College Football Week 5 Picks Thursday Night: UCLA At Arizona State

September 25, 2014

By Brad Carroll


In a week where there aren't many big-time college football matchups, we get a blockbuster early on as No. 11 UCLA takes on No. 15 Arizona State Thursday night. It's the only game of the week that features two ranked teams playing each other. 


We preview that big-time matchup here and our college football experts pick the game against the spread. As always, follow us on Twitter for the latest college football news, analysis and picks right here.


No. 11 UCLA at No. 15 Arizona State, 10 p.m., FS1

The Spread: UCLA -4.5; Arizona State +4.5


Brad's Breakdown: The biggest news in this game is Arizona State starting quarterback Taylor Kelly won't play, while UCLA starter Brett Hundley could return to the lineup in this Thursday night matchup of ranked teams. Hundley's status is still up the air, as the Bruins aren't saying whether or not he will play. With or without Hundley, UCLA has looked terrible this season, despite starting 3-0. The Bruins beat Virginia by eight, Memphis by seven and Texas by three. They've flirted with disaster all season, and haven't even faced a ranked team yet. Arizona State has won its three games easily, against Weber State, New Mexico and Colorado. But the Sun Devils will have first-time starter Mike Bercovici at quarterback in this game, a tough assignment against a team that had national title hopes as the start of the season. Last year in Los Angeles, Arizona State beat UCLA 38-33. The year before in Arizona, the Bruins beat the Sun Devils 45-43. This should be another close game, but home field makes a huge difference in what will be an Arizona State upset.

Brad's Pick: Arizona State 27, UCLA 24 (upset pick)

Craig's Pick: UCLA 32, Arizona State 27

Glenn's Pick: UCLA 35, Arizona State 24

Matt's Pick: UCLA 30, Arizona State 28


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