FSN will carry the early kickoff between the Wildcats and Bruins, starting at 3:00 ET from Pasadena. Despite having one of the weakest schedules this season for D-I BCS schools, (2-1) Arizona was tripped up in week-three, falling 36-28 to (1-2) New Mexico, in Albuquerque.
This is the second straight year that Arizona fell victim to their Mountain West opponent, and the first time in 2008 that the Cats failed to score more than 40-points.
With Sr. QB Willie Tuitama running the Wildcats’ pass-heavy spread offense, college football betting fans must have felt pretty comfortable playing Bear Down as a 10-point favorite, however, five turnovers and a 5/14 third-down conversion ratio did the Cats in against the Lobos.
Credit New Mexico as well; Freshman James Aho tied a school record with five field goals in the win. Arizona fell to 0-1 both on the road and against the NCAA football odds with the loss. No team was riding higher on cloud-nine than (1-1) UCLA after upsetting then #18 Tennessee in week-one at the Rose Bowl.
Then came a bye week, followed by the worst loss in UCLA history since 1929, a 59-0 shut out at #18 BYU last Saturday. NCAAF betting followers knew UCLA had some issues... they also knew BYU is a BCS contender out of the Mountain West... what they didn’t know, was that BYU would waltz past the 8.5-point college football betting line early in the second quarter and never look back; BYU led 49-0 at halftime.
UCLA couldn’t stop BYU QB Max Hall, as the junior completed 27-of-25 passes for 271 yards and seven touchdowns. After the game, head coach Rich Neuheisel said, “It’s a tough loss. We just got dominated in every aspect of the game. We left our defense on the field too long and couldn’t get to Hall”.
Gee, coach... you sure about that? Either Arizona or UCLA will get back on track and leap to the top of the Pac-10 standings Saturday afternoon; choose your winner wisely as this contest finds Arizona a 2.5-point road chalk and a total of 56.5.