The OVER has gone 6-1-1 in the UCLA Bruins’ last eight Week 1 games as they open their season as heavy favorites against the Virginia Cavaliers for the second straight year this weekend.
The two clubs met for the first time in Week 1 of the 2014 campaign, with the Bruins claiming a 28-20 road victory but failing to cover as 18-point favorites.
That loss proved to be a harbinger of worse things to come for the Cavaliers, who collapsed down the stretch with five SU losses in their final six contests after opening the season with a 4-2 SU record and six straight ATS victories.
While Virginia looks to rebound, the Bruins will look to build on their second straight 10-3 SU season in 2014 but have a lot of room to improve on a dismal 5-8 ATS record, including zero ATS wins when favored by more than 6.5 points.
UCLA also tallied a mediocre 3-3 SU record at home in 2014, going 2-4 ATS and losing outright twice as home favorites.
Opening Odds & Computer Pick
Sportsbooks such as BetOnline had set the UCLA Bruins as -14.5-point favorites on the opening betting line for this contest. Watch for over-under updates and superior underdogs lines at Bodog.
Handicapping prediction models run by the computers at Odds – VSB
pick a 32-21 result in favor of the Bruins. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NCAAF matchups here.
Virginia Cavaliers vs UCLA Bruins Matchup
Team Betting Records & Power Rankings
Supporters of the Virginia Cavaliers have seen them go 5-7 and 7-5 ATS so far this season, while the UCLA Bruins are at 10-3 and 5-8 ATS. In totals betting, the Bruins are 5-8, while the Cavaliers are 4-8. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and UCLA vs Virginia injuries news.
The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the UCLA Bruins rated this week at No. 33 and the Virginia Cavaliers sitting at No. 61.
The game also pits UCLA’s No. 36-ranked offense, averaging 33.46 PPG, against a Virginia defense that ranks No. 33 this week at 24.08 PPG. The UCLA aerial game is averaging 258.31 yards per game, more than the Virginia Cavaliers secondary allows through the air, 232.5 YPG per game.
In comparing defenses, the Virginia Cavaliers own the league’s No. 6-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 108.75 yards per game when on the road. UCLA, on the other hand, rates No. 43 this week in generating rushing yards at home.
Recent Outings Betting Recap
The Cavaliers suffered a Week 14 loss against Virginia Tech in their last game, falling 24-20 at Lane Stadium.
Jake Waters led the way last time out for the Wildcats, connecting for 338 passing yards, but failing to earn the victory in a 40-35 loss to the Wildcats at Alamodome.
- Virginia is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games
- Virginia is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Virginia’s last 7 games
- Virginia is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
- UCLA is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
- UCLA is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 6 of UCLA’s last 9 games
- UCLA is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games at home
Next Betting Matchups
Virginia home to Notre Dame, Saturday, September 12th
UCLA at UNLV, Saturday, September 12th