UCLA vs Cal Prediction, Game Preview

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UCLA vs Cal Prediction, Game Preview

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UCLA vs Cal Prediction, Game Preview


UCLA vs Cal prediction, game preview, how to watch: Saturday, November 27

UCLA vs Cal How To Watch

Date: Saturday, November 27
Game Time: 10:30 ET
Venue: Rose Bowl, Pasadena, CA
How To Watch: FS1
Record: UCLA (7-4), Cal (4-6)
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Why UCLA Will Win

The Bruin offense has the ground game going again.

It was great earlier in the year, great at times in the middle of the year, and spotty for a while in losses to Oregon and Utah.

It’s this simple – UCLA wins when the rushing attack is rolling.

It’s 7-0 when running for 200 yards, 0-4 when it doesn’t, and there’s a strong passing game to add to the mix, too.

The team is coming off of its two best days of the year – 501 yards against Colorado and 609 against USC – and now it’s going against a defense that strong against the run, but game up over 200 yards three times – all losses.

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Why Cal Will Win

The Bears really are solid defensively.

This isn’t the powerhouse Justin Wilcox D of recent years, but it’s doing a decent job up front – Cal is No. 1 in the Pac-12 in run defense – there’s good pressure from several spots, and overall it should b able to keep the game close.

The D hasn’t allowed more than 25 points in any of the last six games.

The offense might not be all that explosive, but it’s very, very careful. It doesn’t turn the ball over and keeps control of games – UCLA won’t be in charge of the time of possession.

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What’s Going To Happen

It’s been a strange run for Cal. It needs to keep fighting with two more wins to score bowl eligibility – it plays USC next week after being rescheduled – but it could still get an extra game at 5-7 thanks to its Academic Progress Rate.

UCLA, though, will finish up the regular season with a good balance to the attack, a nice day from the running game, and Cal – 0-4 on the road – won’t have quite enough offense to press through.

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UCLA vs Cal Prediction, Lines

UCLA 30, Cal 24
Line: UCLA -6.5, o/u: 58
ATS Confidence out of 5: 2

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