College Football Odds – (25) UCLA at Colorado

(25) UCLA at Colorado (+14, 68.5 o/u)

The once 4-0 UCLA Bruins (5-2, 2-2 Pac-12) have lost a great deal of respect from  college football pundits after dropping two straight games to Utah and Oregon and then struggling to get by Cal. Prior to the Utah game, UCLA was No. 8 in the nation. Now, they are barely clinging to the top 25. The Bruins will be looking for a convincing win over the Colorado Buffaloes (2-5, 0-4 Pac-12) when they clash today at Folsom Field in Boulder (at 2 p.m. Eastern).

(25) UCLA at Colorado (+14, 68.5 o/u)

The once 4-0 UCLA Bruins (5-2, 2-2 Pac-12) have lost a great deal of respect from  college football pundits after dropping two straight games to Utah and Oregon and then struggling to get by Cal. Prior to the Utah game, UCLA was No. 8 in the nation. Now, they are barely clinging to the top 25. The Bruins will be looking for a convincing win over the Colorado Buffaloes (2-5, 0-4 Pac-12) when they clash today at Folsom Field in Boulder (at 2 p.m. Eastern).

The focal point of UCLA’s offense is QB Brett Hundley. Hundley leads the nation in completion percentage at 72.5, and has 1,856 yards with 13 TDs and 4 INTs this season. Opponents know how dynamic the Junior pivot can be. Lately, instead of trying to stop Hundley, they are simply trying to contain him.

“Teams are going to make us take the 5- or 6-yard throws to go down the field, and that’s what we have seen a lot,” Hundley said.

“He’s just very, very explosive,” said Colorado coach Mike MacIntyre about Hundley. “The other thing is he’s just very, very accurate in the passing game. Even when you make him move his feet, he still is pretty accurate. So he makes it all go, there’s no doubt about it.”

The Buffaloes are still looking for their first win inside the PAC-12 this season; they have come up empty on four tries so far.  The Buffaloes only wins this year have come against two struggling programs: Hawaii (2-5) and UMass (2-6). The Buffs’ offense moves the ball well, especially through the air, averaging over 300 pass yards per game, and that trend is likely to continue this week against a UCLA defense that is just 101st in the nation against the pass, giving up 267 yards per contest.

However, keeping the Bruins off the board will be a monumental challenge for Colorado. The Buffaloes’ defense has been the team’s downfall all season. The unit ranks 121st in the nation in scoring, allowing 38.6 points per game. Don’t be surprised if Hundley and company raise that number this weekend.

UCLA is a 14-point favorite, and the over/under sits at 68.5 points.

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Frank Lorenzo

MTS co-founder Frank “Let It Ride” Lorenzo has been betting on sports since he was legally allowed to do so. (Did he do so before then, too? No comment.) He enjoys very strong coffee, neon lights, and passing on his wealth of betting knowledge to anyone who will listen.