UCLA Bruins (0-1) vs #6 Oklahoma Sooners (1-0)
NCAA Football: Saturday, September 8, 2018, 1:00 p.m. Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium
Oklahoma -30.5 Over/Under 64
Week 2 features many big college football matchups, but one of the afternoon games UCLA travels to Norman, Oklahoma to face the Sooners. Oklahoma is coming off a 63-14 rout of Florida Atlantic. While UCLA comes into this matchup 0-1 after losing at home to the Cincinnati Bearcats 26-17.
UCLA looked to have high hopes coming into the season under new coach Chip Kelly. They thought they had their quarterback set with grad transfer Wilton Speight, but at the five-minute mark of the second quarter, he injured his back, which forced true Freshman Dorian Thompson-Robinson into action far sooner than expected. He went 15-25 for 117 yards in his first collegiate game but was sacked four times. Kasmeir Allen rushed for over 100 yards on only five carriers. The Bruins, are in for a tough start to the season, the loss to underdog Cincinnati, really makes this second game important, if the Bruins lose this one they will drop to 0-2 on the year. The Bruins gained 306 yards, in their season opener and gave up 304 yards, which isn’t pretty. The Bruins are 2-3 in their last five games dating back to last season. The returns of Mo Osling, Osa Odighizuwa, and Moses Robinson-Carr sting for Oklahoma. Runningback Soso Jamabo, tight end Devin Asiasi, and center Boss Tagaola are still out on suspension. A high point of hope for the Bruins is how well the pass defense played in their opener, as they sacked the QB four times, and the secondary played well, for the most part, their rush defense is a question mark as they struggled to stop the run.
The Sooners had no trouble dealing with Lane Kiffin’s Florida Atlantic Owls, as they swept them right out of the stadium last weekend. Kyler Murray looked very comfortable after going 9-11 for 209 yards and two touchdowns. Lincoln Riley’s offense is having no trouble at all, replacing Baker Mayfield. The backup QB situation is a question after Austin Kendall suffered a leg injury in the second half last week. Rodney Anderson led the team in rushing with five carries for 100 yards and two touchdowns. The defense looks solid again, as they only gave up 324 yards to a solid FAU offense. FAU didn’t have an answer for the 650 total yards the Sooners were able to produce. That could be a problem for the Bruins in this game. Oklahoma is a contender in the Big 12 yet again, and are contenders Nationally, so a win over UCLA even though they aren’t as strong as years past, could be an important win none the less. The Sooners are 4-1 in their last five games.
Cover The Spread 365 Trends
Bruins are 8-20 ATS in their last 28 games overall.
Bruins are 3-12-1 ATS in their last 16 non-conference games.
Over is 5-1 in Bruins last 6 road games.
Sooners are 12-2 ATS in their last 14 home games.
Sooners are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 non-conference games.
Over is 4-0 in Sooners last 4 vs. Pac-12.
Free College Football Pick: UCLA Bruins vs Oklahoma Sooners
The game is without going over, not just because of the way Oklahoma played last week, but a Chip Kelly team can be explosive too. I think this game, is going to be ugly for the Bruins, they might be able to get pressure on Murray all day, but the way they give up yards on the ground, look for the Sooners to come out with a lot of run plays to open up their air attack. The Sooners just have PAC-12 teams numbers, and here is another matchup with one. The Over against PAC-12 teams for Oklahoma in their last four is perfect as it is 4-0. The Sooners come in as heavy favorites at -30.5, I see them covering that, and the Over/Under exceeding 64, I mean they scored 63 alone last week, so they have a chance to blow out another solid program. UCLA will need big-time play out of their freshman QB. Can Chip Kelly overcome the odds and upset one of the top teams in the country? I’m gonna lean with the Over, and take the points in this one. The Sooners get it done and improve to 2-0. Sorry UCLA year one of the Chip Kelly era isn’t off to a bang.