UCF vs. Memphis - 9/8/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Memphis Tigers (1-0) at UCF Knights (1-0)
College Football: Saturday, September 8, 2017 at 6:30 pm (Bright House Networks Stadium)
The Line: UCF Knights -3 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Memphis Tigers and UCF Knights meet Friday in college football action at Bright House Networks Stadium.
The Memphis Tigers look for another victory after beating the Louisiana Monroe Warhawks, 37-29, in their season opener. The Memphis Tigers have won three of their last four road games. Riley Ferguson is completing 40 percent of his passes for 97 yards, zero touchdowns and one interception. Ferguson has eight touchdown passes in his last three games. Anthony Miller and Joey Magnifico have combined for 43 receiving yards on three catches while Phil Mayhue has one reception. The Memphis Tigers ground game is averaging 319 yards per contest, and Darrell Henderson leads the way with 169 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, Memphis is allowing 29 points and 425 yards per game. Curtis Akins leads the Memphis Tigers with nine tackles, O'Bryan Goodson has one sack and Austin Hall has one interception.
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The UCF Knights also look for a 2-0 start after waxing FIU, 61-17, in their season opener. The UCF Knights have split their last eight home games. McKenzie Milton is completing 76.2 percent of his passes for 360 yards, four touchdowns and one interception. Milton has five touchdown passes in his last two games. Dredrick Snelson and Tre'Quan Smith have combined for 170 receiving yards and two touchdowns while Cam Stewart has one reception. The UCF Knights ground game is averaging 148 yards per contest, and Jawon Hamilton leads the way with 56 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Central Florida is allowing 17 points and 335 yards per game. Nate Evans leads the UCF Knights with six tackles, Shawn Burgess-Becker has one sack and Tre Neal has one interception.
The Tigers are 8-3-1 ATS in their last 12 games in September, 2-5 ATS in their last 7 road games and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The Knights are 4-9 ATS in their last 13 home games. The Tigers are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 meetings in Central Florida, the home team is 5-0 ATS in their last 5 meetings and the under is 3-1-1 in the last 5 meetings.
While these teams haven't played each other since 2013, UCF has owned Memphis in every meeting. The Knights also showed just how explosive they can be in their season opener, and the confidence should be there after getting whatever they wanted on both sides of the ball. Of course, Memphis has a proven quarterback and can score points of its own, but the defense has some question marks and Louisiana Monroe did have nine more first downs than the Tigers despite the loss. The UCF Knights could make some noise in the AAC this season, and I expect a 2-0 start with another big home victory.