UCLA vs. Pittsburgh Tony The Tiger Sun Bowl Prediction: Picks & Start Time – December 30, 2022

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The UCLA Bruins will meet the Pittsburgh Panthers in the Tony The Tiger Sun Bowl.

UCLA vs. Pittsburgh Odds

Point Spread

The spread for this matchup is set at 8 points, with oddsmakers listing UCLA as the favorites.


As for the moneyline, UCLA has -300 odds to pick up the win, while Pittsburgh is listed at +237 to claim victory.


Finally, the over/under for the game is set at 53.5 points.

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Game Info

How to Watch UCLA vs. Pittsburgh Live?

  • Game Day: Friday, December 30, 2022
  • Game Time: 2:00 PM ET
  • TV Channel: CBS
  • Location: El Paso, Texas
  • Stadium: Sun Bowl

Betting Preview


UCLA sports the 88th-ranked defense this season (399.8 yards allowed per game), and has been more effective offensively, ranking third-best with a tally of 507.8 yards per game. UCLA owns the 84th-ranked defense this season (28.3 points allowed per game), and has been better offensively, ranking ninth-best with 39.6 points per game. With 275.7 passing yards allowed per game on defense, which ranks 12th-worst in the FBS, UCLA has had to lean on their 37th-ranked passing offense (261.5 passing yards per contest) to keep them competitive. UCLA owns the 32nd-ranked defense this season in terms of rushing yards (124.2 rushing yards allowed per game), and has been better on offense, ranking fourth-best with 246.3 rushing yards per game. UCLA ranks 84th in third-down defense this year (40.4% third-down conversion rate allowed), but has been playing really well on the offensive side of the ball, ranking sixth-best in the FBS with a 51.0% third-down percentage. UCLA has forced 15 total turnovers (76th in the FBS) this season and have turned it over 13 times (25th in the FBS) for +2a turnover margin of +2, 49th-ranked in college football.

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Pittsburgh has been excelling on the defensive side of the ball, allowing only 319.7 total yards per game (17th-best). Offensively, it ranks 55th by piling up 402.0 total yards per game. Pittsburgh ranks 46th in the FBS with 30.8 points per contest on offense, and it ranks 40th with 23.4 points given up per game on defense. Pittsburgh is generating 220.8 passing yards per contest on offense this season (77th-ranked). Meanwhile, it is surrendering 224.2 passing yards per contest (68th-ranked) on defense. Pittsburgh ranks 43rd in the FBS with 181.3 rushing yards per game, but it has been carried by its defense, which ranks seventh-best by giving up just 95.5 rushing yards per game. Pittsburgh’s defense has been dominant on third down, giving up a 31.0% third-down conversion percentage (15th-best). On offense, it ranks 60th in the FBS with a 39.8% third-down rate. Pittsburgh has recorded 14 forced turnovers (89th in the FBS) and committed 18 turnovers (78th in the FBS) this season for a -4 turnover margin that ranks 100th in the FBS.

UCLA vs. Pittsburgh Betting Analysis

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UCLA Betting Insights

UCLA has put together a record of 6-6-0 against the spread this season. UCLA is 4-4 ATS when playing as at least 8-point favorites. This season, UCLA games have hit the over nine times. The Bruins have been the moneyline favorite seven total times this season. They’ve finished 6-1 in those games. The Bruins have a record of 4-1 in games they have played as a moneyline favorite with odds of -300 or shorter (85.7%).

Panthers Betting Insights

Pittsburgh is 5-7-0 against the spread this year. Games involving Pittsburgh have hit the over on eight occasions this year. The Panthers have been listed as the underdog three times this season and have failed to win any of those games. The Panthers have not entered a game this season with longer moneyline odds than +237.

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UCLA vs. Pittsburgh Against The Spread & Betting Records


Overall Home Away
Point Total AVG 65.2 65.7 64.1
Implied Total AVG 40.4 41.3 38.8
ATS Record 6-6-0 4-4-0 2-2-0
Over/Under Record 9-3-0 5-3-0 4-0-0
Moneyline Favorite Record 6-1 3-1 3-0
Moneyline Underdog Record 2-2 2-1 0-1


Overall Home Away
Point Total AVG 50.9 51.4 50.3
Implied Total AVG 30.4 32.4 27.6
ATS Record 5-7-0 2-5-0 3-2-0
Over/Under Record 8-3-1 4-2-1 4-1-0
Moneyline Favorite Record 8-1 5-1 3-0
Moneyline Underdog Record 0-3 0-1 0-2

Players to Watch


  • Mo Osling III has hit the gridiron for 11 games, totaling 76 tackles for the Bruins.
  • Darius Muasau has hit the gridiron for 11 games, totaling two interceptions to go along with 67 tackles, two TFL, one sack, and two passes defended for the Bruins.
  • As part of the Bruins’ defense, Stephan Blaylock has registered one interception to go along with 51 tackles, four TFL, and two sacks in 11 games.
  • Laiatu Latu has been a big part of the Bruins’ defensive unit in 2022, with 30 tackles, nine TFL, eight sacks, and one pass defended in 10 games.


  • As a key defensive contributor, the Panthers’ SirVocea Dennis has amassed 86 tackles, nine TFL, five sacks, and one interception in 11 games.
  • M.J. Devonshine has registered 30 tackles and two interceptions in 11 games for the Panthers.
  • Erick Hallett has amassed three TFL, 49 tackles, and one interception in 10 games for the Panthers.
  • With 63 tackles and two passes defended in 11 games, Brandon Hill has been providing a big boost on defense for the Panthers.

UCLA vs. Pittsburgh Predictions and Pick

UCLA vs. Pittsburgh betting card

    Pick ATS:

    Panthers (+8)

    Pick OU:

    Over (53.5)

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Our pick to win this game is UCLA, and we predict that Pittsburgh will cover the spread (UCLA -8). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going over the posted total of 53.5 points.


Matt Rooney

Matt comes from Chicago and has lived in the area his whole life. Graduated from and played football at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, IL while also serving as the director of student sports broadcasting. He writes for Betsperts as well as appears on several shows across the network.

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