UCLA 2020 Win Total - College Football Pick and Prediction

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Breaking Down the UCLA Bruins Win Total

2020 College Football Season

UCLA: O/U 6.0 Wins -- Title Odds: +25000

The UCLA Bruins will be looking to move up the Pac-12 standings after a below .500 record during the 2019 campaign.  UCLA finished with a record of (4-8), while going (4-5) in Pac-12 play. The offense averaged 26.7 points per game, which ranked 80th at the FBS level.  The defense struggled to keep teams off the boards, after allowing 34.8 points per contest. The head coach for UCLA is Chip Kelly. 

Chip Kelly and company will be looking to welcome junior quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson.  Thompson-Robinson was solid as a sophomore, throwing for 2,701 yards, while adding 21 touchdowns through the air and 12 interceptions.  The quarterback also had 4 rushing scores. Running back Demetric Felton looks to have an increased role, after being 2nd in line behind 1,000 yard rusher Joshua Kelley a year ago.  Felton rushed for 331 yards and 1 touchdown. However, Felton stood out as a solid pass option out of the backfield. Felton had 55 receptions for 594 yards and 4 touchdowns last season. Kyle Phillips contributed 60 receptions for 681 yards and 5 touchdowns as a freshman. 

As a team the defense collected 26 sacks and 5 interceptions. The leading tackler from a season ago was sophomore Stephan Blaylock.  Blaylock totaled 86 tackles and 2 forced fumbles. Osa Odighizuwa is the leading returner with the most sacks from the 2019 season. He had 3.5 sacks.  Darnay Holmes added 2 interceptions, while collecting 6 pass break ups. 

Let us take a look at the UCLA schedule for the 2020 season. 

Aug. 29 New Mexico State

Sept. 5 at Hawaii

Sept. 19 at San Diego State

Sept. 26 Stanford

Oct. 3 Arizona

Oct. 10 at Arizona State

Oct. 17 at Colorado

Oct. 29 Utah

Nov. 7 at Oregon State

Nov. 14 Washington State

Nov. 21 USC

Nov. 27 at Cal

UCLA will open the season with 3 straight non-conference games.  The Bruins will play host to New Mexico State, before heading on the road for two games against Hawaii and San Diego State. New Mexico State struggled last season, while Hawaii and San Diego State combined for a 20-8 record.  UCLA will have at least 1 win in non-conference play, but the other two are road games and seeing how pitiful the defense was last season, I’m very skeptical to say UCLA had a “fifty fifty “ chance to win these 2 games. UCLA went 0-3 in non-conference play last season, which included a home loss to San Diego State. 

This projected win total is 6, seeing that UCLA could be 1-2 after non-conference play, I’m going to take the under here.  UCLA lost their better defensive players to graduation from last season and the defense had issues stopping anyone.  The Bruins would need to increase their win total by 3 games from a season ago. I’ll take a push at best.   

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