Central Florida has had two weeks to prepare for this contest as well and the week off was much deserved after the Knights went into happy valley and shocked the Penn State Nittany Lions the week before. Central Florida got their first ever win against a Big Ten opponent in the 34-31 victory. Blake Bortles continued to impress, throwing for 288 yards, 3 TD’s and a pick -- his first of the season. Storm Johnson continues to carry the load for the Knights on the ground and he racked up a season high 117 and a TD on the ground and another TD through the air. Shawn Moffitt was 2/2 on FG attempts for the Knights and put through the game winner with 8 minutes remaining in the 4th quarter. UCF racked up 507 yards on a very solid Penn State defense and were just shy of their 36.6 points per game -- a number that ranks 44th in all of college football. The Penn State game should serve as a good warm-up for the Knights with the swarming Gamecock defense on tap Saturday.
Some trends to consider -- South Carolina is 6-2 against the spread in their last 8 non-conference games and UCF is 4-0 against the spread in their last 4 non-conference games.
South Carolina has the edge up front in this one, but have shown the ability to let teams put up points on them in a hurry and UCF excels on the offensive side of the ball. Look for Storm Johnson to continue his strong running play and Blake Bortles to play efficiently through the air as the Knights keep this one close and sneak away with the cover to make another national statement and enter the top 25 next week. The over is a strong play as well as both teams will look to do damage through the air.