But only one of these teams will get out of Week 5 with a perfect record intact. Which team survives Friday night’s battle between the unbeaten?
Here’s everything you need from a betting perspective on the game between Washington and UCLA from the point spread, moneyline, total over/under and expert pick (odds via FOX Bet).
Point spread: Washington -3.5 (Washington favored to win by more than 3.5 points, otherwise UCLA covers)
Moneyline: Washington -175 favorite to win (bet $10 to win $15.71 total); UCLA +135 underdog to win (bet $10 to win $23.50 total)
Total scoring over/under: 64.5 points scored by both teams combined
Pick via FOX Sports NFL Analyst Geoff Schwartz:
Two high-powered offenses playing in a Pac-12 After Dark game? Awesome.
I envision points.
Washington has one of the best offenses in the country, and no one expected that. Indiana transfer quarterback Michael Penix Jr. has completed 64.3% of his passes for 1,388 yards in four games! The Huskies’ lead running back, Wayne Taulapapa, is averaging 6.8 yards per attempt. Overall, this offense has produced 17 touchdowns on 20 first-half possessions. Now they will face a rebuilt UCLA defense that hasn’t found its rhythm yet.
The Bruins have played one of the weakest schedules in the country yet only rank 49th in defensive success rate. The one opponent they played with a pulse in the passing game — the South Alabama Jaguars — was able to move the ball up and down the field with ease. Washington should have an advantage with its offense.
On the flip side, I think the Bruins could see some success against a Huskies defense that has yet to see an offense close to UCLA’s.
The Bruins’ offense ranks 19th in points per drive with their run-first approach. This team can move the chains because they win on first and second downs, which helps them keep third downs manageable. This is where Washington’s defense has issues. The Huskies have struggled to stop opponents on third down and have not been great when offenses enter the scoring zone on the field.
Also, with UCLA having a cupcake schedule through four weeks, I think we see all the plays Chip Kelly has been waiting to use.
Look for a high-scoring game on Friday night.
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