Utah can take a big step toward the Pac-12 South Division title with its fifth straight win over UCLA. The Utes have scored 200 points during their streak against the Bruins. UCLA senior quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson is banged up but will likely play after a strong practice Wednesday, a development which could affect the college football odds.
|UCLA||+6½ (-110)||+200||60½ (-110)|
|Utah||-6½ (-110)||-240||60½ (-110)|
Utah has covered in four straight meetings after a 49-3 rout in 2019. Tight end Brant Kuithe had five catches for a career-high 132 yards, including a 69-yard touchdown, in that game. Thompson-Robinson was 20 for 36 for 219 yards and threw two interceptions while being sacked five times. The Utes have won eight of the 11 get-togethers since joining the Pac-12 in 2011.
Next game: vs. Colorado
UCLA was as high as a 2½-point favorite before the line fell to one. The late money was correct as No. 7 Oregon prevailed 34-31. The game snuck over the 62 total. Thompson-Robinson took countless hits and was sacked four times before leaving the game in the fourth quarter. The Bruins couldn’t get much going on the ground with senior running back Brittain Brown and Thompson-Robinson combining for 80 of the 110 yards. The duo, though, totaled three touchdowns.
Thompson was favoring his right throwing shoulder as he exited the field during the fourth quarter last week. He was seen at practice Tuesday wearing a wrap on his right hand after only wearing a glove Monday. He was throwing passes at practice Wednesday, a good sign but not a sure one that he will play.
Next game: at Stanford
Utah laid an egg at Oregon State by blowing a 10-point lead in a 42-34 loss that soared over the 58 total. The Utes had won against the spread in their previous two games. Utah led 24-14 at halftime before falling behind 42-31 with 9 minutes, 49 seconds to play. Sophomore quarterback Cameron Rising threw for 267 yards and two touchdowns, including one to Kuithe.
Offensive lineman Jaren Kump is questionable with a leg injury. The 306-pound freshman has missed the last two games after starting the previous four..
Betting on the Game
Thompson-Robinson’s status has already caused the spread to grow two points – a pretty significant move when it comes to betting online. If he cannot go, it appears that Ethan Garbers will call the signals. The 6-foot-3 freshman replaced Thompson-Robinson last week, completing 2 of 5 passes before throwing the loss-sealing interception with 48 seconds left.
UCLA is 2-0 as an underdog this season, beating LSU 38-27 at home as a +2½ underdog on Sept. 4 and winning at Washington 24-17 at +1½ on Oct. 16.
Even though the line is higher in this game, it will more than likely be a tougher cover – even if Thompson-Robinson is able to play. It doesn’t seem the total in the Las Vegas odds is high enough. Utah has scored at least 34 points in each of its last three games and has averaged 38½ in its last two in Salt Lake City.
Also, its last four games against a winning team have gone over. Garbers has the ability to rise to the occasion and help the Bruins do their share toward a high-scoring affair.
The over is 6-1 in UCLA’s last seven games against a team with a winning record. Something has to give as the Bruins are 3-0 on the road and the Utes 3-0 at home. It is hard to endorse UCLA in this spot, regardless of who runs the offense. There is little value in a moneyline bet on Utah as far as college football picks go.