UCF Knights Odds - Gasparilla Bowl Betting

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UCF Knights Betting

The UCF Knights failed to live up to their own lofty expectations in 2019, but they can still post their third straight 10-win season with a victory over the Marshall Thundering Herd in the Gasparilla Bowl. UCF is the biggest favorite of bowl week. The Knights are -17.5 per the college football betting odds against their former Conference USA rivals, and only Sun Belt powerhouse Appalachian State is anything close to as big of a favorite. This will be the fourth time in the last 10 years that UCF is going bowling in the nearby Tampa Bay area. The Knights’ three previous trips to the area saw them head to Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, where they went 1-2. They will be playing in Tampa proper at Raymond James Stadium this year though, and this should be a home game for the Knights.

Gasparilla Bowl Odds

UCF Knights -17.5

Marshall Thundering Herd +17.5

Total 61.5

UCF won eight straight games against Marshall as a member of Conference USA from 2005 to 2012. All but two of those games were decided by double digits, and the Knights hammered the Thundering Herd 54-17 in their last meeting back in 2012.

Dillon Gabriel has been largely solid as the Knights’ freshman quarterback. Gabriel has completed 59.4 percent of his passes this year for 3,393 yards with 27 touchdowns and seven interceptions. He has had some accuracy issues, particularly on timing routes, but he has improved as the season has worn on.

Unfortunately, he will not have his best receiver available for this game. Gabriel Davis has decided to skip the Gasparilla Bowl and his senior season to focus on the 2020 NFL Draft. Davis is expected to be one of the top receivers available after catching 72 passes for 1,241 yards with 12 touchdowns in 2019.

That will open the door for Tre Nixon to take on a much larger role. Nixon has been the No 2 receiver all season with 47 receptions for 776 yards and seven touchdowns alongside Davis. Expect Gabriel to target Nixon the most, while Marlon Williams slides into Nixon’s former role.

The Knights have a great ground game, running for 5.1 YPC in 2019. Josh Heupel rotates four running backs to keep everyone fresh, and they have all found paydirt at least five times this season. Adrian Killins is the home run threat with his speed and agility, while Otis Anderson is the most reliable runner of the bunch.

Marshall has an above average defense. The Thundering Herd are allowing 3.8 YPC, but they played in the worst conference in the country this year in Conference USA. They were obliterated by Cincinnati earlier in the season, and Marshall lost to both Charlotte and Middle Tennessee State too.

This offense relies on Brenden Knox to run the ball effectively. Knox ran for 1,284 yards and 11 touchdowns this season, as Doc Holliday turned to the big bruiser more and more as the campaign progressed. He closed out the year carrying the ball 33 times for 146 yards and a touchdown in an overtime win over Florida International, and he opens things up for quarterback Isaiah Green when he runs effectively.

That’s often needed as Green isn’t a great passer. Green is a dynamic runner and the second leading rusher on the team if you discount sack yardage. However, he is completing just 57.5 percent of his passes, averaging 7.2 YPA with 14 touchdowns and nine interceptions on the year. He completed less than 45 percent of his passes in his last two games, so UCF’s defense could take advantage. The Knights are conceding only 6.1 YPA per pass.

Regular Season Recap

The Knights were looking to win their third straight conference championship to start the season. UCF got off to a great start by thrashing FAMU, Florida Atlantic, and Stanford, but they couldn’t get past Pittsburgh in the Steel City.

The Panthers put together one of their best offensive performances of the season against the Knights. Pittsburgh racked up 30 first downs and 439 total yards on this defense to become the first team to beat UCF in the regular season since 2016. That defeat humbled the Knights, but it didn’t ruin their conference championship hopes. Instead, those dreams were dashed in Cincinnati in early October.

UCF’s run defense was gashed by Cincinnati, resulting in a 27-24 loss for the Knights. Michael Warren II ran 23 times for 133 yards against this front seven, and Gabriel threw three costly interceptions in the defeat. Davis had an incredible night, catching 13 passes for 170 yards, but it wasn’t enough to get past the Bearcats.

After the defeat, the Knights won three straight games before falling on the road against Tulsa. Their run of poor performances on the road continued with a narrow win over Tulane prior to UCF’s season finale with USF.

There was never a doubt that the Knights would emerge victorious. UCF finished the evening with more than twice as many yards as its in-state rival, routing USF 34-7. Gabriel threw for 270 yards and two touchdowns, while Killins ran for 115 yards and a score. USF turned the ball over three times in the loss, managing just 250 total yards. The result led to USF firing Charlie Strong on Sunday, as it was his third straight loss to UCF.

