Check out the UCLA vs. Arizona fearless prediction and game preview.
UCLA (3-2) vs. Arizona State (4-1) Game Preview
Date: Saturday, Oct. 8
Game Time: 10:30 pm
Venue: Sun Devil Stadium, Tempe, AZ
Why UCLA Will Win
And welcome to the Brady White era.
The Arizona State freshman quarterback will step in for an injured Manny Wilkins – he suffered a leg injury against USC – and the results weren’t pretty last week. White struggled completing just 6-of-13 passes for 80 yards with a score against the Trojans, but now it’s his show to run. Can he keep pace with Josh Rosen and the suddenly-humming Bruin attack?
ASU is dead last in the nation in pass defense, getting roasted by Texas Tech and Cal to screw up the stats, and last week getting destroyed by USC’s Sam Darnold. Rosen has hit the 300-yard mark three times this year and is coming off his best performance, cranking up 350 yards and three scores against Arizona.
This has to be when the Bruins start to put it all together after an inconsistent first part of the season, and with a defense that’s been solid so far against good passing teams, and with the offense starting to click, this needs to be when they make a statement that they really are ready to go on a run.
Why Arizona State Will Win
UCLA is UCLA. It’s just as likely to come up with a puzzling all-around performance as it would a brilliant game like it did last week.
The running attack has yet to figure out how to get any of the backs going, failing to average more than four yards per carry in any game other than the win over UNLV win. It ran for three scores last week against Arizona, but they were set up by Rosen.
So how does ASU combat the UCLA passing game, and how does it get through starting a freshman quarterback?
This is when the ground attack has to start cranking it all up against a Bruin run D that struggled against the Stanford power and had issues with the Arizona speed. ASU can do a little of both, and that means the 1-2 rushing punch of Demario Richard and Kalen Ballage have to get hot early.
Neither one has gone off for a while – the O line isn’t getting the job done – but this is the week to try cranking it up. The pieces are there, and now the Sun Devils have to ground and pound.
The at least have to give it a try early on to keep Rosen off the field.
What’s Going To Happen?
The Sun Devils are just too banged up.
ASU will be plucky, and UCLA will have to work too hard, but it won’t have enough firepower.
The Bruins will force White to try winning the game, and while he’ll have his moments, a few key picks will change around the fight in the third quarter. Rosen will take over for a punchless UCLA running game with a 350-yard day.
UCLA vs. Arizona State Prediction
Final Score: UCLA 40, Arizona State 27
Line: UCLA -10, o/u: 59
ATS Confidence: 5: Served on a tee – 1: Not even with your $ … 3
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