Boca Raton Bowl Prediction: BYU vs UCF 12/22/20 College Football Picks, Odds, Predictions

Boca Raton Bowl Prediction: BYU vs UCF 12/22/20 College Football Picks, Odds, Predictions Photo by Mike Watters-USA TODAY Sports

UCF Knights (6-3) at BYU Cougars (10-1)

College Football: Tuesday, December 22, 2020 at 7:00 pm (FAU Stadium)

The Line: BYU Cougars -5 -- Over/Under: 75 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The BYU Cougars face off with the UCF Knights in Tuesday Night college football action in the Boca Raton Bowl from FAU Stadium in Boca Raton. 

The UCF Knights got their invite to the Boca Raton Bowl after finishing with an overall record of 6-3, finishing the year with a 58-46 win over South Florida last time out. Dillon Gabriel has thrown for 3,353 yards, 30 touchdowns and 4 interceptions on 61.7% passing while Greg McCrae leads the Knights in rushing with 681 rushing yards along with 9 touchdowns and Otis Anderson had 614 rushing yards with 4 scores in the regular season. Bentavious Thompson also added 369 rushing yards while Marlon Williams had a team-high 71 catches for 1,039 yards and 10 TDs to lead the UCF receiving group. Jaylon Robinson had 51 grabs for 935 yards and 5 scores while Jacob Harris added 472 receiving yards and Ryan O’Keefe had 383 receiving yards this season, with Harris logging 7 touchdowns. On defense, Richie Grant led the Knights with 72 total tackles including 49 solo tackles and 3 interceptions while Kenny Turnier had a team-high 4 sacks and Tre’mon Morris-Brash had 3.5 sacks this season.

The BYU Cougars come into this bowl game after finishing the regular season with an impressive 10-1 record, with the one blemish coming in the form of a 22-17 loss to Coastal Carolina. Zach Wilson threw for 3,267 yards, 20 touchdowns and 3 interceptions on 73.2% passing while Tyler Allgeier led BYU in rushing with 957 rushing yards and 12 TDs. Lopini Katoa added 423 rushing yards with 5 scores and the aforementioned Wilson added 242 rushing yards with 8 TDs. Dax Milne leads BYU with 63 catches for 1,118 yards with 8 touchdowns while Gunner Romney has 755 receiving yards and Neil Pau’u has 517 receiving yards. Isaac Rex has 333 receiving yards with a team-high 10 touchdowns as well for BYU this season. On defense, Isaiah Kaufusi has a team-high 75 total tackles including 42 solo tackles and 4 sacks  while Tyler Batty has 4 sacks as well for the Cougars this season.

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UCF is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games against a team with a winning record and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 non-conference games while the over is 5-2 in their last 7 neutral site games. BYU is 1-5 ATS in their last 6 bowl games and 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall while the under is 5-2 in their last 7 games against a team with a winning record.

Okay, maybe I’m just as square as it goes, but to be honest, I’m not sure how anyone can look at this game and not immediately think over. Before the line came out I was on the over and where it is now, I still love it going well into the 80s. I think we could easily see the highest scoring game of all the bowls right here, so give me the over in this spot between two of the country’s most-prolific offenses.

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Chris’s Pick Over 75

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

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