UCLA at Utah: 10/30/21 College Football Picks and Prediction

UCLA at Utah: 10/30/21 College Football Picks and Prediction Photo by Rob Gray-USA TODAY Sports

Utah Utes (4-3) vs UCLA Bruins (5-3)

Game Info: Saturday, October 30, 2021 at 10:00 pm (Rice-Eccles Stadium)

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The UCLA Bruins will travel to Rice-Eccles Stadium to take on the Utah Utes this Saturday night in College Football action.

The UCLA Bruins had their 2-game winning streak snapped and dropped to 5-3 on the season after being defeated by the 10th ranked Oregon Ducks, 34-31, this past Saturday. UCLA led by a 17-14 margin at halftime, however, the Bruins couldn’t fight all the way back after 21 unanswered points by the Ducks gave Oregon a 34-17 lead with 13:53 left in the 4th quarter. UCLA was outgained by Oregon by a 417-352 margin and committed 3 turnovers in the loss. Leading the way for the Bruins was QB Dorian Thompson-Robinson who completed 22 of 41 passes for 220 yards, 1 TD, & 1 INT while also rushing for 35 yards & 1 TD.

On the season, UCLA is averaging 33.5 ppg on 416.3 total yards per game (209.9 passing yds/g; 206.4 rushing yds/g). Offensively, UCLA has been led by QB Dorian Thompson-Robinson who has completed 59.4% of his passes for 1639 yards, 14 TD, & 3 INT while also rushing for 363 yards & 6 TD on 97 carries. In the backfield with Thompson-Robinson has been the duo of Zach Charbonnet (125 att, 732 yards, 7 TD) & Brittain Brown (86 att, 512 yards, 6 TD). The top receiving threats for the Bruins have been Kyle Philips (32 rec, 442 yards, 6 TD), Greg Dulcich (25 rec, 425 yards, 3 TD), Kam Brown (12 rec, 195 yards, 2 TD), & Chase Cota (12 rec, 181 yards, TD).

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Defensively, UCLA is allowing their opponents to average 26.3 ppg on 385.6 total yards per game (290.9 passing yds/g; 94.8 rushing yds/g).

The Utah Utes had their 3-game winning streak snapped and dropped to 4-3 on the season after being defeated by the Oregon State Beavers, 42-34, this past Saturday. Utah went into halftime with a24-14 lead, however, the defense struggled throughout the 2nd half and could not fight back after an 8-yard TD run by the Beavers B.J. Baylor gave Oregon State a 42-31 lead with 9:49 left in the 4th quarter. Utah won the turnover battle by a 1-0 margin, however, was outgained by Oregon State by a 468-455 margin in the loss. Leading the way for the Utes was QB Cameron Rising who completed 22 of 36 passes for 267 yards & 2 TD while also rushing for 73 yards on 10 carries.

On the season, Utah is averaging 31.9 ppg on 409.0 total yards per game (231.9 passing yds/g; 177.1 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Utah has been led by QB Cameron Rising who has completed 64.3% of his passes for 1139 yards, 11 TD, & 2 INT while also rushing for 237 yards & 2 TD. The top receiving targets for the Utes have been Dalton Kincaid (18 rec, 287 yards, 3 TD), Devaughn Vele (12 rec, 243 yards, TD), Brant Kuithe (26 rec, 241 yards, 4 TD), & Britain Covey (28 rec, 211 yards, TD). Leading the way for the Utah backfield have been the duo of Tavion Thomas (78 att, 405 yards, 6 TD) & Micah Bernard (49 att, 287 yards, TD).

Defensively, Utah is holding their opponents to an average of 25.4 ppg on 366.0 total yards per game (214.3 passing yds/g; 151.7 rushing yds/g).

The Bruins are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall, however, are just 1-5 ATS vs. a team with a winning record. The Utes are 9-2 ATS in their last 11 games following a ATS win and 13-3-1 ATS in their last 16 October games.

UCLA certainly has an offense that can put up points and have a perfect 3-0 record on the road, however, I just don’t like this matchup for the Bruins. Utah is a prefect 3-0 at home with an impressive 14-point victory in their last home game against Arizona State and as I think Cameron Rising and the Utes passing offense will be able to take advantage of a UCLA passing defense that ranks just 125th in College Football, I think Utah does enough in this one to win this one by a TD and cover this spread. Good Luck!

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Brett’s Pick Utah Utes -6.5

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