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#165 UCLA vs.
#166 Washington
Saturday, October 16, 2021 at 8:30pm EDT
Written by The Admiral

UCLA Bruins (4-2) vs. Washington Huskies (2-3)

The UCLA Bruins will be looking for their second straight victory when they take on the Washington Huskies on Saturday. UCLA defeated Arizona last Saturday, 34-16. The Huskies saw their two-game winning streak come to an end when they lost Oregon State two weeks ago, 27-24.

Washington enters this contest as 2.0-point favorites. The Huskies have won each of the last two meetings between these teams, including a 31-24 victory in October in 2018. UCLA has not defeated Washington since a 44-30 victory back in November 2014.

Bruins Dominate Second Half to Crush Wildcats

UCLA held a one-point lead at the half, then turned on the jets following the break, dominating by outscoring Arizona by 17 points on their way to a 34-16 victory. UCLA held Arizona to just three points after the break. The Bruins rushed for 329 yards and threw for only 82. The ground attack was brutal, led by Brittain Brown who rushed for 146 yards on just 12 carries. Zach Charbonnet had a big day as well, carrying the ball 21 times for 117 yards. Quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson threw for a touchdown and ran for two others.

UCLA is averaging 35.2 points and 433.5 yards of offense per game. The rushing attack has led the way for the Bruins, averaging 224.5 yards per game, the 18th best in the nation. Thompson-Robinson has been solid at the quarterback position, completing 57.1% of his passes for 1236 yards and 11 touchdowns. He has thrown only two interceptions in 140 pass attempts.

The UCLA quarterback has really only two primary weapons. Kyle Phillips has 24 catches for 369 yards and six touchdowns and Greg Dulcich has 19 catches for 349 yards. No other receiver has more than six catches. The rushing attack is led by Charbonnet who has. Rushed for 566 yard and seven touchdowns, averaging 6.4 yards per carry Brown is second with 442 yards and a 6.3 yards per carry average.

The defense is allowing 26.5 points per game, 75th in the country, and they are 83rd at 401.0 yards per game. The Bruins have 12.5 sacks, five interceptions and seven fumble recoveries. Bo Calvert has 3.0 sacks to lead the team.

Beavers Rally to Down Huskies

Washington scored 14 fourth-quarter points to rally to take a 24-17 lead. However, a 27-yard touchdown run by B.J. Baylor tied the score with 6:35 left in the game and Everett Hayes hit a 24-yard field goal as time expired to give Oregon State the victory. Sean McGrew rushed for 104 yards and two touchdowns in the loss.

The Huskies offense is averaging 24.8 points per game, 92nd in the country, and they are 86th in yards per game at 375.2. Dylan Morris leads the offense, completing 58.9% of his passes for 1262 yards and seven touchdowns. He has thrown six interceptions, however. His primary target has been Taj Davis, who has 20 catches for 262 yards. Three other receivers have at least 13 catches.

The running game has struggled for the Huskies. McGrew leads the team with 188 yards rushing and a 4.9 yards per carry average. He has scored six touchdowns on just 38 carries.

The Washington defense is allowing 19.6 points per game, 29th overall, and they are 35th in total yards at 326.8 yards per game. The defense has recorded only nine sacks and has four interceptions and five fumble recoveries. Faatui Tuitele leads the team with 3.0 sacks. Kyler Gordon has two interceptions.

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Washington enters the contest as a slight favorite, but the trends have not been with them lately. They are 1-4 ATS in their last five games as the favorite and 1-4 ATS in their last five games at home. They are also 1-6 ATS in their last seven games. Meanwhile, UCLA is 4-0 ATS in their last four games on the road and 4-0 ATS in their last four games against teams with a losing record.

UCLA clearly has the better offense in this game. While the Huskies have played well on defense, allowing just 19.6 points per game, the Bruins can exploit that. Washington is allowing 179.6 yards rushing per game, and that feeds right into what the Bruins want to do. Because Morris and the Washington offense has been mediocre at best, UCLA is clearly the favorite and will win this game.

Prediction: Take the UCLA Bruins (+2.0) (-110)

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These teams have gone over in each of the last four meetings. These teams are averaging close to 60 points per game combined, but you are also looking at two solid defensive teams. Washington has one of the best groups in the country, 29th in total points allowed while UCLA is allowing 26.5 points per contest.

The UCLA defense is 14th in the nation, allowing 93.2 yards per game, and they will totally shut off any chance the Huskies have at establishing a running game. That puts the ball in Morrisโ€™ hands, which is not a good formula for Washington.

Take UCLA to win, 27-17.

Prediction: under 54.5 (-120)
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