Washington vs. UCLA fearless prediction and game preview.
Date: Saturday, October 6
Game Time: 7:30 ET
Venue: Rose Bowl, Pasadena, CA
Washington (4-1) vs. UCLA (0-4) Game Preview
One Reason Why Washington Will Win
Oh great. The UCLA offense that’s having so many problems finding anything that works has to go against the No. 1 scoring defense in college football.
Washington might not be scintillating, but the defense has been amazing at wiping everyone out, allowing 21 points or fewer against everyone, and giving up a grand total of 17 points against North Dakota, Utah, and BYU.
Yeah, Tanner Mangum completed 18-of-21 passes last week for BYU, but the offense didn’t move. UCLA’s offense isn’t moving at all.
UCLA’s problem continues to be a line that’s not giving anyone time to work. There’s still no running game – coming up with just 136 yards per game – and with nothing happening in pass protection. It’s why UCLA is last in the conference in passing efficiency.
One Reason Why UCLA Will Win
The Washington offense isn’t lighting anyone up.
It’s effective, and it’s doing what’s needed, but it’s not going to put this thing out of reach with a 28-point first half. UCLA should be able to hang around this at home for a bit.
The Huskies have yet to run for 200 yards, and the passing attack will give up a few picks here and there – and that’s what the Bruins need. The offense isn’t going to get it done, but it’s not going to turn the ball over enough to be a problem.
Some funky things have to happen for the Bruins to keep this close.
UCLA only lost the turnover margin against Fresno State, and it didn’t give the ball away against Colorado and Oklahoma. That, and a bad Husky punting and punt return game have to be a part of the mix.
What’s Going To Happen
It’s the best team in the Pac-12 vs. the worst – or the second-worst behind Oregon State.
Washington might be way overdue for a clunker, but the defense isn’t going to allow UCLA to do anything offensively, and the other side will be able to go through the motions and put this away.
Fearless Prediction & Line
Washington 34, UCLA 16
Line: UCLA -21, o/u: 50.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 2.5
Must See Rating: 2
5: First Man
1: ESPN’s Monday Night Football broadcast