The UCLA Bruins are 7-1 on the season, and ranked 12th in the country coming into this week. On Saturday, they go to Tempe to take on the Arizona State Sun Devils, who are still fighting for their lives from a bowl eligibility standpoint. In our college football betting picks for this Saturday night, we take a closer look at UCLA vs Arizona State.
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UCLA vs Arizona State Betting Pick
This game will be played at Sun Devil Stadium at 9:30 PM ET on Saturday, November 5, 2022.
Why Bet on Arizona:
✅ UCLA is averaging nearly 40 points per game this season, while Arizona State is averaging 27 points per game. The difference in explosiveness between these two teams offensively is very noticeable, and that will favor the Bruins as they should move to 8-1 on the season.
✅ UCLA’s defense is also superior to that of Arizona State. The Bruins are allowing 4.5 fewer points and 40 fewer yards per game than their opponent in this contest. Combine that with the difference in offenses here, and the Sun Devils are unlikely to stay within striking distance down the stretch.
✅ The ability of UCLA to run the football will help them salt this game away late. Zach Charbonnet is averaging over 100 yards per game on the ground himself, while the Bruins average 222.4 rushing yards per contest as a whole. That will be a huge boost as the Bruins play with a lead.
The UCLA Bruins bounced back nicely from their first loss of the season last week. After falling to the Oregon Ducks two games ago, the Bruins beat the Stanford Cardinal by a score of 38-13 to move to 7-1. While UCLA may not still have a path to the College Football Playoff, they can continue to keep their hopes alive by remaining at one loss.
For UCLA, offense is going to be the key as it has been all season long. They are averaging 500 yards per game as a team this year, and have scored 30 or more points in every game they have played in. Continuing that streak would put them in a very advantageous position against an inferior Arizona State team.
Arizona State Sun Devils
Arizona State got their second Pac-12 win of the season last week, holding on to beat Colorado in a 42-34 game. Arizona State had a big lead for much of the contest, but let Colorado back into things late. Against a much more potent UCLA offense, the Sun Devils will have to be on point for all 60 minutes.
The question for the Sun Devils in this game is whether or not they can generate enough offense to keep up with UCLA. They have put up scores into the 40s in recent contests against Washington and Colorado. But UCLA is far superior to either of those teams, and it will take a lot more for the Sun Devils to have success on Saturday night.