The UCLA Bruins and the Kansas State Wildcats are two teams that play in two of the toughest conferences in the college football betting action. Both have achieved impressive accolades in the past but neither has done much in the present.
These two teams will square off on Saturday, the NCAA football betting opener for both teams, and look to get the 2010 season off on the right foot. Both teams are evenly matched and this one should be a barn-burner with some very interesting sports betting implications.
Kickoff for this Saturday matchup is set for 7:05 Eastern Time and SBG Global opened with the Wildcats as a 1.5-point favorite with an over/under total at 44.5.
The college football betting line on this one is basically a wash as a home team favored by 1.5 points is the same as calling the match even.
K-State is coming off a mediocre year in which the team won 6 games, lost 6 games and played only one ranked opponents (a 30-42 loss at Oklahoma.
This year the offense will once again be led by QB Carson Coffman, the starting QB at the beginning of last season before he lost job six games in. He’s played well in scrimmages so far this year and the coaching staff is expecting much improvement. That shouldn’t be difficult considering the only way for the ‘Cats offense to go is up, after finishing last in the Big 12 in passing (169.4 yards per game with just 7 TDs).
The key weapon the Wildcats’ offense will be the Big Ten’s leading returning rusher, Daniel Thomas, who averaged 105 rushing yards per game in 2009.
The Bruins are coming off similar 6-6 season and expectations in the sports betting community are low as this team is expected to finish 8th in the PAC 10. The team’s fortune’s rest heavily on starting sophomore QB Kevin Prince who has the potential to be one of the better QBs in the conference last year. After starting 11 games last season as a freshman he had (2,059 yards, 8 TDs, 8 INTs). The offense will also benefit from the addition of two new freshman RBs.
The big question for a depleted Bruins defense will be whether they can keep RB Thomas in check.
Look for the Bruins to win a close one on the road.