Bruins schedule features a bevy of difficult teams and that is why it is very important to be focused and not look past weaker opponents like they face in week one.
The Bruins will go up against a Virginia Cavaliers team that just managed to get two wins last season. This is precisely why the odds makers at BetDSI have listed the Bruins as three touchdown favorites for this season opener. This point spread opened as high as (-23.5) and currently sits at the aforementioned (-21.5). The latest sports betting consensus reports show that just 51 percent of the early wagering is backing the Bruins. This is a bit surprising considering the fact that the Bruins have more athleticism and depth on both sides of the ball.
The glaring potential hurdle for the Bruins in this game is the travel. The Bruins will have to travel to the west coast and be prepared for an early start time. Jim Mora Jr. is one of the best coaches in the game and he will have his team prepared for this game. The Bruins also have some returning leaders on the field, starting with quarterback Brett Hundley who has the potential to make a run at the Heisman Trophy. This stability at the leadership positions will assist in the Bruins in preparation for the time change.
The Cavaliers do not plan to go down easy. Head coach Mike London has this team headed in the right direction and they have plenty of talent at the skill positions. Quarterback Greyson Lambert and talented tailback Kevin Parks will lead the offense. Parks tallied more than 1,000 yards rushing to go with his 11 touchdowns last season to lead the ACC in rushing. Senior Safety Anthony Harris is one of the team’s best players and the undisputed leader on defense. This team has enough talent to get more than three wins this season, but is overmatched against the Bruins.
The latest college football betting trends point to the Bruins covering the number in this game. The Bruins are 4-0 against the spread (ATS) in their last 4 non-conference games and 5-2 ATS in the last seven games. The Cavaliers are 2-9-1 ATS in their last 12 non-conference games and 3-11-2 ATS in their last 16 home games.
The Bruins will need a quarter or two to shake off the time change, but will pull away in the end for the big win.
College Football Picks: UCLA Bruins -21.5