The UCLA Bruins (6-2 / 3-2) head to Tucson in hopes of trying to find some consistency in their season against the Arizona Wildcats (5-3 / 3-2). The Bruins struggled to put away Colorado last week as a 14-point favorite (28-16) despite rushing for 218 yards. Arizona continues to surprise after a 27-24 win vs Oregon State as a 3-point dog. It was the second straight week the Wildcats won straight-up as a dog. College football betting lines have shown that the Bruins have opened as a 2-point road dog with the total set at 53. Kick-off is scheduled for 10:30 pm ET / 7:30 pm PT and can be seen on FS1. We start our UCLA vs Arizona betting odds preview with a look at both teams from a betting perspective.
Location: Arizona Stadium, Tucson, AZ
UCLA Back In The Polls
Some call it a convincing win against the Colorado Buffaloes, but anyone who watched knows it was anything but. UCLA was up by a single point at half-time and by just five after three. It was as sloppy as a program could play and still come out victorious.
The Bruins turned the ball over four times in the first half, begging the Buffaloes to take control. It’s possible you can give the Bruins defense the credit they deserve, but UCLA continues to be a NCAAF team whose identity is unknown to bettors after five weeks of failing to cover and then covering.
If we’re going by trends, this will be the week they should cover, but we know gambling doesn’t go like that. This hasn’t been the only year that’s been tough, this is what the Bruins do.
Over the last two college football seasons, UCLA is a combined 9-9 ATS but this may be the first year they have failed to turn a profit since 2019 when they were 4-7-1 ATS. The Bruins are the favorites this week and are better in this role than as a dog, covering 13 of their last 21 in that role. Let’s continue our UCLA vs Arizona betting odds preview by putting the spotlight on the Wildcats.
Is This A Let-Down Spot After Win Against The Beavers?
We know the Wildcats were only a 3-point dog against Oregon State at home but if you saw the reaction from the home crowd after the game, it was more than just a win.
The Wildcats are just 2-2 in their last four NCAAF games but have covered each of those and were two points away from upsetting the USC Trojans and just a touchdown away from the highly-ranked Washington Huskies. The question for bettors is, do we take what we just saw and apply our knowledge to this week or do we take light steps knowing the belly of the Wildcats could be full? Unlike UCLA, Arizona is rolling against the number (7-1 ATS) but when we’re dealing with a 2-point spread, we’re really in a position to just pick the game.
We know things can happen but let’s try to keep the mind clear of hypotheticals. Arizona has been pretty good against the number over the last three seasons with a combined record of 17-12 ATS, and even better as a dog with 15 covers in their last 24 games.
As a home dog they’ve covered 6 of their last 10 games In their last 18 meetings, Arizona holds a slight 9-8-1 ATS mark, which doesn’t help but is an indication of how close the programs have been over the years. We conclude our UCLA vs Arizona betting odds preview with our official selection.
The Line Tells Us A Lot
Because both teams are coming off emotional wins, the side of these NCAA football odds is hard to handicap because we have to measure how we think emotions will play out after wins over Colorado and OSU.
The best bet is to run over to the total because the number of 53 tells us that the oddsmakers anticipate a low-scoring game and we do as well. This season, the two teams have a combined 3-13 mark to the under. UCLA quarterbacks haven’t been greatly combined but there has been an upgrade with Ethan Garbers, we need to see it against the Wildcats who have forced most of their opponents to become one-dimensional.
A glance at the college football injury report shows, that Arizona QB Jayden de Laura is still out indefinitely with a calf injury. Bet the under 53 in this one. That does it for our UCLA vs Arizona betting odds preview, we wish you all the bets with your wagers this week.