Cincinnati vs. UCF - 10/7/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Cincinnati vs. UCF - 10/7/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by USA TODAY Sports

UCF Knights (3-0) at Cincinnati Bearcats (2-3)

College Football: Saturday, October 7, 2017 at 8:00 pm (Nippert Stadium)

The Line: Cincinnati Bearcats +16 -- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The UCF Knights and Cincinnati Bearcats meet Saturday in college football action at Nippert Stadium on ESPNU.

The UCF Knights look for their second road victory to build on their impressive 4-0 start to the CFB season. The UCF Knights have split their last eight road games. McKenzie Milton is completing 64.6 percent of his passes for 791 yards, eight touchdowns and two interceptions. Milton has moved the chains through the air 28 times this season. Tre'Quan Smith and Dredrick Snelson have combined for 311 receiving yards and four touchdowns while Jordan Akins has four receptions. The UCF Knights ground game is averaging 249.3 yards per contest, and Adrian Killins, Jr. leads the way with 192 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, Central Florida is allowing 13.3 points and 309.3 yards per game. Pat Jasinski leads the UCF Knights with 19 tackles, Jamiyus Pittman has two sacks and Mike Hughes has two interceptions. 

The Cincinnati Bearcats look to snap a two-game skid and get back to a .500 record. The Cincinnati Bearcats have lost four of their last six home games. Hayden Moore is completing 52.5 percent of his passes for 1,097 yards, nine touchdowns and four interceptions. Moore has three touchdown passes in three of his last six games. Devin Gray and Kahlil Lewis have combined for 475 receiving yards and five touchdowns while Thomas Geddis has 12 receptions. The Cincinnati Bearcats ground game is averaging 100 yards per contest, and Gerrid Doaks leads the way with 210 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, Cincinnati is allowing 29.4 points and 401.2 yards per game. Jaylyin Minor leads the Cincinnati Bearcats with 51 tackles, Kevin Mouhon has two sacks and Bryan Wright has one interception.

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The Knights are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games, 4-0 ATS vs. a team with a losing record and 10-4 ATS in their last 14 games overall. The Bearcats are 1-10 ATS in their last 11 home games, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 conference games and 4-11 ATS in their last 15 games overall. The under is 18-7-1 in Bearcats last 26 games overall and the under is 9-2 in Knights last 11 games overall.

UCF beat Cincinnati by 21 points last year, and I think it's safe to say that this years Knights are a better team than they were a year ago. UCF has a wonderful combination of offense and defense, and it has to be the early favorite to win the AAC this season with the way its played up to this point. The Bearcats have had issues getting off the field when they play decent teams, and their offense has turned the ball over eight times. Cincinnti simply hasn't shown enough that it's capable of putting up a fight against a hot and balanced squad such as the UCF Knights. Give me the road team in a blowout.

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Randy’s Pick UCF Knights -16

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.

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