UCLA Bruins vs Utah Utes Prediction, 10/30/2021 College Football Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: UCLA Bruins vs Utah Utes
Date: Saturday, October 30, 2021
Location: Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City, UT
Odds/Point Spread: Utes (-3)
The Utah Utes (4-3) host the UCLA Bruins (5-3) at Rice-Eccles Stadium on Saturday. UCLA opens this matchup as 3-point dogs from oddsmakers. The total is set at 61.
The UCLA Bruins head into this game 5-3 for this season. In their last matchup, the Bruins played the Oregon Ducks and took a loss by a score of 34-31. Zach Charbonnet was the rushing leader for the Bruins with 15 totes for 35 yds (2.3 yards per carry). Dorian Thompson-Robinson connected on 22/41 with 220 yards through the air and 1 TD. He had a quarterback rating of 101.9 and ended the game with 1 interception. On the ground, the Bruins conceded 121 yds on 24 attempts, which calculates to 5.0 yds per run surrendered. UCLA allowed 29 pass completions on 39 attempts for 296 yds, and a completion percentage of 74.4%. When the final whistle blew, they ran 91 plays for 352 yards. The UCLA Bruins rushed the ball a total of 45 different times and accumulated 110 yds, which had them averaging 2.4 yards per carry.
The Bruins have racked up 3,382 total yards for the season. When it comes to distribution of touchdowns, UCLA has amassed 14 passing touchdowns and 19 rushing touchdowns. They have turned the ball over 8 different times. UCLA has accrued 175 first downs as a team, and they have been flagged for 56 infractions for 586 yards. As a unit they maintain an average of 212.9 yards rushing ranking them 22nd in the country. In terms of scoring points, the UCLA Bruins are averaging 33.3 points per game.
The Bruins are sitting in 83rd in college football regarding team defense, allowing 26.3 points per game. Opposing teams are running for an average of 3.4 yards per rush and 98.5 rushing yards per contest on the campaign. Over the course of this season, they have allowed 788 yards via the ground game in 8 contests. When talking about passing yards, the Bruins have conceded 2,327 yards which ranks them 140th in D-1. They have given up 290.9 yards per game through the air in addition to conceding a completion percentage of 64.4%. During this campaign, they have yielded 389.4 yards per contest which ranks them 85th in college football. They have surrendered 13 touchdowns by air as well as 12 touchdowns via the ground game.
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The Utes come into this matchup with a record of 4-3 for this year. In their last game, the Utes took a defeat with a final score of 42-34 against the Oregon State Beavers. Cameron Rising (2 touchdowns) ended the contest with 267 yds on 22/36 passing while his quarterback rating was 141.7. He didn't toss any interceptions and his average yards per attempt was 7.4. Tavion Thomas carried the ball 21 times for 74 yds, ending the game with 3.5 yards per attempt for Utah. Utah ended up running for 4.6 yds per attempt, finishing the contest with 188 yds on 41 carries. The Utes ended up finishing with 455 yards while they ran 77 plays (5.9 yards per play). The Utes pass defense allowed a completion rate of 73.7%, surrendering 208 yds on 14 out of 19 through the air. Utah surrendered 41 rushing attempts for 260 yds (6.3 yds per carry).
When it comes to their ability to score points, the Utes rank 43rd in Division 1 holding an average of 31.9 points per game. For the year so far, the Utes have thrown for a total of 1,623 yards through the air in addition to an average of 231.9 passing yards per outing, putting them at 70th in the nation. The Utah Utes hold an average of 409.3 yards/game, which is good for 63rd in the country. The Utah offense has accrued 271 penalty yards on 30 infractions, which has them ranked 123rd in the country in terms of making mistakes.
The Utes are allowing 25.4 PPG, which has them sitting 79th in college football. Utah has given up a total of 1,055 yards on the ground (150.7 yards per outing) as well as 7 touchdowns by way of the ground game so far this year. Over the course of the season, they have conceded 178 pts. They have surrendered 12 touchdowns through the air and 214.3 yards/game, which has them in 62nd in D-1. The Utes defense has taken the field for 482 plays, ranking them 62nd in the nation.
Who will win tonight's Bruins/Utes college football game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Bruins +3
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