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This season two of my colleagues — Steve Rivera of GOAZCATS.com and Anthony Gimino of TucsonNewsNow.com — and I will pick the outcomes of Pac-12 games. Odds listed are of the Westgate Superbook in Las Vegas. …
NO. 9 UCLA (3-0, 0-0) AT
NO. 16 ARIZONA (3-0, 0-0)
5 p.m., ABC
Pointspread: UCLA favored by 2
The spread started at 4.5 points in favor of UCLA but has dipped to 2 points now for the Bruins, who have won three consecutive games against the Wildcats under Jim Mora.
The news of Myles Jack’s season-ending knee injury and the return of Scooby Wright from his knee injury has a lot do with the change. ESPN radio announced this morning that 67 percent of the public has picked Arizona in Las Vegas since the line came out last Sunday.
Some details of the game with a betting angle:
— The Wildcats are 0-6 against the spread (ATS) the last two seasons after covering two out of their last 3 games and have lost those games by an average of 12.4 points per game.
— Rich Rodriguez coached teams are 2-15 ATS against defenses that are allowing 14.0 points per game or less and his teams have lost these games by an average of 17.8 points per game.
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SCRIBES SPREAD SELECTION STANDINGS
SU: Straight-up pick. ATS: Against-the-spread pick.
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— UCLA offense ranks 31st in the country with an average of 477.0 yards per game. Arizona’s last two games have come against a Nevada team that currently ranks 93rd in total offense and an FCS foe in Northern Arizona.
My pick: Arizona will defeat UCLA and cover.
Steve Rivera’s pick: UCLA will win and cover.
Anthony Gimino’s pick: UCLA will win and cover.