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College Football Betting Preview: UCLA Bruins vs. San Diego St Aztecs

September 9, 2023


This matchup features two undefeated teams as the 1-0 UCLA Bruins travel to take on the 2-0 San Diego State Aztecs in week 2 of the college football season. UCLA got a win in week 1 at home against the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers by a score of 27-13 while the San Diego State Aztecs got a win in week 0 at home against the Ohio Bobcats and a win in week 1 at home against the Idaho State Bengals by a score of 36-28. 

Will the UCLA Bruins win in a blowout on the road or will the Aztecs keep the game closer than Vegas projects? Let’s take a deeper dive into how these teams are performing this season.

The UCLA Bruins enter this game with a record of 1-0 following a 27-13 win at home against the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers, however, the Bruins failed to cover the spread as a 15.5-point favorite at home. UCLA scored 27 points while compiling 417 total yards offensively which included 264 passing yards and 153 rushing yards while allowing 13 points and 345 total yards defensively which included 289 passing yards and 56 rushing yards. 

Dante Moore led the team in passing, completing 7 of 12 attempts for 143 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. Carson Steele led the team in rushing with 13 carries for 76 yards while adding four receptions for 20 yards and a touchdown. J. Michael Sturdivant led the team in receiving, catching five of ten targets for 1363 yards and a touchdown.

San Diego State enters this game with a record of 2-0 following wins at home against the Ohio Bobcats by a score of 20-13 and against the Idaho State Bengals, an FCS team, by a score of 36-28, however, the Aztecs failed to cover the 34.5-point spread as a home favorite against the Idaho State Bengals. 

The Aztecs scored 36 points while compiling 392 total yards offensively which included 87 passing yards and 305 rushing yards while allowing 28 points and 343 total yards defensively which included 309 passing yards and 34 rushing yards. Jalen Mayden led the team in passing, completing 13 of 19 attempts for 87 yards while also leading the team in rushing with 132 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns. Martin Blake led the team in receiving, catching all three targets for 40 yards.

BookMaker has the UCLA Bruins listed as 14.5-point favorites on the road against the San Diego State Aztecs on Saturday in week 2 of the college football season. UCLA has won five of the six games all-time and two of the last three games in the series while going 5-1 ATS all-time and 2-1 ATS in the last three matchups. 

UCLA is 0-1 ATS overall and 0-1 ATS as a favorite this season after finishing last season with a record of 6-7 ATS overall, 2-2 ATS on the road, and 4-5 ATS as a favorite while the San Diego Aztecs are 1-1 ATS overall this season after finishing last year with a record of 5-8 ATS overall, 2-5 ATS at home, and 3-3 ATS as an underdog.

UCLA is the more talented team and has been the better team in the series, winning five of the six games all-time and two of the last three games. The Bruins are 5-1 ATS all-time and 2-1 ATS in the last three games in the series. As a result, I am buying the .5 point and taking the UCLA Bruins -14 on BookMaker for this matchup on Saturday evening.

Spooky Express Pick: UCLA Bruins -14