Fresno State at UCLA: 9/18/21 College Football Picks and Predictions

Fresno State at UCLA: 9/18/21 College Football Picks and Predictions Photo by Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

UCLA Bruins (2-0) vs Fresno State Bulldogs (2-1)

Game Info: Saturday, September 18, 2021 at 10:45 pm (Rose Bowl)

Betting Odds: UCLA Bruins -10 -- Over/Under: 61 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Fresno State Bulldogs and UCLA Bruins face off on Saturday in a Week 3 college football at the Rose Bowl. These two teams last faced off in 2018 with Fresno State coming out on top 38-14. 

This seemed like a make or break year for Chip Kelly and so far he has led the UCLA Bruins to some success. UCLA opened up the season with a 44-10 victory over Hawaii and followed that up with a 38-27 win over LSU. Dorian Thompson-Robinson is under center for UCLA and in the last game he completed 9 of his 16 passes for 260 yards, three touchdowns, and one interception. The star in the backfield is Zach Charbonnet and he is coming off a game where he rushed 11 times for 117 yards and a touchdown Brittian Brown also had 18 carries for 96 yards and a touchdown. The big question for UCLA the rest of the season is with how much success the defense can have. 

On the other side of this matchup is the Fresno State Bulldogs who have played three games already this year and they sit with a 2-1 record. The only loss for Fresno State came away the Oregon Ducks, and they had a chance in that game only losing by seven points. Under center for Fresno State is Jake Haefner and on the season he has thrown for 1,009 yards and eight touchdowns. Haefner has also not thrown an interception, and he needs to continue to take care of the ball. If Fresno State wants to win this game, it’s going to need to be the defense that steps up and makes life tough on the UCLA offense. 

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Fresno State is 5-0 against the spread in their last five games against the Pac-12. UCLA is 6-2 against the spread in their last eight games overall. The under is 4-1 in Fresno State’s last five games as an underdog. The over is 5-1-1 in UCLA’s last seven games against teams with a winning records. 

Fresno State looked impressive against Oregon, and I believe the Ducks are a better team than the UCLA Bruins. The Bulldogs defense is going to step up in this game against UCLA, and come away with a cover of the spread. I will also be throwing a few dollars on Fresno State to win outright. 

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Shane’s Pick Fresno State +10

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