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UCLA vs. Washington 10/16/2021 College Football Picks, Prediction, and Preview

UCLA visits Washington on 10/16/2021 at 8:30PM.

UCLA and Washington face off in a regular season matchup. Games are on campuses and crowds are full once again! UCLA sports a record of 4-2 this season. Washington is 2-3 this season. Enough preamble… Let’s get to the preview…



UCLA Team Defense Preview

UCLA has had 80 total defensive drives this season and they yield 5.21 plays per drive. Relatively speaking, UCLA are not a team that allows many plays per drive. The defense either gives up big plays quickly or induces a lot of three-and-outs, we shall find out more. UCLA has had a generally average defense. Nothing too special about it, but they are capable of rising up when needed. UCLA opponents passes the football 60.67% of the time.They are a team that faces a lot of Air Raid Offenses.

UCLA opponents have had struggled with running the ball and the defense crushed the spirits of their opponents with zero or negative yard plays. 4th and Short is not a cake walk, maybe passing on 4th and Short or having some sort of RPO is the way to go because if an Offensive Coordinator thinks that they can just line up and run a Quarterback Sneak or hand it off to a tailback against this season ‘s defense, they are mistaken. Opponent rushing yards attributed to their offensive line this season comes out to 2.51 yards per carry. Opponent offensive lines have had been simply unable to support their running games against their defense. This is also a team that is allowing running backs and quarterbacks to get to the second-level in an average fashion. Opponents have had shown a relatively average level of explosiveness in the running game, maybe there will be a breakout rushing play against them.

This Defense has had average success disrupting the flow of the opposing offense. Getting more granual into the front seven and their ability to cause trouble, they are just average in this regard. UCLA is better at stopping the run than the pass this season .

UCLA Team Offense Preview

UCLA has had 89 drives in non-garbage time minutes and they average 4.54 plays per drive. Relatively speaking, UCLA is not a team that runs many plays per drive. The offense is either prone to faltering and struggles to notch first downs or extremely explosive, we will need to find out a bit more to get answers. UCLA is an average offense as far as staying ahead of the chains, getting into 3rd and Short scenarios, and converting on 3rd and 4th Down. Passing plays are 37.87% of their play calls.They favors running the ball as opposed airing it out.

UCLA is not doing anything particularly special as far as their ability to avoid negative yardage plays on the ground. How effective is the offensive line given what we know about their ability to prevent negative yards on rushing plays? More than you think, thanks to the Adjusted Line Yards metric. UCLA can take credit for 3.34 yards per carry. It is acceptable to say that this season ‘s offensive line may be underappreciated, even though the running backs get the attention. The UCLA coaching staff really deserves credit for how they prepared this season ‘s offensive line, but they could be a little bit better! This is a team that is rather above-average when it comes to gashing defenses. The threat of the run forces opponents to play more honest and assignment defensive football is a must, especially against zone read looks. They are capable of busting out a long run, which is really good when the team has the ball in their own territory.

UCLA bullied and controlled defenses this season , defenses are not to dictate what this offense is able to do to them. Opponents should consider a containment strategy. They have had done a relatively good job done by this Offensive Line to prevent opposing front sevens from causing problems consistently. UCLA is a better running team than passing team this season .

Washington Team Defense Preview

Washington has had 62 total defensive drives this season and they yield 5.37 plays per drive. There is not much to take away here when it comes to how many plays per drive opponents run , but they are a team that falls in the average window when it comes to plays per drive. Third and long situations are common against this season ‘s defense. This is a defense that forces opponents to commit penalties, have compromised offensive line play, and fail to convert on crunch possessions. Washington opponents passes the football 43.84% of the time.Their opponents run the ball as opposed airing it out.

Defenses want to stop offenses from getting into a 3rd Down where the options are plentiful. Unfortunately, the defense is too porous to limit those choices. How effective are opposing offensive lines given what we know about their ability to force negative yardage rushing plays? Washington can take credit for holding the offensive line of their opponent to 3.51 yards per carry. Sorry to say this about their front seven, but the best way to make an average offensive line look good is for them to face this season ‘s horrid front seven. This is a team that is getting gashed too much for the tastes of their base. Linebackers are not stopping the bleeding well enough. Opponents have had shown a relatively average level of explosiveness in the running game, maybe there will be a breakout rushing play against them.

This is not a disruptive Defense and they get pushed over way too easily. Perhaps they are too vanilla with playcalling. Their front seven is simply unable to make an impact, something must change or else the problems will repeat. Washington has had shown themselves to be better at stopping the pass than the run this season .

