Washington vs. UCLA NCAAF Week 5 Pick and Prediction for Friday

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Running back Zach Charbonnet #24 of the UCLA Bruins carries the ball for a touchdown against the Colorado Buffaloes at Folsom Field on September 24, 2022. Dustin Bradford/Getty Images/AFP

We are going to get a jump on the weekend and pump up our bankroll with the Thursday night game between Utah State and BYU along with a pair of Friday night showdowns featuring Tulane vs. Houston and Washington vs. UCLA.

Let’s get down to it and keep cashing our college football picks!

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Washington Huskies vs. UCLA Bruins

Friday, September 30, 2022 – 10:30 PM EDT at Rose Bowl

UCLA Bruins Analysis

Washington and UCLA enter this Pac-12 showdown with no blemishes on their respective records but one team will be walking away with a loss while the other will remain undefeated.

The Bruins are 3-2 straight-up and 4-1 ATS against Washington over the last five meetings and will hope to duplicate the results from their game last year when they defeated the Huskies, 24-17, in Washington.

UCLA is 4-0 but 2-2 ATS with wins over Bowling Green, Alabama State, South Alabama, and last week against Colorado in Boulder.

Senior running back, Zach Charbonnet, scored 3 rushing touchdowns against the Buffaloes and chewed up 104 yards on only nine carries while Dorian Thompson-Robinson was a surgical 19-of-23 for 234 yards and two touchdown passes.

Washington Huskies Analysis

If you’ve been blindly betting on the Huskies this season you have been rewarded for your loyalty. Washington is 4-0 against the spread with wins and covers over Kent State, Portland State, Michigan State, and last week against Stanford.

The Huskies have had a more difficult early schedule than the Bruins and their 39-28 win over then No. 11 Michigan State revealed the depth and talent on this team.

However, this will be their first road game of the season and it will be against a conference rival with whom they have had difficulty in the past.

The Bruins have a much more balanced offense than the Huskies with the 17th-ranked rushing and 30th-ranked passing attacks.


Washington vs. UCLA: Pick and Prediction

And while Washington owns the top-rated passing offense, averaging over 368 yards per game, their rushing attack is very average.

I like the Bruins’ defense to contain the one-dimensional Washington aerial assault and ultimately win this game outright.

Predicted Score: UCLA 30 - Washington 29

NCAAF Pick: UCLA +3 (-115) at Bookmaker

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Tulane Green Wave vs. Houston Cougars

Friday, September 30, 2022 - 07:00 PM EDT at TDECU Stadium

Tulane Green Wave Analysis

The first game on Friday night will feature a pair of AAC rivals as the Green Wave of Tulane invades the Lone Star State to take on the Houston Cougars. Tulane suffered their first straight-up and ATS loss last week when they were stunned by Southern Mississippi, 27-24, as 12-point home favorites.

The Cougars are hoping to get on the right side of .500 this week after defeating Rice, 34-27, but failing to cover the 17-point impost as home chalk.

Houston is now 2-2 straight up but 1-3 against the spread. The Cougars’ defense has been its Achilles this season, allowing nearly 36 points and a whopping 295 yards through their air per game.

Houston Cougars Analysis

Houston has won and covered three of the last four meetings between these schools but this one will be different.

The balance of power has shifted this season and the Green Wave’s defense is for real, currently ranked No.1 in the nation in defending the pass allowing just 102.5 passing yards per game.

We should also consider that they held Kansas State to just 10 points, blanked Alcorn State 52-0, and had it not been for a pick-six scored against them last week, would have held Southern Miss to at least 20 points, possibly less, and won the game.


Tulane vs. Houston: Pick and Prediction

Tulane’s offense is serviceable and certainly potent enough to put up points against a weak Houston defense but I can’t say the same is true in reverse. Let’s ride the wave with top-rated sportsbooks and bet on Tulane in this one.

Predicted Score: Tulane 33 - Houston 27

NCAAF Pick: Tulane +3 (-115) at Bookmaker (visit our Bookmaker Review)

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Utah State Aggies vs. BYU Cougars

Thursday, September 29, 2022 - 08:00 PM EDT at LaVell Edwards Stadium

Utah State Aggies Analysis

Utah State enters this matchup with a 1-3 record but has yet to cover the college football odds this season, sitting at 0-4 ATS.

After opening their season with a 31-20 win over Connecticut, the Aggies were trounced, 55-0, by Alabama before losing 35-7 to Weber State as 6 ½ point home favorites, and last week suffered a 34-24 home defeat to UNLV.

BYU Cougars Analysis

The 19th-ranked Cougars will welcome Utah State to LaVell Edwards Stadium after upping their record to 3-1 on the season (2-2 ATS) courtesy of a 38-24 victory over Wyoming.

Quarterback Jaren Hall was a one-man wrecking crew in connecting on 26-of-32 for 337 yards and launching four touchdown strikes against a bewildered Wyoming defense.


Utah State vs. BYU: Pick and Prediction

I’m struggling to find a reason to back Utah State given the fact they rank 99th in passing but are playing BYU’s 5th-ranked pass defense.

I suppose they might have an opportunity running the ball against a pedestrian Cougars’ run-stop unit but Utah State’s running game is no great shakes and once BYU starts opening up their lead the Aggies will be forced to the air. That won’t end well, so this looks like a big BYU blowout to me.

Predicted Score: BYU 45 - Utah State 17

NCAAF Pick: BYU -24 (-105) at BetOnline (visit our BetOnline Review)

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