UCLA vs Colorado Picks

Sat Sep 24 2:00PM

UCLA Bruins vs Colorado Buffaloes Recap for September 24th, 2022, 2:00PM ET

UCLA is playing Colorado at the Folsom Field stadium on Saturday, 9/24/2022 @ 2:00pm EST. UCLA -21 was the opening favorite and line hasn't moved.

AP Top-10 and national championship conversation restored by Lincoln Riley, a Hollywood star. With a 16th-best attack in the nation and Dorian Thompson-Robinson's lethal play, Chip Kelly's offense is humming at UCLA. The offense is still fast with Kelly's well-known plan. The Bruins have the ball 51% of the time, running 80 plays a game, and have the ball the 14th-best in Time of Possession percentage. In Bill McGovern's first year at UCLA, the Bruins rank 48th in scoring defense and 17th in total defense.

In spite of this, last week they almost lost to a Sun Belt team. Three of the schools in the SBC have beaten three Power 5 teams this year, but even though UCLA looked good in warm-up games with Bowling Green and Alabama State, it was narrowly defeated by South Alabama, 32–31. Bruins beat Jaguars by nine unanswered points in the fourth, and the game-winning field goal barely skimmed in at the buzzer won the game. PAC-12 play? Who knows, but the Bruins' rushing defense was vulnerable, with La'Damian Webb rushing for 124 yards. Things to work on, but they still enter conference play as road favorites.

Colorado football is a disaster. The defense is ranked 119th, while the offense is ranked 127th. A total of 131 FBS teams will be in the Sun Belt starting in 2022, and Colorado is one of the worst. The post-Mel Tucker era in Boulder hasn't been fun for anyone. They have won eight games since Tucker left for East Lansing in 2019, but in the weird, shortened COVID year, they actually went to a bowl game after a 4-1 regular season, but lost to Texas. The senior class that earned a trip to the Alamo Bowl hasn't had consistency due to the fact that Karl Dorrell has had four coordinators in three years.

It is ranked 89th for rush offense, 117th in total offense, and 124th for scoring offense with 10 points per game. There are no immediate comparisons to explain how inadequate that is. Perhaps Iowa won the game against South Dakota State with defense and punting. The Buffs are historically bad on defense. They are 107th in allowing 466.7 yards per game. To TCU, Air Force, and Minnesota, they have also allowed 42.7 points per game, the 117th best. One of those schools is a military academy, so they are playing an experienced UCLA offense with DTR at quarterback and Chip Kelly calling plays. 

BETTING PREDICTION: The Buffs better buckle up for a beat down. With defensive rankings in the 100s and offensive rankings in the 127th, the Buffaloes can't stop anyone. They have the worst defensive rankings in the country, too. Chip Kelly's highly rated offense isn't USC, but it'll look like it as it rolls into Boulder and covers the 20.5-point spread behind the experience and system built around UCLA QB Dorian Thompson-Robinson and covers the 20.5-point spread. 

UCLA vs Colorado Picks & Predictions:

  • From the lines set by Sportsbooks, they predict the score to be UCLA 8, COLO 50.
  • The SportsJaw community predictsUCLA Bruins to cover(53%)
  • OddsShark predicts California-Los Angeles will win, cover the spread, and the total will go under.
  • 53% on Covers pick Colorado +21.
  • Our ScoreCaster predicts Bruins 50 to Buffaloes 9.

UCLA is ranked #26 in offense, #23 in defense and are ( ATS) in their games. Colorado Buffaloes are #127 for offense, #110 for defense and ( ATS) . UCLA went 1-2 (1-2 ATS) in their last 3 matchups against Colorado.

Betting on UCLA Bruins -21

  • California-Los Angeles are 4-2 ATS in their last 6 games.
  • The total has gone OVER in 6 of California-Los Angeles' last 8 games.
  • California-Los Angeles are 6-0 SU in their last 6 games.
  • California-Los Angeles are 3-6 ATS in their last 9 games against Colorado.

Betting on Colorado Buffaloes +21

  • 2-4 ATS in their last 6 games.
  • 1-5 SU in their last 6 games.
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Colorado's last 6 games against California-Los Angeles.
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Colorado's last 7 games at home.

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Written by SportsJaw Staff
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Social predictions and betting insights on the UCLA vs Colorado matchup.

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every season there are a few teams that you can fade week in and week out to make an overall profit on the season colorado is one of them. they maybe 1-2 ats but if you caught the numbers early like i did then they'd be 0-3. Sure they might beat a spread every now and then but if you fade colorado every game you are guaranteed a profit for the year

My UCLA vs Colorado predictions

UCLA -21.5 (-110)

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Won 90% of last 10 NCAAF predictions

The only way UCLA loses this game is if Chip Kelly tells his team to purposefully fumble the ball multiple times on their own goal line. The fact of the matter is that Colorado will be competing for the coveted title of worst power five team this year, and while UCLA isn’t a national championship contender by any means, they are going to beat the brakes off of the Buffs. I wouldn’t even be surprised to see some names from lower on the depth chart get into a conference game for the Bruins. UCLA averaged 6.1 yards per play against south Alabama, who are far superior to the Buffs. Colorado’s closest loss was by 25 points to TCU, and most recently lost 41-10 against Air Force in which they gained a total of 162 yards.

Prediction: UCLA wins and covers easily here as this iteration of Colorado may be the worst team the PAC-12 has ever seen.

My UCLA vs Colorado predictions

UCLA -21.5 (-110)

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