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UCLA vs. ASU Odds, Betting Lines: Bruins favored by 4 over Sun Devils

It's a blackout in Tempe. Can Arizona State knockout UCLA?

Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

The Odds: Arizona State (+4), UCLA (-4), Over/Under: 60.5

The Breakdown: The battle between Arizona State and UCLA should be a good one, as both teams are ranked in the top 15 in all respected polls. A Thursday night game in Tempe, the Sun Devils have chosen this game to be their annual 'blackout' game, and NFL scouts have flooded the town to take stock of the excellent prospects on both teams.

ASU faces an exceptional challenge after the loss of their starting quarterback, Taylor Kelly. This game will be Michael Bercovici's first career start, and while he is experienced in Mike Norvell's offense, changes have been made to accommodate his style of play. While Kelly is mobile and can outrun defenders, Bercovici is a more traditional pocket passer. The consensus is that his arm is stronger than Kelly's, a trait that ASU can benefit from.

Questions about the health of UCLA's quarterback, Brett Hundley, have largely been squashed, as both coaches expect the signal-caller to play tonight.

Now, lets get to the analysis of the betting line.

All stats and odds are provided by OddsShark.

Terminology guide: ATS = against the spread. SU = straight up. OVER and UNDER refer to the total amount of points scored in the game compared to the line.

ARIZONA STATE

  • Arizona State is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Arizona State is 10-2 SU in its last 12 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Arizona State's last 5 games
  • Arizona State is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games at home
  • Arizona State is 10-2 SU in its last 12 games at home
UCLA
  • UCLA is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
  • UCLA is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • UCLA is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
  • UCLA is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of UCLA's last 5 games on the road
UCLA vs. ASU
  • Arizona State is 3-8 ATS in its last 11 games when playing UCLA
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Arizona State's last 5 games when playing UCLA
  • Arizona State is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against UCLA
This is a tough game for bettors. Bercovici's first career start could go any number of ways, as he's had a week and a half to prepare to play and should be comfortable in the scheme. His performance in mop-up duty against Colorado shouldn't be a measurement of his ability, but UCLA is a much tougher team defensively than the Buffaloes.

Personally, I wouldn't touch this game with real-life money. There's really no way of knowing how this will go, but I'd lean towards the Bruins and the under on this one from a gambling perspective.

Final score: UCLA 34, ASU 24

Now, onto last week's results. We will keep a running count of the results on this article throughout the season.

WEEK 3 PREDICTION: 55-13 ASU victory over Colorado. Cory predicted ASU (-15) and Under 69.
WEEK 3 RESULTS: 38-24 ASU victory. Cory won the under, lost the ASU (-15). Kelly's injury did not help.

WEEK 2 PREDICTION: 52-17 ASU victory over New Mexico. Cory predicted ASU (-25) and Over 68.5.
WEEK 2 RESULTS: 58-23 ASU victory. Cory was correct on both points.

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