College Football: CIN vs. UCLA
Cincinnati Bearcats (0-0) at UCLA Bruins (0-0)
September 1, 2018- 7:00 PM ET (TV ESPN) Rose Bowl Pasadena, CA
The Rose Bowl in Pasadena will be rocking come Saturday afternoon as the UCLA Bruins will welcome in the Cincinnati Bearcats for the start of a new era in a matchup that has the following betting lines from our best College Football odds;
The current public College Football consensus is in favor of the of the Bruins with a -660 moneyline.
After coming off a 4-8 season, the Bearcats will be seeking better fortunes in 2018 as they will open up the season on the road against what should be a fired-up UCLA team.
Underdogs at more than two touchdowns, Cincinnati will like nothing more than to pull off a big upset out West and build some confidence as they look to compete in the American Athletic Conference. Under center will be returning QB Hayden Moore, but as only five offensive starters return, the Bearcats may be hard-pressed trying to score points where they averaged 20.9 ppg last season on 351.8 total yards of offense per game.
On defense, the Bearcats return six starters where they allowed 31.8 points on 428.5 yards per contest as DL Marquise Copeland will be the anchor.
UCLA for their part is coming off a disappointing year where they finished with a 6-7 mark after losing in the Cactus Bowl by a 35-17 score to Kansas State. However, with the hiring of one of the game’s best coaches in Chip Kelly, Bruin fans everywhere have plenty of reason to be excited for what the future may bring?
With star quarterback Josh Rosen gone, the new duties to run Kelly’s wide-open offense is expected to fall on Devon Modster, who performed well in limited duties last season. UCLA, who averaged 32.5 points per game last year have the talent to compete on offense but will need to find answers on the defensive side where they allowed 36.6 points on 483.7 yards per game; numbers that will need to be improved if they want any shot of competing for a Pac-12 South title.
Both teams had major issues on the defensive side of the ball and will be looking for big improvement. Going to the odds for this CIN vs. UCLA matchup from our best sportsbooks, MyBookie is favoring the Bruins (-14.5) points over Cincinnati, with Bovada giving the visitors (+15) points. The Over/Under comes in at 64.0 total game points scored from BetNow.
Looking for Cincy to keep this one close, I will favor the Bearcats PLUS the points (+15) to cover the spread against UCLA as my best betting pick.