Oregon vs. UCLA Week 8 Prediction
If the Pac-12 has any hope of crashing the college football playoff party this year, No. 10 Oregon needs to avoid suffering a second loss when it takes on UCLA at 3:30 p.m. ET on Saturday. That said, the Ducks are underdogs today in Pasadena – will they pull off the small upset?
377 Oregon Ducks (+1) at 378 UCLA Bruins (-1); o/u 60.5
3:30 p.m. ET, Saturday, October 23, 2021
Rose Bowl, Pasadena, CA
Oregon Ducks Game Notes
Oregon senior QB Anthony Brown completed 20-of-28 passes for 244 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions as Oregon defeated Cal 24-17 on Friday night. Things got good in this one late, after Cal took a 17-10 lead to start the fourth quarter. Brown (6'3/226) and the Ducks promptly responded with a scoring drive of their own that was capped when Brown connected with wide receiver Jaylon Redd on a beautifully thrown 20-yard touchdown catch over two defenders in the end zone to tie things up. On Oregon’s ensuing drive following a Cal punt, the Ducks drove down the field again, this time on an 11-yard rushing touchdown by Brown to put Cal up 24-17 late. That ended up being the game winner for Oregon (5-1), as Brown finished his evening with 13 carries for 44 yards and one rushing touchdown. Oregon now prepares for a road matchup next week against UCLA.
UCLA Bruins Game Notes
UCLA junior QB Dorian Thompson-Robinson completed 21-of-26 passes for 183 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions in Saturday's 24-17 win at Washington. Thompson-Robinson (6'1/205) also rushed 12 times for 87 yards and a touchdown. But the biggest play for DTR came midway through the fourth quarter, hitting WR Greg Dulcich for a 9-yard score to go ahead 24-17, capping off an impressive 13-play, 90-yard drive. The 80.8 completion percentage was easily DTR's best of the season, as his previous high-water mark was 65.6 percent in a loss to Arizona State Oct. 2. The Bruins are back in action against Oregon next Saturday at the Rose Bowl.
Oregon vs. UCLA Betting Prediction
The Ducks have covered in five of their last seven games at UCLA, are 4-1 against the number in their last five games as an underdog and are 6-2 against the spread in their last eight games when facing an opponent with a winning record. On the other side, the Bruins are 10-21 at the betting window in their last 31 games as a favorite, are 1-4 against the number in their last five games when facing an opponent with a winning record and are 3-9 ATS in their last 12 games as a home favorite.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL WEEK 8 PREDICTION: OREGON DUCKS +1