UCLA Bruins vs. Arizona Wildcats: Game Preview and Prediction
The Thursday night college football game for this week features the UCLA Bruins vs. Arizona Wildcats in a battle of two Pac-12 teams.
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The latest college football spread for this game as Arizona listed as three point favorites at home against the Bruins. This line opened at 3.5 and has leveled off to 3 even at several offshore sportsbooks. This is a bit interesting considering that 62% of the early money is coming in on Arizona, which would usually indicate a line move in the other direction.
Arizona has a bad record on the season and will be going through some changes. They have lost ten straight games and are coming off a bad loss to Oregon State. The Beavers are not a very good team and they handed it to the Wildcats sending this team to a spiral. Now they are at home under the national television spotlight with a chance to get a big win and grab some redemption. Quarterback Nick Foles is one of the few bright spots on this team and is an excellent field general. Now his goal will be to lead his team to a win over UCLA on ESPN.
UCLA enters this game off of a big win over the Cougars, in a game that they needed to rally to get the victory. Junior quarterback Kevin Prince will go up against the Wildcats looking to string together victories. Senior wide receivers are the core of this offense and were the reason that the Bruins came from behind in the last game. Sophomore WR Shaquelle Evans scored the big one, but they are deep at the position and will be a tough cover for the Wildcats defense.
The Bruins have struggled in Tucson and have failed to cover the number in the last four outings. In fact the Bruins have a bevy of sports betting trends against them in this game. The home team is 6-2 against the spread in the last eight games and 1-11 ATS in their last 12 games in October. The Bruins are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games as a road underdog and 0-4 against the number in the last four Thursday games.
The Wildcats are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games following a bye week and will have plenty of time to prepare for this contest. The Wildcats need a win and will be fired up for this game since they will get the national stage. Take the Wildcats at home, dropping the small number.
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