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Where: Rose Bowl
When: Saturday, September 14, 2019, 8:00 pm ET
We have a terrific NCAA football matchup when the #5 ranked Oklahoma Sooners travel west to take on the UCLA Bruins at the legendary Rose Bowl. The Sooners have won 20 consecutive “true” road games and is 4-1 lifetime against UCLA. The Big 12 meets the Pac-12 on Saturday night!
Oklahoma brings their fifth-ranked Sooner to Los Angeles riding a two-game winning streak with their latest being a 70-14 home thrashing over the University of South Dakota. UCLA has dropped their opening two games with their most recent loss coming in a 23-14 home-opening defeat at the hands of San Diego State University.
Sooners Off to 2-0 Start
The #5 ranked Oklahoma Sooners are off to a 2-0 start to their 2019 season and gave South Dakota a 70-14 beating for their second victory of the season. Oklahoma quarterbacks threw for six touchdowns highlighted by senior quarterback Jalen Hurts three touchdown passes. Junior running back Rhamondre Stevenson rushed for 104 yards and a touchdown and junior wide receiver Ceedee Lamb had six receptions for 144 yards and a touchdown in the lopsided home victory over South Dakota.
Lincoln Reilly on making sure his team is not looking past the struggling Bruins.
“I know they’ve gotten off to a tough start but this is the classic deal, you look at the record and you think one thing, you turn on the tape and you see the guys running around on that football field, you see how well the defense is playing, you see a bunch of talented players offensively,” he said. “We’re not gonna get lulled to sleep by the fact of what people may or may not say on the outside.”
— Oklahoma Football (@OU_Football) September 10, 2019
Hurts is a Heisman candidate and has completed 82.9 percent of his passes for 591 yards, six touchdowns and has been sacked once without throwing an interception. He’s up against a UCLA defense allowing 267.5 passing yards per game. Unless the Bruins step up in a big way, Hurts is going to have a field day with the Bruins defense on Saturday.
The Bruins rushing defense allows 127.5 rushing yards per game and besides Stevenson, the Sooners also boast one of the most talented and deepest backfields in NCAA football. Look for junior running back Trey Sermon and sophomore running back Kennedy Brooks to put in some work against the solid run defense of the Bruins.
Bruins Riding the Struggle Bus
UCLA lost their home opener to San Diego State by a score of 23-14 for their second loss of the season in as many tries. Sophomore quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson threw for 199 yards and one touchdown but was sacked three times by the Aztecs defense. Senior running back Joshua Kelly chipped in with 53 rushing yards and a touchdown and freshman tight end Greg Dulcich caught three passes for one touchdown in the Bruins 23-14 loss to San Diego State.
Let's get this going!
— UCLA Football (@UCLAFootball) September 7, 2019
Oklahoma allows 155.5 rushing yards per game and this could be a good thing for Bruins running backs Kelley and junior running back Demetric Felton but they’ll need to step up to take advantage of the Sooner’s defensive limitations at defense against the run.
Thompson-Robinson also has a nice opportunity against a Sooners pass defense allowing 218 passing yards per game. The sophomore quarterback isn’t very mobile and has been sacked five times this season but has thrown for 355 yards and two touchdowns. This is a great opportunity for the young quarterback but only if his offensive line can protect him, which his five sacks demonstrate that they haven’t.
- Bruins are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.
- Bruins are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games after accumulating less than 275 total yards in their previous game.
- Bruins are 0-7 ATS in their last 7 games after accumulating less than 100 yards rushing in their previous game.
- Sooners are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 games following a straight-up win.
- Sooners are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
Updated on Sep 14 at 8:50am EDT
Update prepared by our editoral staff
Public Money / Line Movements
Oklahoma has gone from -20 up to -23 and that is consistent with the fact that they have grabbed 86% of the bets.
Injury / Weather Report
Oklahoma’s Impact Injury Report
Questionable: OL Marquis Hayes and DL Kenneth Mann
Out: DB Kenneth Mann & RB T.J. Pledger
UCLA’s Impact Injury Report
Questionable: DB Darnay Holmes and LB Keisean Lucier-South
Out: RB Kazmeir Allen and LB Bo Calvert
Gametime Weather: Clear and in the mid-70s.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
This is a tough one because of the spread, but if you are going to bet ATS, then you almost have to roll with Oklahoma. The Sooners have a defense with just two returning starters and can be exploited, but I’m not sure UCLA and their young, inexperienced offensive skill players are ready to do that just yet.
The Sooners offense is explosive and if it weren’t for the fact they have to play defense, Oklahoma would cover the 56 points against UCLA easily.
I’m laying the wood on Oklahoma to cover on Saturday.
Prediction: Oklahoma -23
Full-Game Total Pick
We could see a bunch of points, but 73.5 is too darn many. At some point on Saturday afternoon, UCLA will get a stop or two. The Sooners defense has been shaky but I can’t believe a Lincoln Riley coached football team will continue to play such lousy defense. UCLA is the perfect game for the Sooners defense to become a unit and I think that they will. The Bruins might score a couple of touchdowns on Saturday, but that’s all for them.
I’m playing the UNDER on Saturday.
Prediction: Under 73.5 Points