Bowling Green Falcons vs UCLA Bruins Prediction, 9/3/2022 College Football Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Bowling Green Falcons vs UCLA Bruins
Date: Saturday, September 3, 2022
Location: Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA
Odds/Point Spread: Bruins (-3)
The Bowling Green Falcons (4-8 last season) are en route to Rose Bowl on Saturday where they will attempt to defeat the UCLA Bruins (8-4 last year). Bowling Green opens this contest as 3-point underdogs. The over/under has been set at 55.5.
The Bowling Green Falcons wrapped up their year with a 4-8 record. In their last contest, the Falcons went up against the Ohio Bobcats and went home with a win by a final score of 21-10. Matt McDonald connected on 24/37 with 255 yds passing and 1 TD. He had a QB rating of 131.7 and finished the game without throwing an interception. Nick Mosley led the offense in rushing for the Falcons with 15 totes for 35 yards (2.3 yds per carry). Once the final whistle blew, they tallied 80 plays which gave them a total of 349 yards. The Bowling Green Falcons ended up rushing 43 times and recorded 94 yards, which is an average of 2.2 yds per attempt. Against the run, the Falcons gave up 120 yds on 28 tries, which is an average of 4.3 yds per rush allowed. Bowling Green surrendered 12 pass completions on 24 tries for a total of 103 yards, and a completion percentage of 50.0%.
Concerning scoring, the Bowling Green Falcons held an average of 21.4 points per game. As a unit they maintained an average of 103.5 yards rushing, which was 119th in the country. The Falcons earned 3,820 total yards over the course of last season. Bowling Green amassed 12 touchdowns through the air and 16 touchdowns via the ground. Bowling Green tallied 187 1st downs as an offense, and they committed 96 infractions for 858 yds. They gave the ball to the opposition 17 times.
The Falcons were sitting in 98th in Division 1 concerning team defense, giving up 30.7 points per game. They gave up an average of 4.2 yards per rush and 187.5 rushing yards per game over the course of last season. During the season, they conceded 2,250 rushing yards through 12 contests. Regarding yards via the pass, the Falcons gave up 2,236 yards which had them sitting in 4th in Division 1. In their 12 games, they gave up 186.3 yards per contest via the pass and allowed a completion percentage of 58.4%. They gave up 373.8 yards per contest which put them 61st in Division 1. They gave up 16 passing touchdowns and 30 rushing touchdowns.
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The Bruins wrapped up their season with a 8-4 record. When they last stepped on the field, the Bruins took home the win by a final score of 42-14 against the California Golden Bears. Dorian Thompson-Robinson (3 touchdowns) ended the game with 164 yds on 19/28 through the air while his quarterback rate was 152.4. He didn't throw any picks and his average yards per pass attempt was 5.9. Zach Charbonnet ran the ball 22 times for 106 yds, ending the game with 4.8 yds per carry for UCLA. UCLA rushed the ball for 6.4 yds per carry, totaling 282 yds on 44 attempts. The Bruins finished the contest with a total of 446 yards while running 72 plays (6.2 yards per play). The Bruins pass defense conceded a completion percentage of 51.6%, surrendering 125 yards on 16 for 31 passing. UCLA allowed 32 run attempts for 92 yds (2.9 yds per carry).
Concerning this team's ability to score points, the Bruins ranked 13th in the country maintaining an average of 36.5 points per contest. Last year, the Bruins earned 2,714 yards through the air as well as averaging 226.2 passing yards per contest, giving them a rank of 69th in Division 1. The UCLA Bruins averaged 445.8 yards per outing, which was good for 24th in D-1. The UCLA offense compiled 820 penalty yds on 86 infractions, which was 38th in the nation in terms of helping out the other team.
The Bruins allowed 26.8 points per game, which had them ranked 74th in D-1. UCLA yielded a total of 1,522 yards via the ground game (126.8 yards/game) as well as 24 touchdowns via the rush last season. In total, they gave up 322 total points. They conceded 16 touchdowns through the air in addition to 260.2 yards per outing, which had them in 108th in college football. The Bruins defense was on the field for 838 plays, which had them ranked 51st in Division 1.
Who will win tonight's Falcons/Bruins college football game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Falcons +3
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