UCLA vs Bowling Green prediction, game preview, how to watch. Week 1, Saturday, September 3
UCLA vs Bowling Green How To Watch
Date: Saturday, September 3
Game Time: 2:30 ET
Venue: Rose Bowl, Pasadena, CA
How To Watch: Pac-12 Network
Record: UCLA (0-0), Bowling Green (0-0)
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UCLA vs Bowling Green Game Preview
Why Bowling Green Will Win
The offense should eventually be more fun.
Bowling Green has the receivers, and it has the quarterback in Matt McDonald who knows what he’s doing. The experience of the attack has to start translating into production, and the defensive line needs to use its veterans to hold up early on.
UCLA has a few new parts of the offensive line that have to blend in right away, and the receiving corps is a wee bit of a question mark until Duke transfer Jake Bobo proves he can be the team’s No. 1.
For all of the problems Bowling Green had last year, it had the best pass defense in the MAC. However …
Why UCLA Will Win
That’s a wee bit misleading. The Bowling Green pass defense was statistically great because the run D got ripped to shreds.
Yes, the top guys up front are back, but there aren’t going to be enough plays in the backfield to worry. UCLA’s renovated offensive front should be just good enough to get Zach Charbonnet and the rest of the running backs rolling right away.
The transfer portal that took over the UCLA defensive front should get an easy warm up – Bowling Green’s offensive line won’t do anything – and Hawaii transfer Darius Muasau should gum up everything.
Bowling Green has to bomb away to win, and …
What’s Going To Happen
UCLA could use the work.
Bowling Green was able to shock Minnesota last year in one of the weirdest games possible, but UCLA should be able to use this to get all of the parts in place in the receiving corps, the defensive front, and in several other spots after losing a ton of talent.
It still has Dorian Thompson-Robinson at quarterback, the ground game will be fine, and after a few rough drives, it’ll all kick in with over 200 yards from the rushing attack paving the way.
UCLA vs Bowling Green Prediction, Line
UCLA 38, Bowling Green 10
Line: UCLA -23, o/u: 57.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 3
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