Central Florida Knights vs. South Carolina Gamecocks Free Pick 9/28/13
South Carolina Gamecocks (2-1) at Central Florida Knights (3-0)
NCAAF Football: Saturday, September 28, 2013 at 12:00 pm (Bright House Networks Stadium)
The Line: Central Florida Knights 7.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Central Florida Knights look for a statement victory at home as the 12th ranked South Carolina Gamecocks pay a visit Saturday at noon on ABC.
South Carolina currently sits at 2-1 and has had two weeks to prepare for the high octane Central Florida offense. South Carolina allowed Vanderbilt to make things interesting just prior to their bye week, as they escaped with a 35-25 victory. The Gamecocks were led by Connor Shaw’s efficient 284 yards and 3 touchdowns. South Carolina struck quickly in this one, building a 28-0 lead and not allowing a Commodore point until the 3:38 mark of the first half. Bruce Ellington finished the game with a team high 111 yards and a TD and on the ground, quarterback Shaw led the way once again with 84 yards. On the defensive side of the ball, Clowney was very disruptive up front and forced a key fumble in the 3rd quarter, showing that he can still dominate games easily, despite playing with a nagging injury. The Gamecock D will need to be on the ball with Central Florida looming as the Knights have scored at will against all opponents this season.
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.