Sun Bowl Prediction & Odds
The ACC will meet the Pac-12 on Friday afternoon when No. 18 UCLA takes on Pittsburgh in the Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl at 2:00 p.m. ET.
Will the Panthers hang as a 7.5-point underdog or are the Bruins the better bet?
Game Matchup & Betting Odds
261 Pittsburgh Panthers (+7.5) vs. 262 UCLA Bruins (-7.5); o/u 54.5
2:00 p.m. ET, Friday, December 30, 2022
Sun Bowl, El Paso, TX
Pittsburgh vs. UCLA Public Betting Information
As of this writing, our CFB Public Betting page shows that 67% of bets are on UCLA. That said, this page is updated frequently so make sure that you click on the link provided so that you’re getting the most updated information.
Pittsburgh Panthers Game Notes
Israel Abanikanda announced Monday via his personal Twitter account that he’ll forego the Sun Bowl against UCLA on Dec. 30 and instead prepare for the 2023 NFL Draft. Abanikanda is now slated to enter the NFL after a solid three-year stint at Pittsburgh. In that span, the 215-pound running back rushed 390 times for 2,177 yards and 28 touchdowns, while he also caught 38 passes for 354 yards and three more scores. Despite missing a game and a half due to injury during his junior campaign, Abanikanda led the country with 21 touchdowns, ranked No. 9 nationally in total rushing yards (1,431) and was selected first team All-ACC.
UCLA Bruins Game Notes
Zach Charbonnet totaled 19 rushes for 95 yards during Saturday’s 48-45 loss to USC. He also caught four passes for 29 yards. As expected, Charbonnet had success against USC’s questionable rush defense but failed to put any points on the board. He was able to break out a few good runs but was caught in the backfield a couple of times. USC’s defense held up better than expected, but Charbonnet has been a frustration for every defense he’s faced.
Pittsburgh vs. UCLA Betting Trends
Over is 9-2 in Panthers last 11 non-conference games
Over is 8-2 in Panthers last 10 games overall
Over is 12-5 in Bruins last 17 games overall
Over is 6-1 in Bruins last 7 games following a straight up win
Pittsburgh vs. UCLA Betting Prediction
The Panthers are just 1-5 against the spread in their last six bowl games, are 1-4 against the number in their last five non-conference games and are 2-6 at the betting window in their last eight games coming off a win. On the other side, the Bruins are 4-0 at the betting window in their last four games after accumulating more than 450 total yards in their previous game.
SUN BOWL PREDICTION: UCLA BRUINS -7.5