Arizona vs. UCLA fearless prediction and game preview.
Date: Saturday, October 20
Game Time: 10:30 ET
Venue: Rose Bowl, Pasadena, CA
Arizona (3-4) vs. UCLA (1-5) Game Preview
One Reason Why Arizona Will Win
So now UCLA is supposedly good after one win over Cal?
There are still a myriad of issues with the Bruins, but they just happened to play really, really well – and the Bears turned it over a whole lot. Arizona is going to have to challenge UCLA on what it still isn’t all that great at …
Stopping the run.
Arizona’s ground game has hit the skids over the last three weeks, but the pop and potential are there. It ran for 442 yards against Oregon State and has shown the home run hitting ability when JJ Taylor can get loose, but he hasn’t been able to do it enough.
The Wildcat offensive line has been a problem from the start of the season, but this week, it has to line up and blast away – if possible.
The Bruins have improved on the defensive front from last year. They’re only allowing 3.9 yards per carry, but they gave up three touchdown runs or more in each of the first five games.
One Reason Why UCLA Will Win
Khalil Tate is out.
He was never able to get going, he got hurt, and now it’ll be Rhett Rodriguez handling the Arizona offense. He wasn’t bad against Utah – throwing for 226 yards and a score – and it’s not like the offense was doing anything with Tate, but … it’s Rhett Rodriguez, not Khalil Tate.
On the opposite end of the spectrum is UCLA’s Dorian Thompson-Robinson, who went from struggling as a true freshman to becoming one of the Pac-12’s hottest passers, hitting 40-of-53 passes over the last two games.
He’s able to start making more throws down the field, he’s not forcing anything, and the offense is working.
The defense isn’t going to take the ball away five times like it did against Cal, but as long as it keeps Rodriguez and the Arizona running game from taking control, and as long as Thompson-Robinson isn’t making a slew of big mistakes, the Bruins should be okay.
What’s Going To Happen
Arizona has to take the ball away to win, but that’s not going to happen.
The Wildcats might relish the “no one believes in us” role they’ll be in with Tate officially out, but UCLA has played too well over the last two weeks – and they’ll be solid again.
Don’t expect fireworks or anything amazing, but the Bruins will be in control of the game throughout, the defense won’t get gouged, and after all the doom and gloom, it’ll be two straight wins under Chip Kelly.
Fearless Prediction & Line
UCLA 30, Arizona 23
Line: UCLA -8, o/u: 56
ATS Confidence out of 5: 2
Must See Rating: 2.5
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