UCLA Season Odds
(TheSpread) – The UCLA Bruins have seen a recent reemergence on the national scene. Can UCLA take another step forward in the 2013 College Football Season?
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, UCLA has been given 50/1 odds to win the 2014 BCS National Championship. The Bruins have also been given odds of +700 to win the Pac-12 Championship and a money line of +250 to win the Pac-12 South Division. UCLA’s over/under for wins in 2013 have been set at 7.5.
UCLA is in its second season with Jim Mora as head coach. The Bruins are coming off a 9-5 record in his first season, which included an appearance in the Pac-12 Championship Game. In 2013, the Bruins bring back 13 starters and have hopes to make a run at the Pac-12 title again.
Offensively, UCLA averaged 34.4 points and 467 yards per game in 2012. This year’s unit has seven starters back, but loses running back Johnathan Franklin. Franklin rushed for 1,734 yards and 13 touchdowns last year. What UCLA does have back is quarterback Brett Hundley. The sophomore threw for 3,740 yards and 29 touchdowns as a freshman and he comes into 2013 as a Heisman Trophy contender. Hundley has been given 33/1 odds to win the award this season. Hundley has four starters back on his offensive line, but will be working in some new receivers. If he can develop chemistry with his new targets and still have a consistent running game, Hundley will have a big year.
On defense, UCLA struggled in 2012, allowing 27.6 points and 416 yards per game. This year’s unit has just five starters back, with all five coming in the front seven. Linebacker Eric Kendricks is back to lead the defense, coming off 150 tackles in 2012. Anthony Barr also returns after picking up 13.5 sacks in 2012. The concern for UCLA will be in the secondary, where it is working in all new starters after allowing 251 passing yards per game last season.
When it comes to the schedule, UCLA looks to have a tough road to eight wins and a potential conference title. The Bruins open at home with Nevada before heading to Nebraska for its toughest non-conference game. In Pac-12 play, UCLA will have road trips to Stanford, Oregon, Arizona and USC to deal with. It toughest conference game at home will be Arizona State. If, and it is a big if, the Bruins can pick up some big road wins, it can contend for the conference title. However, it looks very doubtful that UCLA will be able to contend for the BCS title.
For a look at the odds for the UCLA Bruins during the 2013 College Football Season, see below.
2013 College Football Season Odds – UCLA Bruins
BCS National Champion Odds: 50/1
Pac-12 Conference Champion Odds: +700
Pac-12 South Division Champion Odds: +250
Win Total: Over/Under 7.5
Heisman Trophy Odds: QB Brett Hundley 33/1