The #5 overall Oklahoma Sooners (2-0) travel to Los Angeles in Week 3 to battle the UCLA Bruins (0-2). Kickoff is set for 8:00 PM EST on Saturday, September 14th at Rose Bowl Stadium and the game will be televised nationally on FOX.
Taking a look at the Week 3 college football odds, UCLA opened as a 20-point home underdog earlier this week. That line has shifted by half a point after early betting, as the Bruins are currently listed at +20.5. The total for the game is sitting at 73 points.
Vegas Betting Preview & Game Odds: UCLA vs Oklahoma
Oklahoma crushed South Dakota 70-14 at home in Week 2 to move to 2-0 overall on the season. The Sooners offense has now scored 119 points in just two games after beating Houston 49-31 in their home opener. QB Jalen Hurts went 14/18 for 259 yards and three touchdowns against the Coyotes while also averaging 5.9 yards per carry on the ground. RB Rhamondre Stevenson also had a very strong game, rushing for 104 yards and one touchdown despite having just six carries. Kennedy Brooks and Trey Sermon also both scored rushing touchdowns while the receiving duo of CeeDee Lamb and Jadon Haselwood combined for over 200 yards and another two scores. As a whole, Oklahoma racked up over 700 total yards of offense and nine touchdowns in the blowout win.
The Sooners defense was nearly perfect aside from giving up two touchdowns in the third quarter once the game was already out of reach. Oklahoma did have a little bit of trouble trying to contain WR Kody Case, as the speedy wideout hauled in six passes for 68 yards and a touchdown.
UCLA dropped to 0-2 on the season after losing their home opener 23-14 to San Diego State in Week 2. The Bruins fell behind early and could never recover, as their offense only gained 261 total yards and scored two touchdowns. QB Dorian Thompson-Robinson was solid but unspectacular, going 24/35 for 199 yards and a touchdown. He also had a rough day rushing the football, averaging negative yardage after getting tackled in the backfield several times. RB Joshua Kelley led the way on the ground, rushing for 53 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries. Greg Dulcich was the only player who found any real success through the air, hauling in three passes for 37 yards and one touchdown.
The Wildcats defense was pretty solid after surrendering 10-points in the first half, limiting Stanford to just seven points the rest of the way. However, they did get a bit of a break after Cardinal QB K.J. Costello was forced to leave the game after getting hit in the head at the very end of the second quarter.
NCAA Football Betting Predictions & Free Pick: Oklahoma -20.5
Even though the Bruins are playing at home on Saturday night, I don’t like their chances of being able to keep up to this high-flying Oklahoma offense. The Sooners are an absolute juggernaut on offense, while UCLA has struggled mightily over their first two games scoring just 14 points in back-to-back games. While Oklahoma has shown that they are susceptible to the pass at times, I don’t think the Bruins have enough depth at wide receiver to take advantage of it. Even though Houston was able to score 31 points against the Sooners in Week 1, their success on offense may not be able to be replicated considering how inefficient Thompson-Robinson has been with his throws over the last two weeks.
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It is also important to point out how poorly UCLA has performed against the spread so far in 2019, as they are 0-2 ATS this season. If this spread grows to 24+ before kickoff I might possibly reconsider taking the road favorite in this spot – but as it sits right now, I think the Sooners offer plenty of value. Jalen Hurts can easily score at least four touchdowns on his own against this Bruins defense while the Oklahoma defense should be able to keep UCLA under 20 points. Give me the Sooners to cruise to a victory on the road while also covering the spread!