The Arizona Wildcats will play their first game since head coach Mike Stoops was fired when they host the UCLA Bruins on Thursday night.
Arizona has won four straight games against UCLA and is 3-1 ATS over that stretch and they are favored by four points heading into this Pac 12 wagering event on Friday night.
Star quarterback Nick Foles threw for 378 yards in the losing effort at Oregon State earlier this month.
Betting Line: Oddsmakers opened the Wildcats as 3.5-point favorites in the game, while the betting total sat at 61.5 as of Tuesday at 5Dimes. The best Arizona point spread was at TopBet as of Tuesday.
Power Rankings / Prediction: It's a betting matchup between the No. 43-rated Wildcats and the No. 61-ranked Bruins, according to the NCAAF Power Rankings here at Odds Shark. Predictive-scoring models run on this game indicate a potential 24-21 result in favor of the Bruins.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Arizona's No. 69-ranked offense (27.3 PPG) against a Bruins defense that ranks No. 97 at 32.2 PPG. The Wildcats passing attack has averaged 383 yards per game, more than the Bruins give up through the air (231.8 YPG on average).
In comparing defenses, the Bruins own the league's No. 50-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 149.7 yards per game when on the road. Arizona, on the other hand, rates No. 117 this week in generating rushing yards at home.
Last time out for UCLA, they were a 28-25 winner as they battled Washington State at home. UCLA failed to cover in the match as a 4-point favorite, while 53 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors.
In their last action, Arizona was a 37-27 loser on the road against Oregon State. They failed to cover the 1.5–point spread as favorites, while the combined score (64) was profitable news for OVER bettors.
UCLA Bruins Trends:
When playing in October are 2-8
When playing on grass are 4-6
After being outgained are 5-5
When playing within the conference are 3-7
Arizona Wildcats Trends:
When playing in October are 5-5
When playing on grass are 3-7
After outgaining opponent are 5-5
When playing within the conference are 2-8
A few Bruins at Wildcats trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 7 of UCLA's last 10 games on the road
UCLA is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Arizona
UCLA is 4-9 SU in its last 13 games
UCLA is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Arizona
Arizona is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing UCLA
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Arizona's last 7 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 9 of Arizona's last 13 games
Arizona is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
UCLA home to California, Saturday, October 29
Arizona at Washington, Saturday, October 29