While the college football playoffs have proven to be a real success, we are beginning to reach the point where fans want to see it expanded a little. There are some who would like to see all the Power 5 Conference champions represented, as well as others who would like to see some Group of Five teams given a seat at the playoff table. There are not likely to be any changes made for quite some time, which means that the Power 5 are going to continue to rule the roost, which also means that at least one conference is going to miss out every year.
It has been the PAC-12 that has been the odd man out for a couple of seasons and it’s beginning to look as though it may be more of the same this season. The Oregon Ducks are the only team in the conference with a shot right now, as they are destined to be in the Conference Championship Game. Their opponent may well be either the UCLA Bruins or Utah Utes, so it goes without saying that this game is huge. The Utes are in as a big 21 ½ point favorite, with the point total set at 52.
UCLA vs Utah 2019 College Football Week 12 Betting Lines & Analysis
Why bet on the UCLA Bruins?
Even though the UCLA Bruins are just 4-5 on the season, they are still in the hunt for a shot at a place in the PAC-12 Conference Championship Game, although they need to win for this one and hope for some help in the final couple of weeks. The Bruins are 4-2 in conference play after coming up with big wins in each of their last 3 games.
While they are in as a heavy underdog here, but it should be noted that they did have a signature win over a ranked opponent during their 3-game win streak, a 42-32 win over the #24 ranked Arizona State Sun Devils. The Bruins have not had a lot of success against Utah in recent seasons, going 1-4 SU and ATS in their last 5 meetings. Overall, they are 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6.
- Points per Game: 29.33
- Passing Yards: 235.67
- Rushing Yards: 170.78
- Yards per Play: 5.44
- Points per Game: 32.00
- Passing Yards: 294.33
- Rushing Yards: 137.22
- Yards per Play: 6.32
Why bet on the Utah Utes?
The Utah Utes are in the driving seat in their division in the PAC-12 with a 5-1 record to this point. It’s a bit of a fragile lead, though, as their lone loss came at the hands of the USC Trojans, the team sitting right behind them in second in the division. Since that loss, though, the Utes have been on a tear, winning 5 in a row and covering the spread in all 5 of those games.
Covering the spread is something that the Utes have been adept at in their last 10 meetings with the Bruins, covering in 7 of those games, while going 6-4 SU. As far as the point total goes, it is the UNDER that has been the norm when these two meet, with 6 of the last 8 going that route.
- Points per Game: 33.11
- Passing Yards: 238.67
- Rushing Yards: 207.11
- Yards per Play: 6.70
- Points per Game: 12.22
- Passing Yards: 190.33
- Rushing Yards: 56.00
- Yards per Play: 4.36
UCLA vs Utah College Football Week 12 Betting Trends
- Bruins are 6-12 SU in their last 18 games played on a Saturday
- Bruins are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games played in week 12
- The total has gone OVER in 4 of California-Los Angeles’ last 6 games
- Utes are 4-1 SU in their last 5 games played in November
- Utes are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games played on a Saturday
- The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Utah’s last 5 games played in week 12
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction for UCLA vs Utah
Both of these teams are on a positive run of form at the moment, but it is Utah who appear to be the stronger of the two teams. With that in mind, I am taking the Utes to win and cover the spread.
Score: UCLA Bruins 14 Utah Utes 42