Coming into week six, the UCLA Bruins are becoming serious contenders in the tough Pac-12 this year. As a conference that is seemingly on the rise, the Pac-12 has five ranked teams — the most it’s had at any point this year. With clear favorites to win the conference to begin the season still in place, the 3-0 Bruins plan on sneaking up on some people.
On the other side of the field, the Utah Utes lost their only true test of the young season to the Oregon State Beavers in overtime. This team in sitting at 3-1 with the potential to surprise some teams in the conference and ruin some seasons near the end of the year.
Brett Hundley has become somewhat of a Heisman-favorite in college football through three games. He has completed about 66 percent of his passes for 848 yards and eight touchdowns while running the ball 32 times for 157 yards and two scores. This offense is one of the best in the nation, ranking in the top-15 in yards per game and third in the nation in points per game with over 50. Jordon James leads the rushing attack with 424 yards and four touchdowns through three games.
Utah is led by sophomore quarterback Travis Wilson who looks to be the top offensive player. He has passed for 1,118 yards and nine touchdowns this season, hitting junior wide out Dres Anderson 18 times for 404 yards and three scores — averaging over 100 receiving yards per game. Wilson is also the second-best running threat on the team, picking up 251 yards and five touchdowns on the ground.
UCLA’s defense is an above-average unit. They have allowed just 18 points per game and held a tough Nebraska Cornhuskers offense to just 21 points. They will need to contain Wilson to have success. Utah has been exposed a bit on defense following a 51-point allowed performance against Oregon State. They are a middle-of-the-pack squad that has been lightly tested.
The Bruins will travel to Utah to take on the Utes at 10 p.m. EST on Thursday, Oct. 3. The game will be aired on FOX Sports 1.
PREDICTION: UCLA 37, Utah 24