Holiday Bowl Betting Prediction
It’ll be the Pac-12 versus the ACC on Tuesday night when UCLA takes on N.C. State at 8:00 p.m. ET in the San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl from Petco Park in San Diego, CA. Are the Wolfpack a good play as a small favorite?
244 UCLA Bruins (+2) vs. 243 N.C. State Wolfpack (-2); o/u 59.5
8:00 p.m. ET, Tuesday, December 28, 2021
Petco Park, San Diego, CA
UCLA Bruins Game Notes
UCLA QB Dorian Thompson Robinson completed (16-of-22 passes for 349 yards and four touchdowns in a 62-33 victory over USC this Saturday. It was a memorable performance from Thompson-Robinson (6'1/205), as the junior signal caller led the Bruins to their first victory over the Trojans since 2018 and hang the highest point total that any team has ever scored on USC. Despite opening the game up with consecutive interceptions, DTR rebounded to account for six total touchdowns and 395 total yards. His best play came when he broke loose down the right sideline before planting on one foot and cleanly hurdling the USC defender standing between him and the goal line for the touchdown. The fourth-year signal caller has thrown for 7,377 yards and 123 total scores in his time as he caps his UCLA legacy with a resounding defeat of USC. DTR will look to cap off the regular season next Saturday in Pasadena against Cal.
N.C. State Wolfpack Game Notes
North Carolina State redshirt sophomore QB Devin Leary completed 19-of-30 passes for 247 yards and four touchdowns in a 34-30 win over North Carolina on Friday night. Leary (6'1/212) played well all night, exuding precise accuracy and flashing his powerful arm. In a back and forth contest, Leary found himself down nine with 2:02 remaining. It took him two plays to find Emeka Emezie get behind the defense for a 64-yard touchdown and just 26 seconds later, Leary found him again for a 24-yard score to take the lead for good. While Sam Howell is considered a top NFL prospect, Leary outplayed him with his arm and was the best player in the game tonight. NC State finds themselves still alive for an ACC Championship Game berth, but they need a loss on Saturday from Wake Forest.
UCLA vs. N.C. State Betting Prediction
The Wolfpack are 8-3-1 against the spread in their last 12 bowl games, are 6-1 against the number in their last seven neutral site games as a favorite and are 5-0 at the betting window in their last five bowl games as a favorite. On the other side, the Bruins are 2-5 against the spread in their last seven neutral site games, are 1-4 against the number in their last five games in December and are 1-6 ATS in their last seven games when facing a team with a winning record.
SAN DIEGO COUNTY CREDIT UNION HOLIDAY BOWL: NC STATE WOLFPACK -2