The UCF Knights and the Texas Tech Red Raiders meet in college football action from Jones AT&T Stadium on Saturday.
UCF Smacks Oklahoma State
The UCF Knights come into this one looking to build on a 45-3 win over Oklahoma State last time out to improve to 5-5 on the year. John Rhys Plumlee has thrown for 1,572 yards, 11 touchdowns and 7 interceptions on 63.1% passing while also rushing for 331 yards and 4 TDs. RJ Harvey has a team-high 1,082 rushing yards with 12 touchdowns while Johnny Richardson has 505 rushing yards as well. Javon Baker has a team-high 37 receptions for 790 receiving yards and 5 touchdowns while Kobe Hudson has 703 receiving yards and 7 touchdowns this season. Another three UCF receivers have 200+ receiving yards as well on the year. On defense, Jason Johnson has a team-high 86 total tackles while Tre’Mon Morris-Brash has a team-high 8.5 sacks and Malachi Lawrence has 6.5 sacks as well on the year.
UCF Knights Team Facts
UCF has won seven of its last eight games in November.
The underdog has covered the spread in each of UCF's last six games.
Each of UCF's last four November games as a road underdog have gone OVER the total points line.
Texas Tech Wins Back-To-Back Games
The Texas Tech Red Raiders come into this one on the heels of back-to-back wins after a 16-13 win over Kansas in their last matchup. Behren Morton has thrown for 1,154 yards, 10 touchdowns and 3 interceptions on 63.9% passing while Tahj Brooks has rushed for a team-high 1,170 yards and 8 touchdowns. Jerand Bradley leads Texas Tech’s receivers with 423 receiving yards along with 4 touchdowns while Myles Price has a team-high 43 grabs for 410 yards and 5 TDs. Xavier White also has 393 receiving yards as well on the year. Jordan Brown and Coy Eakin each have 200+ receiving yards as well for Texas Tech this season. On defense, Ben Roberts has a team-high 81 total tackles while Myles Cole and Jaylon Hutchings each have 3.5 sacks and Dadrion Taylor-Demerson has 4 interceptions this season.
Texas Tech Red Raiders Team Facts
Texas Tech has won each of its last six November games against non-AP-ranked teams.
Texas Tech has covered the spread in each of its last five November games against non-AP-ranked teams.
Each of Texas Tech's last six home games against conference opponents have gone OVER the total points line.
I’m rocking with UCF here. The Knights haven’t been great on the road, and this is a huge game as both can get bowl eligibility with a win, but UCF just has the edge in all facets against Texas Tech’s defense, while UCF’s defense is solid against the pass, which is what Texas Tech likes to do more than anything on the offensive side of the ball. Not one I’m rushing to bet, but I’ll back the Knights getting the points in a game that I could see needing OT.