UCLA vs Fresno State College Football Picks, Odds, Predictions 9/18/2021

The Fresno State Bulldogs and the UCLA Bruins meet in college football action from the Rose Bowl on Saturday night.

The Fresno State Bulldogs come into this one looking to add to their 63-10 romp over Cal Poly last time out. Jake Haener has thrown for 1,009 yards and 8 touchdowns on 73.6% passing while Ronnie Rivers has 162 rushing yards to lead Fresno State with a touchdown as well and Jordan Mims has 89 rushing yards as well this season. Josh Kelly leads Fresno State’s receiving group with 253 receiving yards and a pair of touchdowns on 11 catches while Jalen Cropper has a team-high 15 catches for 206 yards and two scores as well. Keric Wheatfall, Zane Pope and Rivers each have 100+ receiving yards for the Bulldogs this season. On defense, Evan Williams and Tyson Maeva each have a team-high 10 solo tackles with Williams logging 18 total tackles to Maeva’s 17. Kevin Atkins has 3 sacks and Aaron Mosby has a pair of sacks as Fresno state sites at 10 sacks already this season.

The UCLA Bruins will be out to add to their 38-27 win over LSU from their last matchup. Dorian Thompson-Robinson leads the Bruins with 390 passing yards with 4 touchdowns and an INT on 52.8% passing while Zach Charbonnet has 223 rushing yards with a 4 touchdowns and Brittain Brown has 174 rushing yards with a pair of scores. Greg Dulcich has 132 receiving yards to leads UCLA’s receivers while Mitchell Agude leads the defense with 10 total tackles and Qwuantrezz Knight has 9 solo tackles with Agude logging a sack as well.

Fresno State is 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games against the Pac-12 and 20-5-1 ATS in their last 26 games as an underdog while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 non-conference games. UCLA is 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games as a home favorite while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 games as a home favorite.

These are two teams that have ratcheted the offensive intensity up early and often this season and while I wouldn’t think to say it of a Chip Kelly-coached team, the Bruins are playing some pretty good defense as well. However, Fresno State’s no slouch under Kalen DeBoer and I think the Bulldogs hold their own in here in an offensive explosion that goes well over the number.

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