Washington Team Offense Preview

Washington has had 60 total drives this season and they generate 5.65 plays per drive. There is not much to take away here when it comes to how many plays per drive they run , but they are a team that falls in the average window when it comes to plays per drive. Washington is an average offense as far as staying ahead of the chains, getting into 3rd and Short scenarios, and converting on 3rd and 4th Down. Washington passes the football 56.34% of the time.This is an Air Raid Offense team, they are passes the ball a lot and running plays are only used to keep opponents honest.

Move the pile forward, falling forward, making progress, ensuring north-south running, smart Quarterback reads, well-adjusted alignments to ensure leverage, and an offensive line that is getting a great push forward are cornerstones of this season offense. How effective is the offensive line given what we know about their ability to prevent negative yards on rushing plays? More than you think, thanks to the Adjusted Line Yards metric. Washington can take credit for 3.28 yards per carry. It is acceptable to say that this season ‘s offensive line may be underappreciated, even though the running backs get the attention. The Washington coaching staff really deserves credit for how they prepared this season ‘s offensive line, but they could be a little bit better! When it comes to getting to that second level where linebackers have not crashed down on the line of scrimmage, they are getting stopped with ease. The breakout rushing plays are simply not happening, it is a massive reach to expect this season ‘s team to bust out big rushing plays.

Defenses have had average success disrupting the flow of the Washington Offense. They have had done a relatively good job done by this Offensive Line to prevent opposing front sevens from causing problems consistently. Washington is a better running team than passing team this season .

The UCLA Roster

The Players to Watch for UCLA

Dorian Thompson-Robinson QB 6’1″ 200 Junior

Dorian Thompson-Robinson put up 1197 yards, tossed 11 touchdowns, and he threw 2 interceptions this season. He threw deep and medium passes to receivers more often than not. His average completed pass was 8.5 yards. He was considered one of the most mobile Quarterbacks in the country this season, designed runs and zone read looks are common. His average rush was 3.2 yards.

Zach Charbonnet RB 6’1″ 220 Sophomore

Zach Charbonnet had 657 rushing yards on 90 carries. Was he able to get to the end zone on the ground? He had 7 rushing touchdowns. He is considered one of the workhorse running backs of College Football returning this season. His average rush was 7.3 yards. He is a consistent option in the passing game considering that he is a running back. When he catches a pass, he generates on average 7.3 yards.

Kyle Philips WR 5’11” 184 Sophomore

Kyle Philips picked up 360 yards through the air. He caught the ball 24 times this season. He reached the end zone 6 times. He is a go-to in the passing game. When he catches a pass, he generates on average 15.0 yards.

Otito Ogbonnia DL 6’4″ 318 Junior

The leading tackler among Defensive Tackles for UCLA, Otito Ogbonnia, had 13 tackles this season.Among Defensive Tackles/Nose Tackles, he was clogging the gaps and playing disruptive proving he is one of the best at forcing lost yardage, he had 3 tackles for loss this season.He was a strong pass rusher in the interior this season registering 1 tackles for loss.

Qwuantrezz Knight DB 6’0″ 195 Senior

The leading tackler among Defensive Backs for UCLA, Qwuantrezz Knight, had 38 tackles this season.Among Defensive Backs, he was very active and disruptive in the backfield, he had 6 tackles for loss this season.He had 0.0 sacks this season.

The Washington Roster

The Players to Watch for Washington

Dylan Morris QB 6’0″ 200 Freshman

Dylan Morris put up 1036 yards, tossed 7 touchdowns, and he threw 3 interceptions. He threw deep and medium passes to receivers more often than not. His average completed pass was 7.7 yards. The zone read is a common part of the offense and mobility is used as part of the offense, but not necessarily the focus of the offense. His average rush was 0.4 yards.

Sean McGrew RB 5’7″ 175 Senior

Sean McGrew had 187 rushing yards on 37 carries. Was he able to get to the end zone on the ground? He had 6 rushing touchdowns. He was relied upon to carry the ball quite a bit this season. His average rush was 5.1 yards. He was average among running backs when it comes to his role as a receiver in the offense. When he catches a pass, he generates on average 5.1 yards.

Taj Davis WR 6’1″ 200 Freshman

Taj Davis picked up 262 yards through the air. He caught the ball 20 times this season. He reached the end zone 1 times. He is a go-to in the passing game. When he catches a pass, he generates on average 13.1 yards.

Sam Taimani DL 6’2″ 335 Sophomore

The leading tackler among Defensive Tackles for Washington, Sam Taimani, had 26 tackles this season.He was a strong force in the interior defense forcing 2 tackles for loss this season.He was a non-factor as far as sacking Quarterbacks was concerned this season.

Alex Cook DB 6’1″ 200 Junior

The leading tackler among Defensive Backs for Washington, Alex Cook, had 26 tackles this season.He forced 0 tackles for loss this season.He had 0.0 sacks this season.

UCLA vs. Washington Prediction, Picks, and Odds


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