College Football Pick: Washington vs. UCLA

Jeff Grant

Tuesday, November 12, 2013 9:07 PM GMT

The UCLA Bruins and Washington Huskies are two of the more talented teams in the Pac-12, as they prepare to meet up in a primetime affair Friday. Our handicapper shows us the most profitable college football odds for our sports picks.

Let’s take a closer look at the college football betting odds for this matchup at the Rose Bowl, with the opening kickoff scheduled for 9:00 p.m. ET on ESPN2.

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Back on track

Washington has won two in a row since suffering through a three-game losing streak, as it comes off a 59-7 blowout win over the Colorado Buffaloes as 30-point home favorites last Saturday.

The Huskies won the statistical battle by a triple-digit margin in both of their recent victories, including a combined 319-yard edge on the ground.

Over the last two-plus seasons, the program is 5-4 SUATS in Weeks 10 through 13, with the UNDER going 5-4 in that situation.

Quite a victory

UCLA came away with its first win in Tucson since 2003, as it tallied a 31-26 victory over the Arizona Wildcats as 1.5-point underdogs, while going UNDER the betting total for the fifth time in six contests.

The Bruins have compiled a solid 10-5 record against Pac-12 opponents under second-year head coach Jim Mora, as he prepares to face his alma mater for the first time.

Ground and pound

College football handicappers need to take a long look at the Huskies, considering running back Bishop Sankey ranks third nationally in gaining 145 yards per game on the ground, while the team has committed just nine turnovers.

Washington also has 37 players that have started at least one game since arriving on campus, including eight at offensive line—an important position in a matchup that figures to be physical in nature.

Hundley

There’s no doubt that Brett Hundley is one of the best signal-callers in the country, as he’s tallied 10 career 300-yard passing performances during his time in Westwood, while throwing at least one scoring pass in 22 of 23 games.

UCLA has also won 12 of its last 17 games—with the setbacks coming against Oregon, Stanford (3) and Baylor.

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Prediction

I’m going to recommend that readers back the Huskies for their college football picks, as the Pac-12 Conference has been all about when you play a particular opponent during the 2013 campaign.

Washington is 5-1 ATS in its last six November games, while UCLA is 8-8-1 ATS in its last 17 opportunities as a home favorite of three points or less.

College Football Pick:  Washington Huskies +3