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Wildcats open as underdog vs Bruins

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With two losses each in conference play the Arizona Wildcats and UCLA Bruins can't afford another defeat if they hope to represent the South Division in the Pac-12 championship game.

So one team will probably fall out of contention when the 6-2 Bruins and 6-2 Wildcats hook up in Tuscon Saturday night.

Both teams, at 3-2 in conference play, trail first-place Arizona State by a game in the South.

Arizona had won five in a row in this series, but last year UCLA clobbered the 'Cats 66-10 at the Rose Bowl.

As of early this week the Bruins were favored by one point over Arizona.

They battle the Bruins, currently with a 6-2 mark (5-3 ATS). The over under records, important for totals bettors, are 3-5 for the Wildcats and 3-5 for the Bruins.

View UCLA Bruins vs Arizona Wildcats Odds and Stats.

Those siding with the visitors in this one saw the Bruins listed as -2.5-point favorites earlier this week at Bovada. Meanwhile, the over under line was unavaiilable earlier in the week.

It's a betting matchup between the No. 37-rated Wildcats and the No. 26-ranked Bruins, according to the NCAAF Power Rankings here at Odds Shark. Predictive-scoring models run on this game indicate a potential 43-41 result in favor of the Wildcats.

Ka'Deem Carey tore up the turf for 152 rushing yards in the latest Wildcats game, a 33-28 win over the Golden Bears at California Memorial Stadium.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Arizona's No. 33-ranked offense, averaging 35.88 PPG, against a Bruins defense that ranks No. 36 this week at 22.5 PPG. The Wildcats aerial game is averaging 187.75 yards per game, less than the Bruins secondary allows through the air, 217.25 YPG per game.

Defensively, the Bruins feature the league's No. 77-rated road run defense, allowing 186 yards per game. Arizona, meanwhile, ranks No. 13 in rushing offense at home.

A few Bruins at Wildcats trends to consider:
UCLA is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of UCLA's last 5 games
UCLA is 7-15 SU in its last 22 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of UCLA's last 5 games on the road
Arizona is 2-3-1 ATS in its last 6 games
Arizona is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Arizona's last 6 games
Arizona is 2-3-1 ATS in its last 6 games at home

Next up:
UCLA at Washington, Friday, November 15th
Arizona at Washington State, Saturday, November 16th