The UCLA Bruins (3-5) host the Colorado Buffaloes (3-5) this weekend for a PAC-12 South matchup from Pasadena. Kickoff is set for 9:00 PM EST on November 2nd at Rose Bowl Stadium and the game will be televised on the PAC-12 Network.
Taking a look at the Week 10 college football odds, UCLA opened as a 5.5-point home favorite earlier this week. That spread hasn’t moved at all after early betting, as the Bruins are currently available at -5.5. The total for the game is sitting at 65 points.
Vegas Betting Preview & Game Odds: UCLA vs Colorado
Colorado lost their fourth straight game last Friday, falling 35-31 at home against USC to drop to 3-5 on the season overall. The Buffaloes held a 17-14 lead at the half but couldn’t hold on down the stretch, getting outscored 21-14 over the final two quarters of the game. QB Steven Montez played well, going 27/43 for 324 yards and three touchdowns through the air. He also chipped in on the ground, finding the end zone on one of his seven carries for 45 rushing yards. Laviska Shenault Jr. led the way for the receiving corps, exploding for 172 yards and a touchdown on a game-high nine receptions. As a whole, Colorado generated well over 500 total yards of offense and scored four touchdowns despite coming up just short on the scoreboard.
The Buffaloes didn’t have a very good outing on the other side of the ball against USC, surrendering over 525 total yards of offense and five touchdowns. Colorado got torched for a combined 260 yards and three touchdowns by the Trojans receiving duo of Michael Pittman Jr. and Tyler Vaughns.
UCLA won their second game in a row last weekend, beating Arizona State 42-32 at home to improve to 5-3 on the season overall. The Bruins scored 14 unanswered points in the second quarter and never looked back, and two more touchdowns after the half en route to a double-digit victory. QB Dorian Thompson-Robinson went 16/23 for 176 yards and two touchdowns while Joshua Kelley racked up a ridiculous 164 yards and four rushing touchdowns on the ground. Kyle Philips also chipped in, finding the end zone on one of his three catches for 39 yards. Overall, UCLA gained well over 350 total yards of offense and scored six touchdowns against a shell-shocked Sun Devils defense.
The Bruins weren’t that great defensively against Arizona State, surrendering almost 400 total yards of offense and four touchdowns. USC couldn’t find a way to slow down Sun Devils WR Frank Darby, as he posted a monstrous stat-line of 110 yards and two touchdowns on a team-high six receptions.
NCAA Football Betting Predictions & Free Pick: OVER 65
Even though I think that UCLA should find a way to win this game outright on Saturday evening, I’m really not seeing a ton of value with either side against the spread. The number looks pretty efficient to me overall, so I’m likely going to fade both teams against the spread in favor of the OVER on 65 total points scored. Both defenses have really struggled for the most part this season, as UCLA has given up 40+ points in three games this year already. Colorado has also really had a tough time trying to slow down opposing offences, surrendering 156 total points over just their last four games combined.
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It is also important to point out that both teams have been finding a lot of success offensively as of late, especially the Bruins who have recorded at least 31 points in three straight outings. The total has also gone OVER in six out of Colorado’s last nine games overall. On the other side, the OVER has also come through in four out of UCLA’s last five games overall as well as in six of their last seven meetings with PAC-12 opponents. I’m going to avoid both teams against the spread and roll with the OVER on 65 total points scored in what should be an entertaining, fast-paced matchup.