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UCF Knights College Football Betting

UCF Knights NCAA Football Betting

The UCF Knights are now a regular on the bowl circuit and began the season in the national conversation. Central Florida certainly had the offense to make a run at the American Athletic Conference championship. Problematic was a defense that was completely outclassed. The BYU Cougars have shown methodical improvement for fifth-year head coach Kalani Sitake. What is most interesting about this season is that BYU is best remembered for the one game that they lost. The Cougars 22-17 loss at Coastal Carolina was the game of the year for many observers. But it knocked out BYU from any hopes of the college football playoff.

UCF Knights Weekly Odds

UCF Knights +3.5

BYU Cougars -3.5

Total 69.5

UCF Knights Weekly Matchup

On Tuesday, December 22, 2020, the Central Florida Knights will face the BYU Cougars in the RoofClaim.com Boca Raton Bowl from FAU Stadium in Boca Raton, Florida. Kickoff time is set for 7 p.m. ET with television coverage on ESPN.

The BYU Cougars are 10-1 straight up, 6-4-1 against the spread and 5-6 under the total  BYU has national metrics of 9th for total offense, 12th for passing, 42nd for rushing, 8th for scoring, and 61st for turnovers. Defensively BYU ranks 10th in the nation, 24th against the pass, 19th against the rush, 3rd for points allowed, and 42nd for takeaways.

Once upon a time, the BYU Cougars were known as “Quarterback U.” Zach Wilson has restored that tradition over the past couple of seasons. This year Wilson threw for 3267 yards, 10.8 yards per attempt, 30 touchdowns, and just 3 interceptions.

Giving Wilson a helping hand was running back Tyler Allgeier, who kept defenses off-balance with 957 yards rushing, 7.3 yards per rush, and 12 touchdowns. And then Dax Milne caught 63 passes good for 1118 yards and 8 touchdowns.

BYU is 19-17-1 against the spread in all games. The Cougars are 11-13-1 vs. the odds as a favorite. And as an away team BYU is 10-6 on the board.

Overall, the Cougars are 15-20-1 under the total. As chalk BYU is 9-14-1 to the under. And as an away team the Cougars are 7-8-1 to the under.

In sum, Central Florida is 18-17 against the spread. As an away team UCF is 7-8 vs. the odds. In non-conference games, the Knights are 7-3 on the board. As a dog, UCF is 1-1 vs. the line.

Central Florida is 16-17 under the total in their last 33 games. As a dog, the Knights are 2-0 over the total. As an away team UCF is 7-8 under the number. And in non-conference games, Central Florida is 6-4 to the over.

The favorite has covered the last two meetings between these two teams with one over and one under in those matchups.

UCF Knights Weekly Recap

The Central Florida Knights enter the Boca Raton Bowl with a record of 6-3 straight up, 3-6 against the spread, and 6-3 over the total. Central Florida has national rankings of 2nd for total offense, 2nd for passing, 24th for rushing, and 6th for scoring. Defensively UCF was much worse with rankings of 117th in the nation, 117th against the pass, 92nd against the rush, and 80th for points allowed.

UCF Knights sophomore quarterback Dillon Gabriel had a highly productive season with 3353 yards passing, 9.1 yards per pass, 30 touchdowns, and just 4 interceptions.

Gabriel’s top target was Marlon Williams, who had 71 catches, 1039 yards, and 10 touchdowns. Also, a factor was Jaylon Robinson with 51 catches, 935 yards, and 5 touchdowns.

A trio of UCF running backs, Greg McCrae, Otis Anderson, and Bentavious Thompson all averaged over 5.3 yards per rush.

It was not easy for Josh Heupel to step into the UCF job after their undefeated 2017 season of glory in which they staked their own claim to a piece of the national championship. Then head coach Scott Frost was forever etched as the man that built the program from winless to undefeated in just two years. Of course, Frost got a lot of credit for Heupel’s initial success based on recruiting but now Heupel is taking on more heat for not having the program where it was when he took over.

2020 UCF Knights Schedule

Date Opponent Score
Sep 19 @ Georgia Tech W 49-21
Oct 26 @ East Carolina W 51-28
Oct 3 vs. Tulsa L 26-34
Oct 17 @ Memphis L 49-50
Oct 24 vs. Tulane W 51-34
Oct 31 @ Houston W 44-21
Nov 14 vs. Temple W 38-13
Nov 21 vs. Cincinnati L 33-36
Nov 27 @ South Florida W 58-46
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