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The Colorado Buffaloes (4-3, 1-3 Pac-12) make their first trip to the Rose Bowl under head coach Deion Sanders to take on the No. 22 UCLA Bruins (5-2, 2-2 Pac-12) on Saturday. The Buffs are coming off a bye week, and will be looking to rebound from a 46-43 double overtime loss to Stanford on Oct. 13. Quarterback Shedeur Sanders threw for 400 yards and five touchdowns in the loss, and two-way star Travis Hunter caught 13 passes for 140 yards and two touchdowns. UCLA is looking to clinch bowl eligibility and build off its dominant 42-7 win over Stanford on Oct. 21. The Bruins enter this matchup ranked in the top-10 nationally in rushing offense and rushing defense. UCLA leads the all-time series 13-5 and has won two straight games against Colorado.
Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. ET on Friday. The Bruins are 15-point favorites in the latest SportsLine consensus UCLA vs. Colorado odds, while the over/under is 61 points. Before making any Colorado vs. UCLA picks, be sure to check out the college football predictions and betting advice from SportsLine football expert Jimmie Kaylor.
Kaylor is a NFL, college football and DFS expert for SportsLine, who has covered the NFL and college football for close to a decade as a member of the Pro Football Writers of America. His background as a former college football All-American and NFL player gives him a unique perspective when building his fantasy lineups and locking in his betting picks. As a Colorado native, he has his finger on the pulse of the local and national sports scene and has been cashing big on Denver area teams for the last two years.
Kaylor has been red-hot on his Colorado picks this season, going 15-6 on his best bets in the Buffs’ first seven games, including a 5-1 mark in the CU vs. USC game. He’s also 33-12-2 on all of his CFB best bets this season so far. Anyone who has followed his picks is way up.
Now, he has set his sights on Colorado vs. UCLA and just locked in its picks and CFB predictions. You can head to SportsLine now to see Kaylor’s picks. Here are several college football odds and betting lines for UCLA vs. Colorado:
Colorado vs. UCLA spread: UCLA -15Colorado vs. UCLA over/under: 61 pointsColorado vs. UCLA money line: Colorado +489, UCLA -708CU: WR Xavier Weaver has 50 catches for 631 yards and 4 TDs.UCLA: LB Laiatu Latu has 6.5 sacks.Colorado vs. UCLA picks: See picks at SportsLineColorado vs. UCLA live stream: fubo (try for free)
Why Colorado can cover
Colorado is coming off a bye week, which not only gave them extra time to prepare, but also allowed them to recover and get healthy. Cornerback/wide receiver Travis Hunter is now fully cleared to play on both sides of the ball without any limitations. Conditioning appeared to be a factor for Hunter in CU’s loss to Stanford, but the dynamic two-star did have the best offensive game of his college career catching 13 passes for 140 yards and two touchdowns.
Colorado also has an advantage at quarterback in the matchup, with Shedeur Sanders ranking as one of the top offensive players in college football. Sanders is the most-sacked quarterback in the country, but he has shown elite pocket awareness and toughness throughout the season. He enters this matchup with 2,420 passing yards, 21 touchdown passes and three interceptions. He has also scored three rushing touchdowns. See which team to pick at SportsLine.
Why UCLA can cover
The Bruins enter this matchup as one of college football’s top teams on both sides of the ball. Offensively, the Bruins are averaging 464.4 total yards per game, which ranks 17th in the country. Their rushing attack, behind the running back duo of Carson Steele and TJ Harden, ranks ninth in college football, averaging 215.6 yards per game. Steele enters this matchup with 599 yards and six touchdowns, while Harden has 388 yards and four TDs.
Defensively, the Bruins rank second in rushing defense (68.6 yards per game) and 10th in points allowed per game (14.9). UCLA has 24 total sacks in 2023, and their pass rush, led by linebacker Laiatu Latu (6.5 sacks), could have a field day against Colorado’s below average offensive line. See which team to back at SportsLine.
How to make UCLA vs. Colorado picks
Kaylor has analyzed this matchup from every angle and he’s going Under on the point total. He has also discovered a critical X-factor that has him jumping all over one side of the spread. He’s only sharing what it is, and which side to back, at SportsLine.
Who wins Colorado vs. UCLA, and which critical X-factor makes one side of the spread a must-back? Visit SportsLine now to see Colorado vs. UCLA picks, all from the expert who has covered college football for over a decade and is 15-6 on his Colorado best bets in 2023, and find out.