UCLA came within a hair of upsetting Oregon as 18.5-point college football betting underdogs last week and will try to carry that momentum over into this week’s matchup against the Arizona Wildcats.
This time it’s the Bruins who are the NCAA odds favorites. Can UCLA cover the 10.5-point chalk? Or will Arizona pull off an upset of its own and end a nine-game losing streak that dates back to last season?
Let’s take a look at our best college football predictions for Arizona vs. UCLA, with kickoff scheduled for Saturday, November 28 at 8:00 ET at the Rose Bowl.
Arizona Wildcats at UCLA Bruins Betting Preview
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Arizona: Christain Young DB (Questionable), Dyelan Miller WR (Questionable), Nathan Tilford RB (Questionable).
UCLA: Dorian Thompson-Robinson QB (Questionable), Keegan Jones RB (Questionable), Martell Irby RB (Questionable), Kazmeir Allen RB (Questionable), Jaylen Erwin WR (Questionable), Delon Hurt WR (Questionable), Kain Medrano LB (Questionable).
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Betting Trend to Know
The favorite has been the side to back in this Pac-12 matchup over the years, with the team laying points going 9-3-1 in the last 13 meetings. Find more NCAA betting trends for Arizona vs. UCLA.
Against the Spread (ATS) Pick
If not for some untimely turnovers last week, UCLA likely would have pulled off the upset against Oregon last week. Now, can they carry the positives from that game over into this week’s matchup with Arizona?
Chase Griffin did an admirable job in stepping in for starting QB Dorian Thompson-Robinson, going 19-31 for 195 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. But it was the Bruins’ ground game that carried the offense last week. UCLA ran for 267 yards with Demetric Felton rumbling for 167 of them and two scores.
UCLA will go up against an Arizona defense that is really struggling through its first two games. The Wildcats are allowing over 200 yards on the ground and nearly 40 points per game.
The Wildcats offense has been OK with QB Grant Gunnell throwing for 545 yards with six touchdowns and one pick. But they are a little one-dimensional and aren’t getting a whole lot out of the running game at the moment.
It is unclear whether Thompson-Robinson will be available, but if he can play, he’ll add another dimension to the Bruins’ offense with his dual-threat ability. If not, UCLA will ride its run game to an easy victory.
PREDICTION: UCLA -10 (-110)
The Over/Under in this matchup is a nice and high 68, and for good reason. UCLA is putting up 37 points per game while giving up 32, and Arizona is scoring 28.5 per contest while allowing 39. But it may be a touch too high.
Arizona’s defensive numbers are ugly at this point, but we can give them a bit of a break considering they have played two of the three best teams in the Pac-12 in USC and Washington. And while the Wildcats’ pass offense has been solid, the UCLA pass rush has been excellent, and Jay Shaw looks like one of the best defensive backs in the country. We’re not saying this will be a defensive battle, but it should sneak Under the number.
PREDICTION: Under 69 (-110)
First Half Spread Pick
UCLA has gotten off to good starts this season, scoring a touchdown in the first quarter of all three of its games and is averaging 20.7 first-half points per contest. Arizona, on the other hand, is coming off a game where it was shut out for the first three quarters. Take the Bruins to head into the break with a slight lead.
PREDICTION: UCLA -4.5 (-130)
Arizona vs UCLA Betting Card
- UCLA -10.5 (-110)
- Under 69 (-110)
- UCLA -4.5 First Half Spread (-130)
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