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UCLA vs. Arizona: Bruins open as 3-point favorites against Wildcats

In a battle of two strong Pac-12 teams, UCLA has its work cut out for it to beat the spread on Saturday against Arizona.

Rick Scuteri-US PRESSWIRE

The UCLA Bruins opened as three-point favorites as they host the Arizona Wildcats at the Rose Bowl on Saturday, according to OddsShark.com. Despite both teams being capable of piling up the points, that spread won't be easy to beat.

Jim Mora's team needed a late field goal to topple the Arizona State Sun Devils last week, while the Wildcats pulled off a 39-36 upset against the USC Trojans in Tucson.

The 5-3 Wildcats are likewise 5-3 against the spread this year. UCLA is 4-4 this year favoring the under bets while Arizona is 5-2 for the over.

The Wildcats score 39.1 points per game while the Bruins put up 33.4 a contest. The fast-paced Arizona team led by coach Rich Rodriguez also allows more points than UCLA, giving up 31.1 to the Bruins' 25.1.

Arizona's three losses, all consecutive, came to ranked teams. The Wildcats fell 49-0 at Oregon, 38-35 at home against Oregon State and 54-48 at Stanford.