Washington vs UCLA Week 5 Betting: Who’ll Win the Pac-12 Showdown?

Devon Platana

It’s a new week, which means another slate of NCAA college football games is right around the corner. Week 5 of the 2022 NCAAF schedule includes a Pac-12 Friday night showdown between two undefeated schools: the No. 15 Washington Huskies and UCLA Bruins.

Washington is riding high following its 40-22 victory over Stanford last week. The Huskies offense was clicking in both the run and pass games, highlighted by the likes of running back Wayne Taulapapa (13 carries for 120 rushing yards and a touchdown) and wideout Rome Odunze (eight catches for 161 receiving yards and one TD).

UCLA was also involved in a one-sided affair last week, defeating Colorado, 45-17. RB Zach Charbonnet rushed for three TDs on the day while the full offense racked up 515 total yards.

Here are FanDuel Sportsbook’s latest Washington vs UCLA betting odds, as well as a prediction and best bet for the upcoming NCAAF tilt.

Washington vs UCLA Matchup Information and Betting Odds

Matchup Information

  • Matchup: No. 15 Washington Huskies (4-0, 1-0 Pac-12) vs. UCLA Bruins (4-0, 1-0 Pac-12)
  • Venue & Location: Rose Bowl (Pasadena, California)
  • Date: Friday, Sept. 30, 2022
  • Game Time: 10:30 p.m. Eastern Time
  • Where to Watch Washington vs UCLA: ESPN

Washington vs UCLA Odds

Game odds are via FanDuel Sportsbook as of Monday, Sept. 26 at 8:29 a.m. ET. Odds from other top online sportsbooks may also be mentioned in this article.

Spread

  • Washington -2.5 (-110)
  • UCLA +2.5 (-110)

Over/Under

  • Over 55.5 (-110)
  • Under 55.5 (-110)

Moneyline

  • Washington -134
  • UCLA +112

Washington vs UCLA Betting Trends

  • Washington is 1-4 straight up in its last five games against the Pac-12.
  • UCLA is 14-5 straight up in its last 19 games against Washington.
  • Washington is 1-4 against the spread (ATS) in its last five games against UCLA.
  • UCLA is 1-4-1 ATS in its last six Week 5 matchups.
  • The total has hit the over in four of Washington’s last five games.
  • The total has hit the over in four of UCLA’s last five games against Washington.

Washington Huskies vs UCLA Bruins Prediction and Picks

Washington vs UCLA Prediction: Washington 30, UCLA 26

Washington vs UCLA: Washington -2.5 (Best Value: -110 at FanDuel) & Over 55.5 Points (Best Value: -110 at FanDuel)

The Washington-UCLA rivalry has gone back and forth over the years. While the Bruins have won 41 of the 75 all-time head-to-head matchups, the last six games have been evenly split with each side winning three games.

Having said that, Washington is the No. 15 program in the nation and performs well against UCLA when the former is a top-25 school. The Huskies are an impressive 9-5 when they’re the only ranked team in 14 matchups against the Bruins.

Washington is the type of offensive juggernaut that UCLA has yet to run into this season. Kalen DeBoer’s team is averaging 41.3 points (No. 13) and 502.7 total offensive yards (No. 10) per game.

With all due respect to the Bruins’ opponents thus far, none of them were capable of generating that sort of attack. Yes, UCLA has a top-40 scoring defense, but that’s only because of the weaker opponents the program has faced.

UCLA could also have a tough time scoring the ball against Washington. A big part of the Bruins’ offense has been a run game generating 220.7 rushing yards per contest (No. 16), however, it’ll be tough to continue that trend on Friday.

The Huskies have been strong against the run, giving up only 91.7 rushing yards per game. They’re only surrendering 2.6 yards per carry (No. 9) as well, further highlighting how much trouble the Bruins will have when it comes to running the ball.

At the end of the day, I see Washington walking out of Pasadena with the Week 5 victory. UCLA is good, but the Huskies are better on both sides of the ball while their run defense could throw the Bruins through a loop.

Though Washington hasn’t performed well against the spread when UCLA is involved lately, covering the 2.5-point spread shouldn’t be an issue.

I’m also backing the over in this contest as both rivals look to further cement their placement in the Pac-12 standings. After all, the average total of the five Washington-UCLA meetings is 61.8 points.

Devon Platana
Devon Platana