The 14th-ranked Washington State Cougars (4-0/1-0) are headed to the Rose Bowl to take on the Bruins of UCLA (3-1/0-1). The Bruins have opened as a 3-point home favorite, but that could change with 67% of the early money coming in on the Cougars.
The Cougars have covered all three games against FBS teams, with three of four cashing over tickets. The total is 58.5. The UCLA Bruins are 2-2 ATS, with three of their four games hitting the under. Kick-off is scheduled for 3:00 pm ET/noon PT and can be seen on the Pac-12 Network.
Let’s dive into our Washington State vs UCLA odds preview by breaking down each team from a betting perspective.
Date & Time: 3
Location: Rose Bowl
Streaming: Pac-12 Network
WSU Taking Bettors To The Bank Again
Over the last three seasons, the Washington State Cougars have been the most reliable team in the country regarding cashing tickets. With a 3-0 ATS record in 2023 vs. FBS teams, the Cougars are 19-6 (76%) +11.31 units since 2021.
According to current NCAA Football championship odds, Washington State is still 100-1 to win a national title, but a Pac-12 championship is becoming more of a possibility with every passing week. We know they’re still going to have to climb over USC (5-0, 3-0), Oregon (5-0, 2-0), and Washington (5-0, 2-0) to accomplish that goal. Still, with the first step behind them, a win over previously unbeaten Oregon State, Jake Dickert’s 2nd-ranked passing attack has to be in the conversation.
Quarterback Cam Ward has been overshadowed but other signal callers in the Pac-12, but his numbers can stand tall, with an average of 348.5 yards passing / game to go with 13 touchdowns and no interceptions. With a completion percentage of 74.5%, no one on the Cougars’ schedule should overlook what Dickert is building in Pullman. We continue our Washington State vs UCLA odds previews with an early look at UCLA.
Bruins Inept Offense Must Keep Pace
After a 14-7 loss to Utah two weeks ago, a bye week couldn’t have come at a better time. Chip Kelly will need the entire 14 days to figure out how to resurrect an offense that didn’t score against the Utes until late in the game. Some have suggested that Kelly needs to find playing time for someone other than freshman quarterback Dante Moore, who appears overwhelmed at times.
Behind Moore are junior Collin Schlee and Ethan Garbers who started in week one against Coastal Carolina, a 27-13 win. With the Bruins 1-2 ATS vs. FBS teams, their three-year streak of producing a profit for the public is in jeopardy if they can’t manage to kick-start their offense. Kelly’s team enjoyed a cup of coffee in the NCAA Football rankings in 2023, a year after UCLA spent all but the first two weeks of the 2022 season in the polls.
The Bruins are just 4-7 ATS against Washington State in their last 11 meetings. We conclude our Washington State vs UCLA odds preview with our official selection.
Looks Like A Trap
With everything we just went over, it’s hard to believe that the Cougars are an underdog but here we are. We can apply the adage of ‘when it looks too good to be true…’ when it comes to this NCAA Football spread. Over 65% of the early week wagers are on the Cougars, but that number hasn’t budged off the key number so far.
We still have faith in Kelly, who is 28-27-2 ATS in six seasons at Pasadena, so we’re going to give us one more week to show he can turn their horrific offense around.
Steer clear of a number that wants you to bet on the Cougars. Take UCLA -3. That does it for our Washington State vs UCLA odds preview, all the best with your wagers this upcoming weekend.
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