Golden Bears take on Bruins in Week 7 contest
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UCLA has represented the South Division in the first two Pac-12 championship games, and now stands as the favorite to win the South again this year.
The Bruins, after their win and cover at Utah last Thursday, are now 4-0 both SU and ATS this season, sit at No. 11 in the polls and have their first Heisman candidate in many a season in QB Brett Hundley.
UCLA next puts its goods on display when it hosts in-state rival Cal Saturday night at the Rose Bowl (10:30 pm ET, ESPN2).
In the early betting the Bruins, who might have revenge on their minds after getting upset by the Bears last year, were favored by 24 points over Cal, which is 1-4 SU and 0-5 ATS in its first five games under new head coach Sonny Dykes.
They battle the Golden Bears, currently with a 1-4 mark (0-5 ATS). The over under records, important for totals bettors, are 2-2 for the Bruins and 3-1-1 for the Golden Bears.
The Golden Bears were listed as 23-point underdogs on the opening NCAA football line at 5Dimes and most sportsbooks tracked by OddsShark. No total was available early in the week.
The Bruins - Golden Bears odds would favor the Bruins if the lines were set according to power ranks. UCLA is rated No. 11 in our latest OddsShark poll, while the Golden Bears sit at No. 101. Math models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 58-17 win for the Bruins.
Last time out for California, they were a 44-22 loser as they battled Washington State at home. California failed to cover in the match as a 1.5-point underdog, while 66 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. The Bruins grabbed a Week 6 victory over the Utes in their last game, winning 34-27 at Rice-Eccles Stadium.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up UCLA's No. 5-ranked offense (48 PPG) against a Golden Bears defense that ranks No. 124 at 45 PPG. The Bruins passing attack has averaged 302 yards per game, less than the Golden Bears give up through the air (304.2 YPG on average).
Defensively, the Golden Bears feature the league's No. 28-rated road run defense, allowing 113.5 yards per game. UCLA, meanwhile, ranks No. 10 in rushing offense at home.
A few Golden Bears at Bruins trends to consider:
California is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games
California is 1-9 SU in its last 10 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of California's last 7 games
UCLA is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games
UCLA is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 8 of UCLA's last 11 games
California at Oregon State, Saturday, October 19th
UCLA at Stanford, Saturday, October 19th