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Central Florida Knights vs. Rutgers Scarlet Knights Pick-Odds-Prediction 11/21/13

Rutgers Scarlet Knights (5-4) at Central Florida Knights (8-1)

College Football: Thursday, November 21, 2013 at 7:30 pm (Bright House Networks Stadium)

The Line: Central Florida Knights -14.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN

The 5-4 Rutgers Scarlet Knights look to become bowl eligible as they visit the 17th ranked Central Florida Knights for ESPN Thursday night football.

Rutgers was once again embarrassed on their own field this past weekend as the Cincinnati Bearcats came to town and rolled to a 52-17 win.  The Scarlet Knights were flat all game long and were especially disappointing in the secondary where they gave up 405 yards passing and 4 touchdowns to the Bearcats.  The lead got to 52-7 before some late garbage scores got Rutgers their final 10 points.  Gary Nova regressed back to the player we saw much of the first half of the season in this one, struggling mightily to hit WR’s in stride.  Nova finished the game with 170 yards passing, 1 TD, and 2 picks.  Huggins and James combined for just over 100 yards for the Scarlet Knights.  The Rutgers defense yielded 619 yards in this contest and racked up 70 yards in costly penalties -- many coming out of frustration late in the game.  Rutgers will need to put this loss behind them quickly with a very well balanced Central Florida squad looming.

Central Florida Knights vs. Rutgers Scarlet Knights Pick-Odds-Prediction 11/21/13

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UCF avoided being the victim of the upset of the weekend this past Saturday as they rallied to defeat a scrappy Temple team 39-36.  Temple led for most of this contest and controlled a 36-29 lead before the Knights reeled off 10 points in just over a minute for the win.  Blake Bortles connected with J.J. Worton for what will likely go down as the best catch of the year to knot the game late before a 23 yard Shawn Moffitt FG sealed the deal.  Bortles finished the game with 404 yards passing and 4 TD’s and Storm Johnson added another strong outing -- rushing ofr 122 yards.  The Knights defense had their worst showing of the season allowing a Temple offense that has looked anemic at times this season to register over 500 yards and 36 points.  Despite the lackluster showing for most of the contest, the Knights turned it on when it mattered and still control their own destiny for the AAC title and a big time bowl game.

Rutgers has shown pretty well on Thursday night football over the past few years but I get the feeling that some internal turmoil and a struggling defense will be too much to overcome for the Scarlet Knights on the road.  Expect a typical, UCF dual threat attack with Bortles at QB and lots of carries for Storm Johnson as the Knights pull away in the 2nd half for the cover at home.   

Central Florida -14.5

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