Carson Steele, Top UCLA vs. Boise State Players to Watch – Starco Brands La Bowl

Written By PlayPicks Staff on December 9, 2023

The Starco Brands La Bowl will see the UCLA Bruins and the Boise State Broncos take the field on Saturday, December 16, 2023. The matchup kicks off at 7:30 PM ET and airs on ABC.

Last time out, the Bruins took the loss against the California Golden Bears, 33-7. The Broncos picked up a 44-20 victory last time out against the UNLV Rebels.

Last time out for the Bruins, Dante Moore finished with 23 completions on 38 attempts (60.5%) for 266 yards, throwing one touchdown and two interceptions. Carson Steele carried the ball 12 times for 53 yards. He also posted three receptions for 43 yards. Logan Loya snagged nine passes for 88 yards with one touchdown.

For the Broncos in their last game, Taylen Green completed 12 of 15 passing attempts (80.0%) and totaled 226 yards through the air, completing two touchdown passes but giving away one interception and two touchdowns as a rusher. Ashton Jeanty had 21 rushing attempts and finished with 153 yards and one touchdown. Billy Bowens ended the contest with four catches for 91 yards.

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UCLA Players to Watch

  • Moore leads the team with 1,610 passing yards (178.9 yards per game) and has a 53.5% completion percentage this year (114-of-213) while throwing 11 touchdowns with nine interceptions.
  • Steele has taken 167 attempts for a team-leading 846 rushing yards (70.5 yards per game) while scoring six touchdowns.
  • So far this year TJ Harden has rushed for 722 yards on 136 carries (60.2 ypg), with six rushing touchdowns.
  • Loya has 58 catches, leading his team with 650 yards (54.2 ypg) while hauling in five touchdowns this season.
  • J.Michael Sturdivant has hauled in 32 catches for 455 yards (37.9 yards per game) and three touchdowns.
  • Moliki Matavao has collected 266 yards on 12 receptions with two touchdowns, averaging 29.6 yards per game.

Boise State Players to Watch

  • Green has passed for 1,752 yards while completing 57.1% of his throws (121-of-212), with 11 touchdowns and nine interceptions (134.8 yards per game). He’s also rushed 77 times for 434 yards and nine touchdowns, averaging 33.4 yards per game.
  • Jeanty has taken 204 attempts for a team-leading 1,266 rushing yards (115.1 yards per game) while scoring 14 touchdowns. He’s also caught 39 passes for 552 yards with five touchdowns through the air.
  • George Holani has 606 yards on 116 carries (86.6 ypg), with five rushing touchdowns. He also has 16 catches for 154 yards (22 ypg).
  • Eric McAlister has 47 catches and paces his team with 873 receiving yards (97 ypg) while scoring five touchdowns.
  • This season Bowens is averaging 30 yards per game, with 25 catches for 360 yards and one touchdown.

UCLA Recent Stat Leaders

  • Braden Pegan has helped lead the Bruins’ defense with in their last three games.
  • Jake Heimlicher has helped lead the Bruins’ defense with in their last three games.
  • Will Powers has hit the gridiron for of the Bruins’ last three games, compiling .
  • Anthony Adkins, as part of the Bruins’ defensive unit, has collected in their last three games.

Boise State Recent Stat Leaders

  • Max Stege has registered in the Broncos’ last three games.
  • For the Broncos in their last three outings, Green has compiled .
  • The Broncos’ Jonah Dalmas has posted in the Broncos’ last three games.
  • With five tackles in games, Sheldon Newton has been doing his part for the Broncos in their last three outings.

UCLA vs. Boise State Odds

Favorite Spread Favorite Spread Odds Underdog Spread Odds Total Over Total Odds Under Total Odds
UCLA -6.5 -110 -110 46 -110 -110

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Team Stat Comparison

UCLA Boise State
Off. Points per Game (Rank) 25.8 (80) 32.9 (22)
Def. Points per Game (Rank) 18.1 (11) 24.8 (70)
Turnovers Allowed (Rank) 17 (110) 14 (84)
Turnovers Forced (Rank) 17 (13) 15 (35)

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