The Baylor Bears from the Big 12 conference will face the UCLA Bruins from the PAC 12 conference in the Holiday Bowl in an NCAA college football game on Thursday night December 27th. Kick off time from San Diego California is scheduled for 9:45PM Eastern Time with national television coverage provided by ESPN.
The betting odds came out in the Holiday Bowl at a pick with an over under line of 79 ½ points. Early money has landed on the Bruins as UCLA is now favored by -1 points. The total has moved down a full point to a current number of 78 ½ points.
There have been no recent head to head college football meetings between Baylor and UCLA. CFB Trend: Baylor Bears are 5-0 ATS in their past five games.
Baylor travels to the Holiday Bowl with a record of 7-5 on the season. After a 3-4 start the Bears rallied to win four of their past five games and three straight to close the regular season. Their most notable wins came at the end of the season as they close with straight up and spread wins against Kansas St, at Texas Tech and home to Oklahoma St. They suffered through a midseason slump as they endured a four game losing streak. Baylor had the best offense in college football gaining 578 yards per game and on the defensive end of the football the team was 123rd in the national giving up 512 yards per game. They are bad stopping both the run and pass and are very poor tacklers. Baylor averaged 44 points a game and gave up 38 to their opponents. Senior quarterback Nick Florence threw for 31 touchdowns and 13 picks with a 61% completion percentage.
The UCLA Bruins finished off a successful regular season with a record of 9-4 on the 2012 campaign. They were champions of the PAC 12 conference south division and lost to Stanford in the PAC 12 conference championship game 27-24 that denied the team a Rose Bowl berth. They dropped their last two games of their season losing both times to power run team Stanford. Baylor is a much different club. UCLA has notable wins against Nebraska and USC this season all at home. They have a 27-20 home loss to Oregon St and were blown out at California 43-17. Following the Cal loss the Bruins won five straight games. The Bruins improved greatly in head coach Jim Mora Jr. first year with the team. They were a much more explosive offense ranking 20th in college football with 474 yards per game. They were balanced as they ran and passed equally well. The team puts up 35 points a game. On the defensive end of the ball the team ranks in the lower half of college football as they give up 410 yards which is 75th in the nation. The Bruins struggled in pass defense as teams threw for 255 yards against them. UCLA allows 26 points a game. Freshman quarterback Brett Hundley had a very good year throwing for 26 touchdowns and 11 picks. Hundley completed a very good 68% of his passes this season.