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College Football Betting Preview: Utah Utes vs. UCLA Bruins

September 23, 2023


The matchup features a pair of Top 25 and undefeated Pac-12 teams when the UCLA Bruins travel to take on the Utah Utes on Saturday afternoon in week 4 of the college football season. 

The UCLA Bruins enter this game with a record of 3-0 with wins at home against the Coastal Carolina Carolina Chanticleers by a score of 27-13 and the NC Central Eagles by a score of 59-7 while winning on the road against the San Diego State Aztecs by a score of 35-10 while the Utah Utes enter this game with a record of 3-0 following wins at home against the Florida Gators by a score of 24-11 and the Weber State Wildcats by a score of 31-7 while winning on the road against the Baylor Bears by a score of 20-13. Which team will improve to 4-0 with a win in this matchup in week 4 of the college football season? Let’s take a closer look at how these teams are faring this season.

The UCLA Bruins enter this game ranked 22nd in the AP Poll and 25th in the Coaches Poll with a record of 3-0 following a 59-7 win at home against the NC Central Eagles while covering the 35-point spread as a home favorite in week 3 of the college football season. UCLA scored 59 points while compiling 614 total yards offensively which included 210 passing yards and 404 rushing yards while allowing 7 points and 232 total yards defensively which included 142 passing yards and 90 rushing yards. Dante Moore led the team in passing, completing 8 of 12 attempts for 182 yards and two touchdowns. Anthony Adkins led the team in rushing with 10 carries for 96 yards and a touchdown. Kam Brown led the team in receiving, catching both targets for 74 yards and a touchdown.

Utah enters this game ranked 11th in the AP Poll and 10th in the Coaches Poll with a record of 3-0 following a 31-7 win at home against the Weber State Wildcats while failing to cover the 26.5-point spread as a home favorite in week 3 of the college football season. The Utes scored 31 points while compiling 424 total yards offensively which included 193 passing yards and 231 rushing yards while allowing 7 points and 127 total yards defensively which included 66 passing yards and 61 rushing yards. Nate Johnson led the team in passing, completing 13 of 21 attempts for 193 yards and a touchdown while also leading the team in rushing with 71 yards rushing and a touchdown. Munir McClain led the team in receiving, catching all three targets for 92 yards.

BookMaker has the Utah Utes listed as 5-point favorites at home against the UCLA Bruins on Saturday afternoon in week 4 of the college football season. Utah has won six of the last ten and two of the last three games in the series while going 7-3 ATS in the last ten and 2-1 ATS in the last three matchups. UCLA is 2-1 ATS overall and 1-0 ATS on the road this season while the Utah Utes are 1-1-1 ATS overall, 1-1 ATS at home, and 1-1-1 ATS as a favorite on the year.

Utah is the slightly more talented team this season and has been the better team in the series, winning six of the last ten and two of the last three games. The Utes are 7-3 ATS in the last ten and 2-1 ATS in the last three games in the series. As a result, I am taking the Utah Utes -5 on BookMaker for this matchup on Saturday afternoon.

Spooky Express Pick: Utah Utes -5