UCF Knights College Football Betting
In his third season as head coach of the UCF Knights, Josh Heupel he has proven that he can consistently put a high-octane offense on the field. But what has not been fixed and what ultimately brought down the Knights in 2020 is a defense that was rendered helpless more often than not. Defensive coordinator Randy Shannon is a respected member of the football community but in his third year in his current role the defense has regressed. Josh Heupel was once fired as offensive coordinator of the Oklahoma Sooners by head coach Bob Stoops. Heupel never spoke to Stoops ever again. Now the shoe is on the other foot and Heupel may have to make a tough call. As it is, this season has to go down as a major disappointment in that the Knights were picked as a co-favorite to win the American Athletic Conference and yet never came close. When UCF was upset at home by the Tulsa Golden Hurricane 34-26 as 20.5-point home chalks in their third game it served as a warning of what was to come.
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This is a bye week for the Central Florida Knights. And there is no game scheduled for next week as of yet.
UCF Knights Weekly Recap
Last Saturday the UCF Knights beat the South Florida Bulls 58-46 as 25-point road favorites with the game going over the total of 70.5. The game was typical of the Knights season in that their defense was not up to par and unable to bring home the money. In fact, South Florida outgained Central Florida 646 to 577 in total yards and held a 38 to 28 first down advantage, At the beginning of the season the Central Florida Knights were tabbed with the Cincinnati Bearcats and Memphis Tigers to win the American Athletic Conference. They were never a serious threat which has made for a lot of tension and a major disappointment for 2020.
The Central Florida Knights are 6-3 straight up, 3-6 against the spread, and 6-3 over the total. The backbreaker game for the Knights was on November 21 in a 36-33 loss to Cincinnati as 4-point home dogs with the game going over the total of 65.5. Central Florida took a 25-22 lead into the fourth quarter before their defense fell. Cincinnati is the best team in the AAC and UCF had a golden opportunity to prove their merits and save some face for what has been a letdown season. Instead it was indicative of what the Knights have become.
Central Florida ranks second in the nation for total offense, first for passing, 26th for rushing, 11th for scoring, and 111th for turnovers. Defensively the Knights rank 99th in the nation, 97th against the pass, 85th against the rush, 64th for points allowed, and 21st for takeaways.
Dillon Gabriel has had a strong season at quarterback with a rating of 162.1, 30 touchdown passes and just 4 interceptions. Gabriel averaged 9.1 yards per pass with 3353 yards.
Against a tough Cincinnati defense, he threw three touchdown passes and threw for 243 yards. Gabriel offers the promise of plenty of upside for next year after two years as a highly productive starter. Against South Florida last week Gabriel threw for 336 yards and four touchdowns.
Greg McRae also had an impressive game against South Florida with 25 rushes good for 130 yards and 1 touchdown. This season McRae has 681 yards rushing with 7.1 yards per carry and nine touchdowns.
Bentavious Thompson also cracked triple figures against South Florida with 110 yards rushing on 16 carries with two touchdowns. On the season Thompson has 369 yards rushing with 5.3 yards per carry and five touchdowns.
Jacob Harris was the top target for Gabriel against South Florida with five catches good for 110 yards and three touchdowns.
The top receiver this season has been Marlon Williams with 71 catches good for 1039 yards and 10 touchdowns with 14.6 yards per catch. So too has Jaylon Robinson been a key asset with 51 catches good for 935 yards, 18.3 yards per catch and five touchdowns.
2020 UCF Knights Schedule
||@ Georgia Tech
||@ East Carolina
||@ South Florida
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