Colorado vs UCLA College Football Betting Tips and Predictions 11/2/2019
Saturday, November 2, 2019
Steven Montez and the Colorado Buffaloes are headed to Rose Bowl on Saturday where they'll meet the UCLA Bruins. The odds on this matchup have UCLA as 3.5-point favorites. The Buffaloes are 4-4-0 ATS and 5-3-0 when betting on the total. The Bruins are 4-4-0 when wagering on the over/under and 3-4-1 against the spread.
In their last outing, the Colorado Buffaloes faced the USC Trojans and took the defeat by a score of 35-31. Taking the lead at quarterback for the Buffaloes was Steven Montez who went 27/43 with 324 yards passing and threw 3 touchdowns. He ended the game without an interception. Alex Fontenot paced the team on the ground for that contest. He tore off a long run of 11 yards but wasn't able to convert a rushing touchdown. He rushed for a total of 57 yards by way of 16 carries which had him averaging 3.6 yards per carry. Laviska Shenault Jr. led the team in receiving yardage by earning 172 yards on 9 catches. He notched an average of 19.1 yards per reception for that contest. The Buffaloes rushed the ball a total of 34 times and totaled 196 yards which gave them an average of 5.8 yards per rush. Overall, the Buffaloes totaled 25 first downs and they had 13 penalties for 109 yards which shows us how undisciplined this team can be. Overall, they finished with a total of 77 plays which gave them a total of 520 yards. When it comes to their defensive performance, Colorado allowed 30 catches on 44 throws for a total of 406 yards, and a completion percentage of 68.2%. On the day, they allowed a total of 518 yards and forced 1 turnover. In the running game, the Buffaloes allowed 112 yards on 26 runs which gave them an average of 4.3 yards per rushing attempt allowed.
The Buffaloes head into this game 3-5 for this season. For total yards, they currently sit at 5th in the Pac-12 Conference and 42nd in college football with 3,374 yards. They are in the middle of the pack in regard to scoring in the nation averaging 27.1 points per contest, which has them at 80th in college football. As a unit, they have an average of 159.6 rushing yards per contest which is 6th in the Pac-12 Conference. The Buffaloes have one of the worst defenses in the nation, allowing 34.9 points per contest ranking them 11th in the conference. In regard to rushing yards, Colorado is giving up 160.3 yards per contest putting them 10th in the Pac-12 and 70th in Division 1. They are allowing teams to run for an average of 4.8 yards per carry which has them at 11th in the Pac-12 Conference and 99th in D-1 overall. Overall, they have conceded 1,282 rushing yards through 8 games. When it comes to passing yards, the Buffaloes have conceded 2,097 yards. Teams are completing 65% of the throws they are attempting against them and averaging 8.8 yards per attempt.
In their last game, the UCLA Bruins played the Arizona State Sun Devils and ended up getting the victory by a score of 42-32. Joshua Kelley paced the team on the ground for the game. He had a long run of 24 yards and he ran for 4 TD's for the game. He ran for 164 yards by way of 34 carries which gave him an average of 4.8 yards per run. Ethan Fernea led the team in receiving yardage by earning 45 yards on 3 receptions. He had an average of 15.0 yards per catch for the game. Taking the lead at quarterback for the Bruins was Dorian Thompson-Robinson who went 16/23 with 176 yards through the air and threw 2 TD's. He finished this contest without throwing a pick. The Bruins ran the ball 57 times and totaled 217 yards which had them averaging 3.8 yards per rushing attempt. In the game, they ran 80 plays which gave them a total of 393 yards. Overall, the Bruins racked up a total of 27 1st downs and they had a total of 9 penalties for 47 yards which shows us that this team didn't have their heads in this game. In terms of defense, UCLA allowed 20 catches on 29 attempts totaling 267 yards, and a completion percentage of 69.0%. In the game, they allowed a total of 383 yards and forced 1 turnover. In the running game, the Bruins allowed 116 yards on 28 tries which means they had an average of 4.1 yards per rushing attempt allowed.
The Bruins head into this matchup 3-5. In terms of offensive proficiency, the Bruins have one of the middle tier offenses in the country. UCLA has built a respectable ground game this year by averaging 167.1 yards on the ground per contest, ranking them 66th in Division 1. As a team, they have a total of 1,337 rushing yards through 8 contests, so they'll look to the run game to try to keep the opponents off balance so they'll have open receivers. The Bruins average 404 yards per contest overall putting them 69th in college football and 8th in the conference. The Bruins are conceding 34.3 points per game ranking them 10th in the conference and 115th in the nation. When it comes to points given up, they have given up 274 points in total. In regard to yards on the ground, they are allowing 143.4 yards per contest which puts them at 48th in the country and 5th in the Pac-12 Conference. This year, they have conceded a total of 1,147 rushing yards and 10.4 rushing touchdowns. Their pass defense is one of the least effective groups in D-1. They are allowing 306.8 passing yards per contest. For yards through the air allowed per game, the Bruins sit in 10th in the conference.
Who will win tonight's Buffaloes/Bruins college football game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Bruins -3.5
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