This is going to be easy for UCLA, according to Nevada -- the “gambling” Nevada, not the “football-playing” Nevada.
The 21st-ranked Bruins opened as a 14 1/2-point favorite against Nevada in their Aug. 31 season opener. That has swelled to 19 1/2 to 20 points, depending on the casino, according to Las Vegas Sports Consultants.
(Las Vegas Sports Consultants sets the line for the majority of the Nevada casinos).
So this looks like a tap-in putt for UCLA.
Since 2007, the Bruins have been favored by 16 or more points eight times, including 20 or more points three times. They have won all eight.
Of course, gamblers don’t consider that a perfect record. UCLA has a 5-3 record against the spread.
So how successful the Bruins are as a heavy favorite depends on one’s definition of “winning.”