Aug. 31, 2021
2021 UCLA Bruins Betting Odds, Predictions, Preview
It was a wild, entertaining and erratic 2020 season for the UCLA Bruins. They ended up with a 3-4 SU/4-3 ATS mark in seven games, and they scored at least 25 points in every game. They also allowed at least 38 points in their four losses, and 18 or fewer points in their three victories. UCLA elected to decline a bowl invitation prior to their 48-47 loss in double overtime to Stanford, a game which essentially served as its bowl.
UCLA was very close to having a big season, as their four losses were by six or fewer points. A big reason fo for their success was the offense. The Bruins rolled up 455.7 total yards per game while rushing for 231.3 yards per contest to rank 12th in the nation. QB Dorian Thompson-Robinson rolled up 285.2 total yards per game in 2020, and he will look to take another step forward in his maturation. While RB Demetric Felton has moved along, RBs Brittain Brown and Zach Charbonnet, a transfer from Michigan, look to fill the void and keep UCLA moving.
The defense allowed 34.8 PPG and 6.7 yards per play, and they'll need to be much better against the pass if they want to improve. The run defense was already pretty strong, ranking just second in the league. UCLA had trouble getting to the quarterback, and that will be even harder with DE Osa Odighizuwa moving on. The Bruins will also have to get better on third-down defense and red-zone defense, an area of struggle in 2020.
The non-conference schedule is a little challenging for UCLA, as they host Hawaii, LSU and Fresno State to open the season. They should be able to win at least two of those games, or it might be quite a long season. The conference schedule kicks off Sept. 25 at Stanford on Sept. 25, while hosing Arizona State on Oct. 2, a South Division contender.
The Bruins face a difficult three-game stretch Oct. 16-30 with trips to Washington and Utah, sandwiched by a visit from Oregon. They also must travel across town to face their rival USC on Nov. 20. As such, the schedule isn't terribly kind to the Bruins. However, they have enough talent on offense to hang in every game, and it shouldn't be a problem scratching out at least six wins barring a disaster. As such, a return to the bowl schedule seems likely.
However, is this a team capable of winning eight games for an OVER result? It's not likely. The defense would have to be markedly better, and DTR would have to perform at a much higher level. Seven wins is the ceiling, and six wins is more likely with a difficult road schedule and home date with LSU, rather than a cupcake, in the non-conference sked.
Preseason Best Bet: Under 7 Wins (-121)
2021 UCLA Bruins Schedule
2021 UCLA Bruins Results
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UCLA Odds to win 2021 Pac-12 Championship
UCLA appeared in the first two Pac-12 Championship Games in 2011 and 2012, and that's it. They haven't been back. While the Bruins should be competitive, and a tough out every week, they're not a championship caliber team, at least not yet.
UCLA Odds to Win 2021-22 College Football Playoff
The Bruins will be struggling just to attain bowl eligibility, and they won't be near a trip to the Pac-12 title game. As such, you can ignore them for CFP chances for now.
UCLA 2021 Heisman Contenders & Odds
Dorian Thompson-Robinson +5000
DTR is a fun player to watch on an equally fun offensive side. However, the Bruins averaged just 224.4 passing yards per game in 2020, ranking just 68th in the nation, and he accounted for 285.2 total yards per game. He needs to kick it up a gear or two for serious Heisman consideration, and the team needs to transform itself from simply contending for bowls to championship contender, or he can be mostly ignored for the Heisman. The latter is most likely.
2020 UCLA Bruins Betting Results
Betting on the 2021 UCLA Bruins
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