UCF Knights (3-2) at Houston Cougars (2-1)
College Football: Saturday, October 31, 2020 at 2:00 pm (TDECU Stadium)
The Line: Houston Cougars +2.5 -- Over/Under: 82.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The UCF Knights and the Houston Cougars meet in Week 9 AAC college football action from TDECU Stadium on Saturday afternoon in a battle of high flying offenses.
The UCF Knights will try to build on their 2-2 mark in conference play after a 51-34 win over Tulane last time out. Dillon Gabriel has thrown for 2,178 yards, 19 touchdowns and 2 interceptions on 64.9% passing while Greg McCrae leads UCF with 389 rushing yards and 4 touchdowns and Otis Anderson has 310 rushing yards and 2 scores. Marlon Williams leads UCF with 54 catches for 753 yards and 6 touchdowns while Jaylon Robinson has 32 receptions for 602 yards and 4 touchdowns. Ryan O’Keefe and Jacob Harris each have 200+ receiving yards with Harris putting up 4 TDs as well this season. Defensively, Eric Mitchell leads UCF with 40 total tackles while Richie Grant has 36 total tackles with a team-high 24 solo tackles. Kenny Turnier has a team-high 4 sacks while Randy Charlton has a pair of sacks and the aforementioned Grant has a pair of interceptions for the Knights this season.
The Houston Cougars will look to build on their 2-0 conference record as part of their 2-1 overall mark this season after a 37-21 win over Navy last time out. Clayton Tune has thrown for 945 yards, 7 touchdowns and 2 interceptions on 66.3% passing while Kyle Porter leads the Cougars in rushing with 203 rushing yards and a pair of touchdowns. Marquez Stevenson has a team-high 15 catches for 266 yards and 3 touchdowns while Keith Corbin and Tre’von Bradley each have 100+ receiving yards for Houston. Defensively, Donavan Mutin has a team-high 22 total tackles with 16 solo tackles while Payton Turner and Grant Stuard each have 21 total tackles with Turner adding 3 sacks to the cause as well.
UCF is 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall and 10-4 ATS in their last 14 games against a team with a winning record while the over is 4-0 in their last 4 games as a road favorite. Houston is 21-8-1 ATS in their last 30 games as an underdog and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 conference games while the over is 4-0 in their last 4 games overall.
We’ve seen what both of these teams can do offensively, as UCFhas scored at least 49 points in 4 of their 5 games this season while Houston’s put up at least 28 in all three of their games, and 37 or more in their two wins this season. Getting a free field goal with Houston at home is tempting as they’re the better defensive team, but that UCF offense is electric. The Knights though are porous defensively, so while it may seem like the obvious play, I think the over is the way to go here as you couldn’t set this total high enough. I could easily see both teams getting into the 40s in this one.