FAU vs. UCF - 9/7/19 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
UCF at FAU
Saturday, September 7, 2019 at 6:00 PM (FAU Stadium)
UCF Knights -10 -- O/U: 70.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The UCF Knights and the Florida Atlantic Owls meet in a Sunshine State showdown in week 2 college football action from FAU Stadium on Saturday evening.
The UCF Knights will look to build on a strong showing in their season opener in which they defeated Florida A&M by a final score of 62-0. Brandon Wimbush threw for 168 yards and 2 touchdowns on 12 of 23 passing while Dillon Gabriel completed 9 of 13 passes for 127 yards and 3 TDs and Quadry Jones had a pair of completions for 61 yards and a touchdown. Adrian Killins Jr. had 14 carries for 106 yards and a touchdown while Bentavious Thompson had 64 rushing yards and Greg McCrae had 56 rushing yards and a touchdown of his own. Gabriel Davis led UCF’s receiving group with 68 yards and 2 receiving scores while Amari Johnson had 67 yards and a score and Tre Nixon had a team-high 6 receptions for 61 yards and a touchdown. Otis Anderson and Alex Harris each recorded a touchdown grab as well in the victory. Defensively, Brendon Hayes and Tre’mon Morris-Brash each had a sack while Shawn Burgess-Becker had a team-high 3 tackles.
The FAU Owls will look to bounce back from a rough showing in their season opener, falling to Ohio State by a final score of 45-21. Chris Robison threw for 178 yards and a touchdown on 22 of 34 passing while James Charles led the Owls with 25 rushing yards and Larry McCammon III had 22 rushing yards and a touchdown. Harrison Bryant led FAU with 6 grabs for 79 yards while Tavaris Harrison had 4 receptions for 57 yards and John Raine had 6 catches for 29 yards and a touchdown. Defensively, Akileis Leroy and Ray Ellis each had a sack while Quran Hafiz and Rashad Smith each had a fumble recovery with Smith leading the Owls with 7 tackles.
UCF is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall while the over is 11-3 in their last 14 games against C-USA. FAU is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games in September while the under is 6-2 in their last 8 home games.
Both sides are more than capable of holding their own offensively, so the over may be worth a look once the total comes out, even though it’s probably going to be a high one. With that said, FAU impressed some by putting up 21 points against Ohio State, but I’m still worried that FAU won’t be able to keep up with UCF shot for shot. The Knights took it to Florida A&M and that was probably with the Knights playing at about 50%. You also have to wonder if this whole situation with Hurricane Dorian is going to throw FAU’s practice schedule out of whack as the team may have to relocate their practice or not practice at all if the weather gets really bad. Either way, I still like UCF by a couple of touchdowns in this one, so I’ll lay the points with the Knights on the road here.