UCLA vs. Oregon prediction: Chip Kelly will beat former team

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LAS VEGAS — It took 4 years to crook the corner, but UCLA yet appears headed for its archetypal winning play for manager Chip Kelly, and a Pac-12 rubric is wrong reach.

Kelly indispensable bushed his erstwhile team, Oregon, to genuinely marque a statement. He posted a 46-7 grounds astatine Oregon from 2009 to 2012, but he’s 0-2 against the Ducks arsenic the UCLA coach. The teams conscionable Saturday day astatine the Rose Bowl, wherever matters volition beryllium concern and idiosyncratic for Kelly.

The Bruins (5-2) are 2-2 successful Pasadena, the 2 losses back-to-back against Arizona State and Fresno State. UCLA upped its roadworthy grounds to 3-0 by beating Washington 24-17 past week arsenic backmost Dorian Thompson-Robinson accounted for 3 touchdowns and Zach Charbonnet rushed for 131 yards. A Bruins defence that has looked atrocious astatine times was amended by limiting the Huskies to a season-low 267 yards.

Oregon’s discourtesy volition beryllium tougher to contain, adjacent with prima moving backmost CJ Verdell retired with a season-ending injury. Travis Dye replaced Verdell past week and ran for 145 yards arsenic the Ducks, 14-point favorites, rallied to bushed California 24-17. Anthony Brown passed for 244 yards and rushed for 44 more, truthful UCLA’s defence volition person its hands afloat with Brown and Dye.

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The Bruins astir pulled disconnected an upset past twelvemonth earlier losing 38-35 arsenic 17-point underdogs astatine Oregon. The constituent dispersed has taken a melodramatic displacement this year. Circa Sports opened the Ducks -2 earlier crisp wealth flipped the Bruins to tiny favorites. Oregon (1-5 ATS) stunned Ohio State 35-28 arsenic 15-point roadworthy ’dogs connected Sept. 11 for its lone screen this season.

The pick: UCLA -1.5.

Northwestern (+23.5) implicit MICHIGAN

It’s communal for Wolverines manager Jim Harbaugh to get blimpish and beryllium connected leads, and he’ll apt bash it again with a bigger crippled astatine Michigan State connected deck. The Wildcats showed immoderate beingness past week erstwhile Ryan Hilinski passed for 267 yards and 2 touchdowns successful a 21-7 triumph implicit Rutgers.

OREGON STATE (+3) implicit Utah

Cameron Rising, a Texas transfer, moved his grounds to 3-0 arsenic the starting backmost by rallying the Utes to a 35-21 triumph implicit Arizona State past week. Utah hosts UCLA connected Oct. 30 successful the astir important crippled remaining successful the Pac-12 South race, truthful this is simply a tricky sandwich spot for Utah. It would beryllium a mistake to place the Beavers, who are 3-0 astatine location and disconnected a bye week.

New Mexico State-HAWAII Over 61.5

The past crippled connected Saturday night’s committee should not beryllium boring. When these teams met a period agone successful Las Cruces, Hawaii won 41-21. In the Aggies’ 2 games since, against coagulated Nevada and San Jose State defenses, Jonah Johnson completed 68 of 106 passes for 725 yards and six touchdowns. The offenses play accelerated and the defenses are weak.

Last week: 2-1. Utah (W), Minnesota (W), Kansas State (L).
Season: 14-9-1.