College Football Pick: UCLA vs. Arizona

Jeff Grant

Wednesday, November 6, 2013 1:18 PM GMT

Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013 1:18 PM GMT

The UCLA Bruins haven’t picked up a victory in Tucson in the past decade, but things may change when taking on the Arizona Wildcats Saturday night. Where have we decided to place our money for this matchup?

Let’s take a closer look at the college football odds for this Pac-12 Conference showdown at Arizona Stadium, with the opening kickoff scheduled for 10:00 p.m. ET on ESPN.

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Back on track

UCLA snapped a two-game losing streak by picking up a 45-23 victory over the Colorado Buffaloes as 30-point home favorites last Saturday, while going OVER the total for the first time in five contests.  

Bruins quarterback Brett Hundley should be able to get his teammates motivated for this affair, as his dad attended Arizona and was on the football team as a running back in the mid-1980’s.

Back in town

Arizona will enter this game having played just one home game over the previous 54 days, as it looks to win four Pac-12 contests in a row for the first time since 1998, as it comes off a 33-28 victory over the California Golden Bears as 14-point home favorites in Week 10.

The Wildcats are 4-4 SU/ATS as home underdogs three points or less in their last eight opportunities, with no clear edge in terms of the betting total (4-4 Over/Under).

Dominating the division

College football handicappers need to take a long look at the road favorite in this matchup, considering the Bruins are 7-0 SU against Pac-12 South foes under second-year head coach Jim Mora.

UCLA picked up a 66-10 blowout win over Arizona as 2.5-point home favorites in last year’s meeting—winning the statistical battle by a 611-257 margin.

Carey

There’s no question that Wildcats running back Ka’Deem Carey is one of the more dynamic offensive players in the country, as he has 100-plus yards rushing in 11 consecutive games dating back to 2012.

Arizona will need to rely on him in hopes of improving head coach Rich Rodriguez’ 2-5 SU record against ranked teams during his time on campus.

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Prediction

I’m going to recommend that readers back the Bruins for their college football pick, as the favorite has covered the number in the last six overall meetings in this series.

NCAAF Pick: UCLA Bruins -1.5

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