Friday Night Lights: Utah to Dominate Bruins in Post-Homecoming Letdown

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Mark Lathrop

Wednesday, October 24, 2018 12:13 PM UTC

Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018 12:13 PM UTC

Our NCAAF handicapper is coming off yet another overall winning week with his social media plays taking him over the top. Here he touches on every game played on this great 5-pack of Friday night matchups.

2018 NCAAF Record: 22-14, +12.34u

*Note: Record includes official Twitter selections (@mlathrop3)

Utah Utes (5-2 SU) at UCLA Bruins (2-5 SU)Friday, 10:30 p.m EST (ESPN)Free NCAAF Pick: Utah -10Best Line Offered: 5Dimes

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Utah looks to stay in the Top 25 this week as they host Chip Kelly and the 2-5 UCLA Bruins. The Utes took care of business at home over the last two weeks with convincing SU and ATS wins over Arizona and USC. They are unquestionably the healthier team coming into this game with the injury list for UCLA growing by the day. Listed as questionable is UCLA’s quarterback, Dorian Thompson-Robinson, and maybe that isn’t the worst thing with Thompson-Robinson only having a 6/3 TD/INT ratio over his first seven games. If he is out former Michigan Wolverine, senior Wilton Speight, will take the snaps for the Bruins. Speight has a 124.5 QBRating on the year.

UCLA was dominated by Arizona statistically in their win against Arizona last week, and more should be in store here. Utah averages a healthy 6 yards per play and 30.3 points per game on offense this season, while holding opponents to just 4.3 yards per play and 17.7 points per game. Utah is also ranked number 1 in the nation in defending the run, which should help them against a UCLA team playing with their 2nd choice at quarterback. I’ll back Utah and lay the chalk as one of my Friday night picks.

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The Bruins got the homecoming victory & celebrated in style at the @RoseBowlStadium. #GoBruins pic.twitter.com/LftE5eihY3

— UCLA Football (@UCLAFootball) October 21, 2018
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Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (5-2 SU) @ Florida Atlantic Owls (3-4 SU), 6:30 p.m. EST, CBS Sports Network

Florida Atlantic looks to stay perfect at home in this game where they have been fantastic on offense with 44.7 points per game. The Owls look to be overvalued by the markets with a 1-6 SU record, and the hook at -3.5 looms large in this matchup with the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs.

Miami Hurricanes (5-2 SU) @ Boston College Eagles (5-2), 7 p.m. EST, ESPN

In the first ESPN game of the Friday night slate, we have a pair of 5-2 teams that are on the outside looking in for rankings. A win here makes either team bowl eligible, although both teams have cupcakes on their early season schedule. Boston College’s road loss to Purdue doesn’t look too bad this week, while Miami is in just their 3rd road game of the year. Don’t be surprised if Boston College keeps this one very close, if not outright wins this game.

Indiana Hoosiers (4-4 SU) @ Minnesota Golden Gophers (3-4 SU), 8 p.m. EST, Fox Sports 1

In this contest of “teams without football mascot names,” the Hoosiers face a Golden Gopher team looking to get their first road win of the season. Minnesota’s status as a home dog is solidified by the quarterback’s Zack Annexstad’s questionable availability on Friday night. Solid lean toward Indiana here.

Wyoming Cowboys (2-6 SU) @ Colorado State Rams (3-5 SU), 10 p.m. p.m. EST, CBS Sports Network

A reeling Wyoming team hits the road to play in another high-altitude site in Fort Collins, Colorado. I’m expecting the fact that Wyoming allows a 63.8% completion percentage to be a problem against Colorado State as they’ve averaged 373 passing yards per game at home this year. Once Wyoming struggled against Wofford at home I knew that they were a fade for the rest of the season. Back Colorado State here.

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