CFB Pac-12 Showdown: Colorado Buffaloes at (23) UCLA Bruins

Bruins Hoping to Keep Head Above Water

The Colorado Buffaloes (4-3, 1-3) are back after a bye week to dazzle or irritate College Football fans as they head to Pasadena, California to take on the UCLA Bruins (5-2, 2-2). The last time we saw Colorado they were blowing a 29-0 halftime lead to the Stanford Cardinal after allowing 36 points in the second half to force overtime.

Stanford would go on to shock Colorado 46-43. UCLA brought Stanford back to Earth with a 42-7 pounding of the Cardinal last week. Oddsmakers have made UCLA a 17-point favorite with a total of 63.5. Kick-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET / 4:30 p.m. PT. Let’s start our Colorado vs UCLA odds preview and selection.

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Did You Miss Us?

There is no doubt that we can hear the voice inside the head of Deion Sanders wanting to ask national beat guys if they missed Colorado after completing their bye week. Colorado will have Travis Hunter back in the line-up after returning against Stanford.

Expect the Buff’s two-way player to build on his 140 yards receiving against Stanford after almost missing an entire month due to injury. He suffered some at corner, but he should be stronger after a week off, especially if he wasn’t 100% against the Cardinals.

Colorado has made tremendous strides after hitting their pre-season projected win total of 2.5, but the question remains, are they a team that bettors can rely on? We want to see more to see their identity with more clarity because teams we want to bet don’t blow 29-point games to lower-echelon programs.

In addition to our Colorado vs UCLA odds preview with a look at the Bruins who are holding on to a NCAA ranking, let’s also delve into their college football national championship odds.

UCLA Defense Should On Full Display

There’s so much hype, as usual, when it comes to the Colorado Buffaloes that it takes away from what we should be talking about and that’s a terrific UCLA defense that is 11th in College Football in total yards allowed per game. It’s a defense that held Stanford to a touchdown over 60 minutes while the Buffs allowed 36 in 30 minutes.

If the Colorado offense is contained, there is very little chance that the defense which is one of the worst among power five teams, will be able to hold down the Bruins. Despite all of the common sense statistics that say UCLA is the side, the numbers bear that sentiment out too.

The Bruins are 13-7 ATS as a favorite since 2021 and have covered three of their last four meetings against the Buffs. No matter the outcome it’s good to have Colorado back playing College Football this weekend. We conclude our Colorado vs. UCLA odds preview with our official College Football odds and predictions.

Bruins Roll Big

78% of the public have made their choice known and that’s to back the UCLA Bruins. We don’t want this number to go up more so we’d suggest getting this wager in early. The Buffaloes’ running game is non-existent, averaging just 2.7 yards per rush, giving Colorado a one-dimensional attack. Trying to run against UCLA isn’t exactly how a team finds their running game with the Bruins allowing just 2.2 yards per rush.

We don’t think the Colorado offensive line will be able to contain a terrific UCLA pass rush that averages 3.3 sacks per game. Take the Bruins and lay the 17. That does it for our Colorado vs UCLA odds preview, we wish you all the best with your wagers this weekend.

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