5 Best College Football Predictions Against The Spread: Week 0

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5 Best College Football Predictions Against The Spread: Week 0

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5 Best College Football Predictions Against The Spread: Week 0

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2. Hawaii at UCLA

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ATS PICK: UCLA

To continue with the hate-pick theme of Week 0 …

UCLA has yet to win a non-conference game in the Chip Kelly era. Worse yet, it’s 0-2 against the Mountain West.

Okay, but to be very, very fair, those six non-conference losses all came to teams that won ten games or more, two were to Cincinnati, and two were to Oklahoma. The combined final records of those six teams? 68-14.

Let’s just say the program has been building to this point.

Kelly needed to do a teardown after years of Bruin mediocrity, and it hasn’t been pretty with three straight losing seasons and a 10-21 record.

But now he appears to have the parts in place. The Bruins have the lines, they have the defense – despite a few meltdowns last year – and they have the experience on offense to finally get this thing going.

So what that the program hasn’t beaten a team by more than 17.5 since the middle of 2018?

This is a bit more about Hawaii.

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It’s going to be active, it has the ability to get physical, and …

It still might be a bit flaky on the road.

It came up big in the New Mexico Bowl win over Houston, and it started last year with a stunning performance at Fresno State, but it clunked at Wyoming and got rolled by 24 at San Diego State.

This won’t be a blowout, but UCLA should be a bit more explosive and the D should hang on to save the spread late. It’s likely going to be a defensive battle, so …

NEXT: No. 1 Pick Against The Spread: Hawaii at UCLA, Part 2

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