UCLA at Arizona State - 11/5/22 College Football Picks and Prediction

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The UCLA Bruins will travel to Tempe and take on the Arizona State Sun Devils this Saturday from Sun Devil Stadium on FS1. The Bruins and Sun Devils have faced in nearly every season since 1976, when ASU joined the Pac-12. UCLA leads the all-time series 22-15, but Arizona State won last year's meeting in Pasadena.

UCLA improved to 7-1 after defeating Stanford in Week 9. The Bruins bounced back with a dominant home victory over their in-state foe, controlling the pace the entire way for a wire-to-wire win, outgaining the Cardinal, 523-270. The UCLA defense allows 24.2 points per game.

Dorian Thompson-Robinson is one of the most experienced quarterbacks in the country. DTR brings over 40 games of experience to the table, and no road spot is too much for the four-year starter. The veteran signal caller provided a pair of gems in wins over Washington and Utah, and he’s performed well versus Arizona State over the years. Thompson-Robinson has thrown for 1,971 passing yards with 17 touchdowns to two interceptions, and rushed for 319 yards and five more scores through eight starts.

Zach Charbonnet gives UCLA one of the best QB/RB combos in the nation. The star running back returned for his senior year after rushing for over 1,000 yards last season, and he's set to beat that number here in 2022. Charbonnet is one of the leading rushers in the country with 964 rushing yards and ten touchdowns on the season. Jake Bobo transferred over from Duke and he’s caught 35 passes for a team-lead 526 receiving yards.

Arizona State improved to 3-5 after defeating Colorado in Boulder Week 9. The Sun Devils outlasted the Buffaloes in a shootout, with both schools overwhelming offensively and combining for 76 yards. Arizona State scores 27.1 points per game, while passing for 245.5 yards per game (108th), and rushing for 133.5 ypg (179th). The ASU defense allows 28.7 points per game.

Emory Jones transferred into a toxic situation, and the Sun Devils elected to go with Trenton Bourguet after his performance in the win over Washington. The junior quarterback performed well in Boulder, passing for a whopping 435 yards with three touchdowns to one interception. It may have been Colorado, but it provides optimism at the most important position.

Unlike Jones, Xazavian Valladay has panned out after coming over Wyoming. The senior back is set to achieve the rare feat of surpassing the 1,000-yard mark for a third season. Valladay has gained 130 yards in five of eight games this season, and he’s totaled 760 rushing yards and a career-high 10 touchdowns. Elijhah Badger has been ASU’s best receiver this year, leading the team in receptions (45) and receiving yards (627) after setting career-highs in back-to-back games.

UCLA is 6-2 against the spread this season, with a 1-1 record on the road. Arizona State is 4-4 against the spread this season, with a 2-2 record at home. The over is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings.

UCLA has a big game coming up, but they can’t overlook the midseason resurgence from Arizona State here. The Sun Devils dismissal of Herm Edwards was a bit messy, but they’ve picked up their play since an embarrassing home loss to Eastern Michigan. 

Still, there’s minimal upset possibility for this one, as the Bruins should remain sharp with one of the biggest Victory Bell battles in recent memory looming.

I feel good trusting UCLA to cover the number and lay the points here. Pick their spread for this Pac-12 clash.

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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