LAS VEGAS — As soon as described as probably the most revolutionary soccer coach in America, Chip Kelly is now not being touted for his superior strategies and inventive pondering. However, to his credit score, he has discovered new methods to be boring, lose and nonetheless financial institution huge numbers.
In three years at UCLA, Kelly’s document is 10-21. Within the fourth 12 months, he’ll pull in a wage of $5.6 million.
If Kelly has one thing left in his suppose tank, it should present early within the faculty soccer season when his Bruins are featured in a pair of marquee video games towards Hawaii and LSU, each within the idyllic Rose Bowl setting in Pasadena, Calif.
“I’m excessive on UCLA this 12 months,” South Level sportsbook director Chris Andrews mentioned. “Kelly has had a checkered profession, however he did very well at Oregon. These are his gamers now, and I feel this staff might be higher than most individuals suppose.”
The Bruins return 20 starters, 10 on both sides of the ball, and junior quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson will set off Kelly’s offense. UCLA completed 3-4 final 12 months, with every of the losses by six factors or fewer, so there are causes to be optimistic.
Nonetheless, Kelly is just not being paid like a king to be aggressive and lose shut video games. Hailed as a wizard when he arrived in Westwood, Kelly has fizzled. Persistence is carrying skinny with the coach who dominated the Pac-12 at Oregon, the place he went 46-7 and posted a 33-3 convention document, from 2009 to 2012.
Kelly’s fast detour via the NFL — three years with the Eagles and one with the 49ers — was a failed enterprise that resulted in him being fired twice.
In what is called Week 0 of the school season, Hawaii-UCLA is one among solely 5 video games on the schedule. Kelly’s finest shot at a bounce-back 12 months begins Saturday, when the Bruins are 17-point favorites towards the Warriors.
Coached by the fiery Todd Graham, Hawaii returns 18 starters from a 5-4 staff that gained a bowl, and the Warriors won’t be pushovers.
“I’d suppose Kelly must get to a bowl recreation in 12 months 4 from the standpoint of job safety,” mentioned Texas-based handicapper Paul Stone, a VSiN contributor. “The Bruins seem to have loads of items on offense however should get higher defensively to show a few of these shut losses into victories. Hawaii ought to be modestly improved in Graham’s second season, plus this looks like a great spot to fade UCLA laying this sort of quantity with a much-anticipated recreation towards LSU ready within the wings.”
Stone mentioned he took 17.5 factors with Hawaii. The Bruins are 4.5-point dwelling underdogs to LSU on Sept. 4, when the season begins full blast.
Andrews, who charges the Bruins because the sixth-best staff within the Pac-12, mentioned, “There’s at all times a shock staff and I feel UCLA may very well be that staff.”
On his 100-point scale for energy rankings, Andrews has Alabama within the high spot with a 103 ranking. That’s not a shock. Even after dropping six gamers who have been picked within the first spherical of the NFL draft, the Crimson Tide open the season as 18.5-point favorites towards Miami on a impartial area in Atlanta on Sept. 4.
“Let me put it this fashion, no one is thrashing down the door to wager towards Alabama,” Andrews mentioned.
A Massive Ten matchup kicks off Saturday’s motion. Nebraska is a 7-point favourite at Illinois, and the ’canine has drawn cash after the road opened 8.5. The Combating Illini pulled the plug on the Lovie Smith period and changed the previous NFL coach with Bret Bielema.
The Cornhuskers are 12-20 in coach Scott Frost’s three seasons. A destructive story has surfaced with Nebraska, which is below NCAA investigation for reported violations below Frost’s watch.
“There was some controversy with Frost, however I’m unsure how that’s going to have an effect on this staff,” Andrews mentioned.
Fresno State is a 27.5-point favourite towards Connecticut within the recreation with the least wagering motion. Andrews put an influence ranking of 45 on UConn, which isn’t at all-time low. The bottom staff’s on Andrews’ scale are Texas-El Paso (43), Akron (42), New Mexico State (40), Bowling Inexperienced (38) and Massachusetts (38).
Within the Saturday night time prime-time slot that usually options elite groups, the Aggies and Miners are taking the highlight in Las Cruces, N.M.
“Are you able to think about UTEP being a 9-point street favourite?” Andrews requested. “That appears method too excessive to me.”
Stone mentioned he wager UTEP -7 early this summer season and nonetheless recommends a small play on the favourite on the present quantity. UTEP is a street favourite for less than the fourth time up to now 11 seasons, so Stone mentioned, “don’t get carried away with the Miners.”