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LA Bowl Betting Preview: Boise St Broncos vs. UCLA Bruins

December 16, 2023

The 2023 LA Bowl will take place on Saturday evening when the UCLA Bruins play the Boise State Broncos in Inglewood, California at SoFi Stadium with the game kicking off at 7:30 PM ET and will air on ABC.

The UCLA Bruins enter this game with a record of 7-5 which led to a 7th-place finish in the Pac-12, however, they lost three of their last four games to end the regular season including a 7-33 loss at home against the Cal Bears. UCLA’s inconsistency this season led to their record, however, they had one of the better-scoring defenses in college football. 

They allowed an average of 18.08 points per game which ranked 15th in college football, however, they had a below-average scoring offense as they averaged 25.75 points per game, however, they had one of the best rushing offenses as they averaged 190.83 rushing yards per game while Carson Steele and T.J. Harden combined for one of the best running back duos in college football this season as they combined for 1,568 yards and 12 touchdowns. The Bruins will look to bounce back following the loss against the Cal Bears when they face the Boise State Broncos in the LA Bowl.

Boise State finished in 1st place in the Mountain West with a record of 8-5 and finished the regular season on a four-game winning streak which included a 44-20 win against the UNLV Rebels in the Mountain West Championship game. The success of the Boise State Broncos this season can be attributed to an above-average scoring offense and an above-average scoring defense as they enter this game averaging 32.92 points per game while allowing an average of 24.85 points per game. 

The success the Broncos had offensively can be attributed to their rushing offense as they enter this game having averaged 214.69 rushing yards per game which ranked 6th in college football. Ashton Jeanty was their offensive leader as he led the team in rushing with 1,266 yards and 14 touchdowns. The Boise State Broncos will look to extend their winning streak to five games when they place the UCLA Bruins in the LA Bowl on Saturday evening.

BookMaker has the UCLA Bruins listed as 4-point favorites against the Boise State Broncos in the LA Bowl on Saturday evening. These teams have only played each other once before this matchup which occurred in 1999 and resulted in a 38-7 win for the UCLA Bruins at home while covering the 29-point spread as a favorite. The UCLA Bruins are 5-7 ATS overall and 4-5 ATS as a favorite this season while the Boise State Broncos are 7-4-2 ATS overall and 1-2-1 ATS as an underdog on the year.

Boise State enters this game on a four-game winning streak while UCLA has lost three of their last four games. The Broncos have also been the better team at covering the spread this season as they are 7-4-2 ATS overall while the Bruins are 5-7 ATS overall. Take the points with the Boise State Broncos when they face the UCLA Bruins in the LA Bowl on Saturday evening. 

Spooky Express Pick: Boise State Broncos +4