UCLA vs Texas A&M College Football Week 1 Betting Predictions

Posted by Peter Boysen on September 2, 2016 in

Two teams that have a reputation for spitting the bit when it comes to winning big games will square off in a Power 5 inter-conference game, as UCLA heads to the Lone Star State to take on Aggies of Texas A&M. The Aggies saw both of their quarterbacks transfer out at the end of the 2015 regular season, but then Trevor Knight transferred down from Oklahoma to fill the spot, making the Aggie offense respectable once again. UCLA comes in with an O-line and a D-line that are worthy of respect — but can they make the big plays late? Check out the betting odds for all of Saturday’s college football action.

UCLA vs Texas A&M College Football Week 1 Betting Predictions & TV Info

When: Saturday, September 3, 2016, 3:30pm ET
Where: Kyle Field, College Station, TX
TV: CBS
Radio: Texas A&M / UCLA
Live Stream: Pac-12 Networks Live
NCAAF Odds: Texas A&M (-2)

Why should you bet on the Bruins?

There was a time when the Aggies were known for their triple-option and their aversion to the forward pass. Under Kevin Sumlin, that philosophy has gone by the wayside. Sumlin loves to throw the ball — but that plays right into UCLA’s hands, as they have a terrific pass rush and one of the best secondaries in the Pac-12. If those two elements make themselves known in this game, the Aggies could have real trouble moving the ball. The Bruins also have the sort of running game that can grind the Aggies down over the course of the game, so the key will be keeping the Aggie offense off the field and carrying out sustained drives.

Why should you put your money on Texas A&M?

Defensive lineman Myles Garrett is a game-changer for the Aggies. He has the speed to weave his way around the UCLA offensive line and pressure Bruin quarterback Josh Rosen at crucial times during the game. While Trevor Knight will be new at Texas A&M, the college football game won’t be new for him. The Aggies need to open up some holes with Eddie Vander does returning at offensive guard. Knight should be able to find plenty of soft throws underneath and use the running game to make his third downs manageable. For the Aggies to win, they’ll have to play a patient game that involves grinding up and down the field.

My Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

I like UCLA to beat the Aggies on the road. They have the more established offensive behind Josh Rosen, and both of their lines are better than their Aggie counterparts. I’m predicting a 27-23 Bruin victory.