UCLA Bruins vs. Arizona Wildcats Pick – NCAAF Week 6

The UCLA Bruins and Arizona Wildcats have a Pac-12 After Dark matchup in the desert at Arizona Stadium. This is a big game for head coach Chip Kelly. It looked like his job was going to be safe after a 2-0 start, including a 38-27 win over the LSU Tigers in Week 2. However, UCLA has quickly regressed and ran into a wall. They’ve gone 1-2 since then, with their win a 35-24 ousting of the Stanford Cardinal on September 25.

UCLA did nothing to follow up and build momentum, as they were dropped by a score of 43-23 last week at the Rose Bowl against the Arizona State Sun Devils. The Bruins are just far too inconsistent, and it’s likely going to cost Chip his job if they continue on this road. This was supposed to be a big year for him and his quarterback.

Dorian Thompson-Robinson hasn’t been bad for the Bruins. In fact, Thompson-Robinson has been a bright spot on this team. He isn’t putting up Marcus Mariota numbers like Chip had in Oregon, though Thompson-Robinson is not the reason for why UCLA continues to be stained in mediocrity. Some help would be nice for the dynamic quarterback that is a threat through the air and ground.

The good news for UCLA is that they have a cupcake on the schedule. Arizona normally wouldn’t be regarded as a cupcake, but the fact of the matter is that there are several better FCS teams in the country than the Wildcats. After Rich Rod had to leave the program because of misconduct, and Kevin Sumlin burnt everything down, Jedd Fisch is up next trying to rebuild this program.

Do you want my honest opinion regarding Fisch? He’s probably going to be next on the chopping block. The school will give him time to rebuild, but I wasn’t a fan of the hire. Fisch will be afforded time to rebuild the team, though it’s not going to be easy. That’s especially going to be true if USC gets their head coach hire right and they take away potential Arizona recruits.

The Wildcats are coming off a 41-19 loss against the Oregon Ducks last week. This was after an embarrassing loss against Northern Arizona, 21-19. There were no responses from the Wildcats, as they were fine with getting laughed off the field again. Head below for our free UCLA vs. Arizona pick on October 9, 2021.

UCLA Bruins vs. Arizona Wildcats Live Odds and Betting History:

The following odds are courtesy of BetUS:

Teams Spread Moneyline Total
UCLA -16 (-110) -750 Over 61.5 (-110)
Arizona +16 (-110) +550 Under 61.5 (-110)
Team Data UCLA Arizona
Overall Record 3-2 0-4
ATS Record 3-2-0 2-2-0
Away/Home Record 1-0 0-1
ATS Away/Home 1-0-0 0-2-0
Points Per Game 30 17
Points Against Per Game 31 28.6
Passing Yards Per Game 234.4 253.5
Rushing Yards Per Game 203.6 110

UCLA vs. Arizona Prediction:

Dorian Thompson-Robinson has done his job admirably this season for the Bruins. Despite the criticism of this program, the problem isn’t the quarterback. He hasn’t been perfect, but isn’t why UCLA is struggling to have consistency.

DTR has passed for 10 touchdowns and 1 interception on 59.5% completions. He has to hit more targets before taking off to the next level.

His accuracy can be a problem at times, and it would be nice if some of his weapons stepped up to help him out more often. Against Arizona State in the loss, he passed for 235 yards and 1 touchdown.

His legs were the greatest asset versus the Sun Devils. DTR ran for 96 yards on 5.1 yards per carry.

The biggest threat for UCLA has been his versatility, and ability to take off on the ground if he has to. He’s not the fastest quarterback, but defenses must honor his legs.

The Wildcats are 62nd in the FBS with 363.8 yards allowed per game. They’ve been more susceptible against the run with 191.8 yards allowed for 106th in the FBS.

If we’re talking offense and defense, the Arizona defense is a step ahead of their offense. The Wildcats have a serious problem of putting points on the board.

Finishing drives hasn’t been a strong point for Arizona in 2021. Struggling to score 20 points a game isn’t going to work out well. Arizona have scored just 17 points per game for 123rd in the FBS.


UCLA Bruins vs. Arizona Wildcats Betting Trends:

UCLA

  • 6-2-1 ATS in their previous nine games versus Arizona
  • 7-2 overall in their previous nine games
  • 5-15 overall in their previous 20 games on the road
  • 4-10 ATS in their previous 14 games as a favorite

Arizona

  • 4-12 ATS in their previous 16 games
  • 0-10 overall in their previous ten games
  • 0-7 overall in their previous seven games at Arizona
  • 1-4 ATS in their previous five games at Arizona
  • 2-12 ATS in their previous 14 games after a loss
  • 1-4 ATS in their previous five games versus the Pac-12

Jordan McCloud has been awful at the controls for Arizona. He’s passed for 2 touchdowns and 5 interceptions on 64.3% completions. McCloud transferred from South Florida after having some success last year with the Bulls.

He’s finding life a lot tougher in the Pac-12, though. McCloud isn’t the only issue for their offense. Their ground game hasn’t been able to get any traction, which has put too much pressure on McCloud to make plays.

Arizona has averaged just 110 rushing yards per game for 114th in the FBS. If there’s anything UCLA excels at it’s stopping the run. They are in the top-10 and have some bodies up front that should be able to push the Wildcats’ weak offensive line around.

UCLA has allowed 87.4 rushing yards per game for tenth in the nation. They’ve played some teams on their schedule that have a solid running game. The Cats are deprived of a competent ground game with their struggling offensive line.

This is going to be disappointing if UCLA doesn’t blow Arizona out in this one. They are inconsistent no doubt. This looks like a spot where UCLA gets on track, and are interested in putting together a complete performance. Arizona is just that bad this season.

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