College Football Pick UCLA at California 10-9-10

October 8, 2010


UCLA Bruins at California Golden Bears

Saturday October 9, 2010 3:30 PM EST

Line: California -7.5

This should be a great in state Pac-10 divisional game. Cal comes in at 2-2 with an extra week to work out the kinks following a 2 game losing streak. Cal will be looking to get their first Pac-10 victory after starting 0-1. Cal is 2-0 at home this year. UCLA started out the year with 2 straight losses but have found their ways after winning 3 straight. UCLA is 1-1 on the road this  year.

UCLA has been average on both sides of the football. Their defense is allowing 23.8 points a game, 62nd overall. Their offense is scoring 25.8 points a game which is 72nd overall. They have not looking good throwing the ball as they rank 118th in the nation with only 91 yards a game. Their rushing game is carrying this offense with 262.4 yards a game, 10th in the nation. Leading the rushing game is Sophomore RB Johnathan Franklin. Franklin has 625 yards with 5 TDs this year. The Bruins should have their starting QB Kevin Prince back after he missed the last game.

Cal has looked good on both sides of the football. Their defense has allowed 18 points a game, 29th in the nation. Their offense is scoring an average of 36 points a game which is 26th in the nation. Their passing game has looked decent in averaging 219.3 yards a game, 67th overall. Their rushing game has looked great averaging 190 yards a game which is 34th overall. Look for Junior RB Shane Vereen to see the ball early and often. Vereen has 426 yards with 6 TDs on the ground. He also is dangerous catching the ball as he has 68 yards with another 2 TDS.

Look for Senior QB Kevin Riley to be the X-factor for Cal in this one. Riley has 848 yards with 8 TDs and 4 Ints. I would have to imagine that with the extra week, Cal would make this one of the easier football picks. They started out well and scuffled the last two games. Look for the Bears defense to stack the box and shut down the Bruin running game.

Free College Football Pick: California -7.5

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