Fresno State Bulldogs vs UCLA Bruins Prediction, 9/18/2021 College Football Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Fresno State Bulldogs vs UCLA Bruins
Date: Saturday, September 18, 2021
Location: Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA
Odds/Point Spread: Bruins (-10)
The Fresno State Bulldogs (2-1) are on their way to Rose Bowl on Saturday where they will try to defeat the UCLA Bruins (2-0). UCLA opens this contest as 10-point favorites from oddsmakers. The total comes in at 61.
The Fresno State Bulldogs come into this game with a record of 2-1 for this season. The last time they stepped onto the field, the Bulldogs played against the Cal Poly Mustangs and notched a win by a score of 63-10. Jake Haener connected on 17/22 with 380 yds passing and 4 touchdowns. He had a quarterback rating of 282.4 and finished the contest without throwing a pick. Ronnie Rivers was the best rusher for the Bulldogs with 14 carries for 64 yards (4.6 yds per carry). The Fresno State Bulldogs ran the ball 38 different times and totaled 196 yards, which came out to an average of 5.2 yards per tote. In all, they ran 67 plays which totaled 671 yds. Fresno State relinquished 19 pass completions on 37 attempts for a total of 221 yds, and a completion percentage of 51.4%. In the running game, the Bulldogs conceded 53 yards on 35 tries, which is 1.5 yds per rush surrendered.
The Bulldogs have tallied 914 total yards this season. In terms of distribution of touchdowns, Fresno State has earned 5 touchdowns through the air and 2 touchdowns via the ground. Fresno State has accrued 48 1st downs, and they have been hurt by 15 infractions for 144 yds. As a unit they average 78.0 yards in the run game giving them a rank of 108th in Division 1. When it comes to getting in the endzone, the Fresno State Bulldogs are averaging 44.0 points per outing.
When it comes to yards through the air, the Bulldogs are allowing 244 yds which ranks them 34th in Division 1. They have surrendered 81.3 yards per outing through the air in addition to giving up a completion percentage of 53.9%. During the season, they are conceding 155.0 yards per outing which puts them 22nd in the country. The opposition is running for an average of 2.8 yards per running attempt and 73.7 yards on the ground per contest so far this season. During this campaign, they have allowed 221 rushing yards through 3 games. The Bulldogs sit in 44th in Division 1 when it comes to team defense, allowing 13.7 PPG.
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The Bruins step onto the field holding a record of 2-0 this season. The last time they took the field, the Bruins got the victory with a final of 38-27 when they faced the LSU Tigers. Brittain Brown ran the ball 17 times for 96 yards, finishing the contest with 5.6 yds per carry for UCLA. Dorian Thompson-Robinson (3 TDs) finished the game with 260 yards on 9/16 through the air while his quarterback rating was 242.1. He had 1 interception and his average yards per attempt was 16.3. UCLA allowed 25 attempts on the ground for 49 yds (2.0 yds per rush). The Bruins pass defense allowed a completion percentage of 56.5%, relinquishing 330 yds on 26 for 46 through the air. The Bruins finished the game with 483 yards and they ran 59 plays (8.2 yards per play). UCLA rushed for 5.2 yards per tote, finishing the game with 223 yds on 43 carries.
In terms of this team's ability to score points, the Bruins currently sit 24th in Division 1 holding an average of 41.0 points per game. Over the course of the season thus far, the Bruins have a total of 408 passing yards as well as holding an average of 204.0 passing yards per game, ranking them 64th in college football. The UCLA Bruins have an average of 437.5 yards per outing, which has them sitting 37th in D-1. The UCLA offense has totaled 158 penalty yards on 15 violations, which ranks 21st in college football in terms of making mistakes.
UCLA has yielded a total of 75 yards on the ground (37.5 yards/game) and 0 TDs rushing on the season. They have conceded 4 touchdowns through the air in addition to 286.5 yards/outing, which has them in 134th in D-1. The Bruins defense has participated in 145 plays, which has them sitting 116th in D-1. The Bruins are surrendering 18.5 points per game, which has them ranked 61st in the country. Overall, they have surrendered 37 points in total.
Who will win tonight's Bulldogs/Bruins college football game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Bulldogs +10
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