It’s been over a decade since two former Big 12 Conference rivals, the Nebraska Cornhuskers and the Oklahoma Sooners, collided on the gridiron to decide the conference champion of the 2010 season. The Sooners won that game and denied the Cornhuskers a shot at the Big 12 title in their final season in the conference before transferring to the Big Ten the year after. The two decorated programs will face one another in what should be an instant classic.
With that, NitroBetting prepares for another weekend of college football and provides you with the hottest game previews. Right below, you can find all the necessary information to lock in on the best picks. We start you off with event details and team and player statistics, followed by the latest NCAAF betting odds, betting trends, and betting predictions. Check the out latest 2021 College Football odds at out online Bitcoin sportsbook.
Fresno State vs. UCLA Game Information
- When: Saturday, September 18, 2021, 10:45 PM ET
- Where: Rose Bowl Stadium, Pasadena, California
- TV: PAC12
- Radio: KFIG 940 AM (Fresno State) / 97.3 THE FAN (UCLA)
- Live Stream: PAC12 Network
- College Football Odds: Fresno State Bulldogs (+10.0) / UCLA Bruins (-10.0)
Why Bet on the Fresno State Bulldogs?
The Bulldogs are still fresh off their 63-10 win over Cal Poly last week. In that game, Jake Haener threw for an incredible 380 yards on 17-of-22 passing. In the process, the quarterback secured 4 touchdowns. Leading the receiving corps was Josh Kelly with 127 yards with a pair of touchdowns on 3 receptions. Meanwhile, scoring a touchdown each is the trio of Zane Pope, Jalen Cropper, and Keric Wheatfall, who also combined for 218 receiving yards.
Fresno State pulled off impressive rushing plays as well, which was spearheaded by Ronnie Rivers. The senior running back topped the unit with 64 yards on 14 carries and a touchdown. Additionally, Jake Haener and Jordan Wilmore successfully scored 2 touchdowns and 1 touchdown, respectively, on top of 73 rushing yards.
Evan Williams led the Bulldogs’ defense with 5 solo tackles. He’s followed by Bralyn Lux and Elijah Gates who had 4 solo tackles apiece. Making things more difficult for their opponents was Kevin Atkins. The defensive tackle ended his night with 2 sacks, while Leonard Payne added another sack. Nevertheless, if the team wants to keep UCLA at bay, the defense should remain in top form.
Why Bet on the UCLA Bruins?
The hosts will try to add to their 38-27 win against LSU from their last game. Dorian Thompson-Robinson did an amazing job of keeping his team in the game. The quarterback recorded a total of 260 yards on 9 of 16 passing, 3 touchdowns, and a crucial interception. For targets, he had the expertise of Greg Dulcich who ran for 117 yards on 3 receptions and a touchdown.
Wide receiver Kyle Philips was right behind him with 49 yards and a touchdown on 2 receptions. But it was the rushing play that pulled the Bruins out of the rut as Zach Charbonnet rushed for 117 yards on 11 carries and a touchdown. Brittain Brown trailed him by less than 30 yards on 17 carries and a touchdown.
On defense, Quentin Lake managed to grab 7 tackles (6 solo) before closing the game. Mitchell Agude and Qwuantrezz Knight got hold of 5 solo tackles each, with the former snagging a sack. Additionally, Bo Calvert is the other player to write down a sack for the Bruins to go with his 3 solo tackles. Having a more consistent offense and defense makes the UCLA worthy favorites.
Fresno State vs. UCLA Betting Trends
- Fresno State is 2-3 in its last 5 away games.
- Fresno State is 3-2 against the spread in its last 5 away games.
- The totals have gone over in 3 of Fresno State’s last 5 games.
- North UCLA is 3-2 in its last 5 home games.
- North UCLA is 3-2 against the spread in its last 5 home games.
- The totals have gone under in 3 of North UCLA’s last 5 games.
Fresno State vs. UCLA Expert Betting Predictions
The two teams showed great offenses in the past few weeks, but the Bruins show the better balance of the two thanks to a more resilient defensive unit. However, Fresno is no slouch under the supervision of Kalen DeBoer, so covering the spread should be doable for the team. As long as they keep things tight, they can put pressure on UCLA. But if they show enough lapses, the Bruins can easily pull away and make the spread out of their reach.
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