|Written by Jerry Santiago|
Bet on NCAAFCollege football Saturday includes one of the most intriguing matchups of the young NCAAF betting season as Tennessee hosts UCLA in a challenging handicap. College football fans expected UCLA to improve this year after they lost 44 man games to injury in ‘08 while Tennessee is a NCAAF betting riddle that impressed in week one.
UCLA could be one of the most improved teams in all of college football for the 2009 NCAAF betting season as 2nd year head coach Rick Neuheisel continues to mold the team in his image. UCLA is coming off a most impressive college football betting opener in which they beat San Diego State 33-14 to barely get the cash as 18-point home favorites. Freshman quarterback Kevin Prince had an up and down college football opener as he went 18-29 for 176 yards with 1 touchdown and 2 interceptions.
UCLA outgained San Diego State 359-277 and picked off 3 Aztec passes. The Bruins offense figures to improve as the college football season moves on as they return 9 starters to surround Prince with. The Bruins return 7 starters on defense for new coordinator Chuck Bullough who enters college football from the Chicago Bears where he coached the linebackers.
Lane Kiffin made a lot of headlines this past off-season after taking over as head coach of Tennessee. Kiffin let his team do the talking in their college football opener last week, which was a most impressive 63-7 win over Western Kentucky as 29.5-point home favorites.
Tennessee outgained Western Kentucky 657-83 and bulldozed their way for 380 yards rushing on 44 attempts. Montario Hardesty ran for 160 yards on 16 attempts for 1 touchdown and Bryce Brown ran for 104 yards on 11 carries and a TD. Senor quarterback Jonathan Crompton was 21-28 for 233 yards and 5 touchdown passes but was intercepted twice. It was an impressive team effort and has many college football handicappers taking a second look at UT.
Last year in Neuheisel’s UCLA college football debut the Bruins upset the Volunteers 27-24 as 7.5-point home dogs to set the wheels in motion for Phillip Fulmer to be leave as UT coach. UCLA has covered 12 out of their last 17 games while Tennessee has gone under the total in 10 of their last 12 matchups.