Check out the UCLA vs. Colorado fearless prediction and game preview.
UCLA (3-5) vs. Colorado (6-2) Game Preview
Date: Saturday, Nov. 5
Game Time: 9:00 pm
Venue: Folsom Field, Boulder, CO
Colorado is on top of the Pac-12 South standings as the only team in the division with one loss. It still has a ton of work to do, but three of the last four games are at home and the road game is winnable at Arizona.
The Buffs have won with high-octane offensive performances, and two weeks ago, they showed they could win with an uggo slugfest game in a 10-5 win over Stanford. But a win is a win is a win for the program that’s been a Pac-12 doormat from the moment it arrived.
But if Colorado is one of the biggest surprises in the Pac-12, UCLA has to join Oregon as one of the biggest disappointments losing three straight and four of the last five. And now, instead of being in the thick of the South title chase, the Bruins have to win three of their last four – Academic Progress Report aspect aside – just to go bowling.
And now their star is gone.
QB Josh Rosen’s shoulder injury has made a bad season far worse, taking away the main man for the rest of the season, just when they need him the most.
Not that backup Mike Fafaul hasn’t been bad – he threw 110 passes over the last two games with 464 yards and five scores against Utah, but he’s also given up eight interceptions over the last three games.
It’s a stretch to call UCLA a hard luck team, but it’s not generating its share of breaks in close loss after close loss. Good teams win the tight ones, but four of the five losses were by a touchdown or less, and the Stanford loss was by nine – but it was much closer than that until late.
UCLA has the pop and explosion to keep up in any sort of an offensive shootout, but Colorado is playing too well in all phases and should capitalize on Bruin mistakes in key moments.
UCLA is just good enough to keep this close and make it a fight, and it’s having just enough problems to not be able to pull off the upset it so desperately needs.
The Colorado magical season rolls on as the defensive front stuffs the nation’s worst running game, and the secondary picks off three passes to overcome another huge passing day from Fafaul.
UCLA vs. Colorado Prediction
Final Score: Colorado 27, UCLA 23
Line: Colorado -13, o/u: 58
ATS Confidence: 5: 101 mph Chapman – 1: 97 mph Chapman … 4
Must See Rating: 5: November 8th – 1: Inferno … 3