LSU vs. UCLA Week 1 Prediction
The UCLA Bruins won their season opener last Saturday in a run-away but that their opponent was Hawaii. With LSU on deck tonight, will UCLA come through for bettors again or is there a better play on the board?
213 LSU Tigers (-2.5) at 214 UCLA Bruins (+2.5); o/u 64.5
8:30 p.m. ET, Saturday, September 4, 2021
Rose Bowl, Pasadena, CA
LSU Tigers Game Notes
LSU sophomore RB John Emery (undisclosed) is expected to be available for Saturday's game at UCLA. The Tigers, who were forced to move their practices to Houston due to Hurricane Ida, are now in a good place when it comes to their running back depth is concerned. In addition to Emery (6'0/215), Tyrion Davis-Price was also able to participate fully in the team's practices. Emery, who rushed for 378 yards and three touchdowns with an average of 5.0 yards per carry last season, was limited during the early part of spring practice after undergoing shoulder surgery.
UCLA Bruins Game Notes
UCLA junior QB Dorian Thompson-Robinson connected on 10-of-20 passes for 130 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 44-10 win over Hawaii. Hawaii's offense was so ineffective, and UCLA's run offense was so dominant. that Thompson-Robinson didn't have much to do outside of take advantage of obvious coverage breakdowns. Outside of a 13-yard run, DTR didn't do a lot of work on the ground, so he'll be plenty fresh for next week's enormous matchup against LSU. Presumably the Tigers are more concerned about that matchup than they were 24 hours ago.
LSU vs. UCLA Betting Prediction
The Bruins are now 5-2 against the spread in their last seven games overall, are 6-2-2 against the number in their last 10 games following an ATS win and are a perfect 7-0 at the betting window in their last seven games after accumulating more than 200 yards rushing in their previous contest.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL WEEK 1 PREDICTION: UCLA BRUINS +2.5