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UCF vs. Georgia Tech - 9/16/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (1-1) at UCF Knights (1-0)
Date & Time Saturday September 16, 2017, 7:30 PM (EDT)
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The Line: UCF Knights +1 -- Over/Under:
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CFB | Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (1-1) at UCF Knights (1-0)

The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets and UCF Knights meet Saturday in college football action at Spectrum Stadium.

The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets look for their first road win of the year to get a game above a .500 record. The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets have lost seven of their last nine road games. TaQuon Marshall is completing 62.5 percent of his passes for 232 yards, three touchdowns and zero interceptions. Marshall has seven touchdown passes on 64 career pass attempts. Ricky Jeune and Qua Searcy have combined for 166 receiving yards and two touchdowns while Clinton Lynch has one reception. The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets ground game is averaging 372.5 yards per contest, and Marshall leads the way with 274 yards and six touchdowns. Defensively, Georgia Tech is allowing 26 points and 279 yards per game. Brant Mitchell leads the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets with 13 tackles, T.D. Roof has two sacks and Lawrence Austin has one interception. 

The UCF Knights look for another victory after their meeting with the Memphis Tigers last week was canceled due to Hurricane Irma. The UCF Knights have split their last eight home games. McKenzie Milton is completing 76.2 percent of his passes for 360 yards, four touchdowns and one interception. Milton has five touchdown passes in his last two games. Dredrick Snelson and Tre'Quan Smith have combined for 170 receiving yards and two touchdowns while Cam Stewart has one reception. The UCF Knights ground game is averaging 148 yards per contest, and Jawon Hamilton leads the way with 56 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Central Florida is allowing 17 points and 335 yards per game. Nate Evans leads the UCF Knights with six tackles, Shawn Burgess-Becker has one sack and Tre Neal has one interception.

The Yellow Jackets are 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 road games, 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 games in September and 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Knights are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 home games, 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS win and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games on grass. The under is 7-2 in Knights last 9 games overall and the over is 13-6-1 in Yellow Jackets last 20 non-conference games.

I haven't been that impressed with how Georgia Tech has looked in its first couple of games, and now the Yellow Jackets have to go on the road to play a UCF Knights squad that's had an extra week to prepare for that triple-option. And while it was just one game, UCF looked really sharp in its opening win over FIU and seems to have a stingy defense to go along with an athletic offense that can score quickly. I like the Knights to get the job done here at home. 

UCF Knights +1

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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