UCLA 2018 Betting Preview: Chip Kelly’s Turnaround Will Take Time
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UCLA 2018 Betting Odds
- To win the National Title: +35000
- To make Playoff: +4200
- To make NY6 Bowl: +2650
- To win the Pac-12: +3250
- To win the Pac-12 South: +610
- Win Total: 5.5 (over +105, under -125)
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UCLA 2018 Schedule, Betting Odds
The Action Network Projected Wins: 6.2
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UCLA Under 5.5 (-125)
How fast are things moving in Westwood these days? Players have started warp-speed practice under new coach Chip Kelly, learning to treat every aspect of football with speed. Players must run to warmup positions, run plays in fewer than 15 seconds and kick 23 field goals in a five-minute period.
There will be an adjustment for the Bruins with scheme changes on both sides of the ball. A long list of players looks to take over at quarterback for Josh Rosen.
Devon Modster is the favorite to start and had a quality game against Kansas State in a Cactus Bowl loss, but will be pushed by Kelly’s sought-out dual-threat recruit, Dorian Thompson-Robinson. The offensive line returns just two players, and those with experience are expected to fill in at center.
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From New Hampshire to Oregon to the NFL, Jerry Azzinaro has been a defensive presence on Kelly’s staff. He takes over as defensive coordinator and will move the Bruins to a 3-4. There is talent left over from the Jim Mora era, as the Bruins rank 40th defensively in returning production.
But the schedule is one of the toughest in the country, including a Week 2 nonconference showcase against Oklahoma in Norman.
The Bruins’ cross-division schedule is brutal, including games against Pac-12 North members Washington, Oregon and Stanford. As a result, we go Under 5.5 -125 based on scheme changes and a brutal schedule.
UCLA will be a team to bet on in November once Kelly’s conditioning and positions are in place.
What else you need to know about UCLA
UCLA was 0-12 straight-up as an underdog since 2015 under Mora. Oklahoma, Washington and Arizona will serve as Kelly’s first attempts to buck the trend.