Oklahoma vs. UCLA fearless prediction and game preview.
Oklahoma vs. UCLA Broadcast
Date: Saturday, September 14
Game Time: 8:00 ET
Venue: Rose Bowl, Pasadena, CA
Oklahoma (2-0) vs. UCLA (0-2) Game Preview
Why Oklahoma Will Win
Aren’t you supposed to be the Chip Kelly offense?
The Bruins started to look okay offensively by the end of last year, setting the tone for what was supposed to be a sharp offseason and a strong start. Instead, they can’t move the chains, there’s absolutely no running game, and the team is dead last in college football in time of possession.
The O might be awful, but at least it’s fast about it.
To make things even worse, yeah, Cincinnati and San Diego State are good Group of Five programs with great defense, but they’re Group of Five programs. And again, it’s Chip Kelly and this is UCLA. The offense is supposed to be better than 126th in the nation in total offense and average more than eight yards per carry.
On the polar opposite side, the Oklahoma offense couldn’t be better after two weeks. Jalen Hurts has stepped in and made the attack even more dangerous – it’s leading the nation averaging 710 yards per game – with the balance and explosion to score from anywhere on the field.
UCLA has scored 28 points so far this season. Oklahoma scored 28 points in the third quarter against South Dakota last week.
Why UCLA Will Win
Oklahoma has been fun, Hurts has been a great story, and overall, the team has been a blast to watch so far. But let’s be real here – the Sooners did it against Houston and South Dakota.
The UCLA defense has been okay so far. Cincinnati might not have too much of an offense, and Cincinnati was shut out by Ohio State, but still, the Bruins are doing more on the defensive front – especially when it comes to getting into the backfield – and it’s doing what it can considering the offense hasn’t provided a lick of help.
Could the O be ready to make a bit of a turn?
It didn’t have RB Joshua Kelley against UC, and San Diego State’s defense really is just that good. The Bruin offense might start to look and play a whole lot better and sharper now that it’s going against an Oklahoma defense that might be a whole lot more questionable that it appeared over the first two games.
UCLA has to test the Sooner secondary from the start. Dorian Thompson-Robinson isn’t pushing the ball deep, but he was at least able to start hitting a few more passes in last week’s loss. If Kelley can help out with a strong performance against the still-questionable OU D line, moving the chains won’t be a problem. It has to start somewhere.
What’s Going To Happen
It’s going to be the Jalen Hurts primetime show, but for the first time all year, the OU offense will hit a few speedbumps. The UCLA defense will hang on for a while in the first half, and the offense will go on a few scoring drives, and then the attack will stall.
The Sooners will come up with two fast touchdowns in the second half as the score starts to get out of hand late in the third quarter. UCLA won’t keep up once the Sooners find their stride.
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Oklahoma vs. UCLA Prediction, Line
Oklahoma 41, UCLA 20
Line: Oklahoma -23, o/u: 73.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 2
Must See Rating: 3
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