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Staff Predictions: Arizona vs. UCLA

WildcatAuthority.com picks the winner of Arizona vs. UCLA.

Jason Scheer: This is similar to my feeling about the Washington game in that I am very tempted to make the upset pick, but I’m not sure Arizona has enough. One of the more intriguing parts of the game is how Washington handled Stanford last night, which may indicate that UCLA isn’t as good as we thought it was a week ago.

We do know that UCLA’s offense isn’t very good, but Arizona’s defense has the ability to change that in a hurry.

Also, UCLA’s defense is one of the best Arizona will face all season, especially in the secondary. Passing will be hard to come by, so Brandon Dawkins running wild is one of the few ways the offense is going to score.

In the end, I just like UCLA’s defensive line a little bit better and think Arizona can’t make enough stops to win it.

UCLA 31, Arizona 24

Overall 3-1

Ben White: While this game is going to be much closer than people believe, Arizona has yet to get a win against UCLA the last four seasons and I don’t see that changing on Saturday. 

Despite the Bruins’ struggles on the offensive side of the ball transitioning to more of a pro-style power offense to implicate more of a run game, I still don’t see a scenario where Arizona can play up to par on defense to slow them down considering the lack of talent, depth and injuries. 

DeAndre’ Miller and Parker Zellers will be missed up front and Arizona will have a tough time stopping the run and getting to one of the best College Football quarterbacks in Josh Rosen. UCLA’s running back trio will meet expectations in the backfield and UCLA begins to figure things out offensively pulling away in a relatively close game. 

UCLA 28, Arizona 24

Overall: 4-0

Cody James Martin: Arizona's offense is running thin on bodies at running back and it's clear that the Wildcats are walking on thin ice with injuries. With that being said, the Wildcats' offense has been able to get some momentum going with Dawkins under center and should be able to score against UCLA. 

Even though Arizona is able to put points on the board, Jim Mora knows Rich Rodriguez's number. Both teams are coming off tough losses and the Bruins get to recover at home with a win.

UCLA 31, Arizona 28

Overall: 3-1

Michael Luke: I wasn't buying UCLA before the season and I'm not buying them now. I think it's fair to say that Mora is just a mediocre coach.

Keep in mind this is the same guy who thought it would be a good idea to turn Michael Vick into a west coach offense quarterback.

Despite coaching  a roster loaded with 4 and 5 star players, UCLA has struggled this season, especially offensively and one has to wonder if this team is on the verge of checking out.

Granted, outside of Jacob Alsadek and Demetrius Flannigan-Fowles, no other UA player would start at UCLA, but that doesn't change the fact that I'm going with Arizona.

Arizona 21 UCLA 17

Overall: 3-1


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