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NCAA Football Betting: UCLA vs. Arizona Picks

Written by Gaby Varji   
Wednesday, 19 October 2011 12:58

2011 UCLA Bruins vs. Arizona Wildcats PicksThe UCLA Bruins and the Arizona Wildcats will meet on Thursday at Arizona Stadium. Join Now to Bet on this Game!

Currently the Wildcats are listed as 3½-point favorites against the Bruins, while the game's total is sitting at 61½.

We have to admit, this opening 3.5-point line caught us a bit by surprise.

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It has since been bet down a bit (-3) but with the Wildcats ‘Stooping’ to new lows (0-10 SU and 2-8 ATS the last 10 versus FBS opposition), it still has the makings of a ‘WTF’ (wrong team favored) special.

Well, maybe not. The ‘Cat’s last FBS win did come against UCLA (last October) and that’s nothing new as Arizona has handled the Bruins fairly easily since 2007 (4-0 SU, 3-1 ATS).

And speaking of ‘Stooping’, veteran head coach Mike Stoops was issued a pink slip and replaced by defensive coordinator Tim Kish on an interim basis.

In response to Stoops firing, Kish had this to say: “Certainly it was a sad day for our program yesterday, but today we have to move forward.

We’ve got some issues. It’s across the board. And it’s going to take all of us – coaches and player alike – to get some things fixed.” One of the issues that will need fixing is KISH’S 116th-ranked defense that is allowing 488 YPG!

Despite the extra time to prepare, that may be easier said than done against UCLA’s near double-deuce offense (194 YPG on the ground, 198 YPG through the air).

Bad history aside, the Bruins do own over 100 yards the better defense against FBS opposition this betting season and we’ll lean to the points as the Slickster and company look to keep pace with Arizona State (USC is not eligible) in the Pac-12 South.

Betting Pick: Arizona over Ucla by 1

UCLA Bruins vs. Arizona Wildcats trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 7 of UCLA's last 10 games on the road
UCLA is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Arizona
UCLA is 4-9 SU in its last 13 games
UCLA is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Arizona
Arizona is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing UCLA
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Arizona's last 7 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 9 of Arizona's last 13 games
Arizona is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games

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