2019-20 College Bowls Betting Schedule

DATE BOWL LOCATION / TIME MATCHUP
College Football Playoff
Dec 28 Peach Bowl Atlanta, GA / 4 PM No. 1 LSU vs. No. 4 Oklahoma
Dec 28 Fiesta Bowl Glendale, AZ / 8 PM No. 2 Ohio State vs. No. 3 Clemson
Jan 13 CFP National Championship New Orleans, LA / 8 PM Semifinal Winners
Selection Committee Bowl Games
Dec 28 Cotton Bowl Arlington, TX / Noon No. 10 Penn State vs. No. 17 Memphis
Dec 30 Orange Bowl Miami Gardens, FL / 8 PM No. 9 Florida vs. No. 24 Virginia
Jan 1 Rose Bowl Pasadena, CA / 5 PM No. 6 Oregon vs. No. 8 Wisconsin
Jan 1 Sugar Bowl New Orleans, LA / 8:45 PM No. 5 Georgia vs. No. 7 Baylor
Other Bowl Games
Dec 20 Bahamas Bowl Nassau, Bahamas / 2 PM Buffalo vs. Charlotte
Dec 20 Frisco Bowl Frisco, TX / 7:30 PM Kent State vs. Utah State
Dec 21 Celebration Bowl Atlanta, GA / 12:00 PM Alcorn State vs. North Carolina A&T
Dec 21 New Mexico Bowl Albuquerque, NM / 2 PM Central Michigan vs. San Diego State
Dec 21 Cure Bowl Orlando, FL / 2:30 PM Liberty vs. Georgia Southern
Dec 21 Boca Raton Bowl Boca Raton, FL / 3:30 PM FAU vs. SMU
Dec 21 Camelia Bowl Montgomery, AL / 5:30 PM Arkansas State vs. Florida International
Dec 21 Las Vegas Bowl Las Vegas, NV / 7:30 PM No. 19 Boise State vs. Washington
Dec 21 New Orleans Bowl New Orleans, LA / 9 PM No. 20 Appalachian State vs. UAB
Dec 23 Gasparilla Bowl Tampa, FL / 2:30 PM Marshall vs. UCF
Dec 24 Hawaii Bowl Honolulu, HI / 8 PM BYU vs. Hawai'i
Dec 26 Independence Bowl Shreveport, LA / 4 PM Louisiana Tech vs. Miami (Fla.)
Dec 26 Quick Lane Bowl Detroit, MI / 8 PM Eastern Michigan vs. Pittsburgh
Dec 27 Military Bowl Annapolis, MD / Noon North Carolina vs. Temple
Dec 27 Pinstripe Bowl The Bronx, NY / 3:20 PM Michigan State vs. Wake Forest
Dec 27 Texas Bowl Houston, TX / 6:45 PM No. 25 Oklahoma State vs. Texas A&M
Dec 27 Holiday Bowl San Diego, CA / TBA No. 16 Iowa vs. No. 22 Southern California
Dec 27 Cheez-It Bowl Phoenix, AZ / 10:15 PM Air Force vs. Washington State
Dec 28 Camping World Bowl Orlando, FL / Noon No. 15 Notre Dame vs. Iowa State
Dec 30 First Responder Bowl University Park, TX / 12:30 PM Western Kentucky vs. Western Michigan
Dec 30 Music City Bowl Nashville, TN / 4 PM Louisville vs. Mississippi State
Dec 30 Redbox Bowl Santa Clara, CA / TBA California vs. Illinois
Dec 31 Belk Bowl Charlotte, NC / Noon Kentucky vs. Virginia Tech
Dec 31 Sun Bowl El Paso, TX / 2 PM Arizona State vs. Florida State
Dec 31 Arizona Bowl Tucson, AZ / 4:30 PM Georgia State vs. Wyoming
Dec 31 Alamo Bowl San Antonio, TX / 7:30 PM No. 11 Utah vs. Texas
Dec 31 Liberty Bowl Mephis, TN / 3:45 PM Kansas State vs. Navy
Jan 1 Outback Bowl Tampa, FL / 1 PM No. 12 Auburn vs. No. 18 Minnesota
Jan 1 Citrus Bowl Orlando, FL / 1 PM No. 13 Alabama vs. No. 14 Michigan
Jan 2 Birmingham Bowl Birmingham, AL / 3 PM No. 21 Cincinnati vs. Boston College
Jan 2 Gator Bowl Jacksonville, FL / 7 PM Indiana vs. Tennessee
Jan 3 Idaho Potato Bowl Boise, ID / 3:30 PM Nevada vs. Ohio
Jan 4 Armed Forces Bowl Fort Worth, TX / 11:30 AM Southern Miss vs. Tulane
Jan 6 LendingTree Bowl Mobile, AL / 7:30 PM Louisiana-Lafayette vs. Miami (Ohio)

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