Rutgers vs. Central Florida Odds

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ORLANDO, FL (The Spread) – No. 18 Central Florida looks to keep its AAC title hopes alive on Thursday night when it hosts Rutgers at 7:30PM ET on ESPN.

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Central Florida is 8-1 overall, 5-0 in the AAC, 3-1 at home and 6-3 against the spread. Rutgers is 5-4 overall, 2-3 in the AAC, 1-2 on the road and 3-6 against the spread. These two last met in 2009 with Rutgers winning, 45-24.

Trends show that Central Florida is 5-1 against the spread in their last 6 home games while Rutgers is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 conference games and 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games after a loss.

According to oddsmakers from Bovada.lv, Central Florida is favored at home, as the Golden Knights have odds of -17.5 points against Rutgers. The over/under total for the game has been set at 57.5 points (View Matchup). The opening odds for this game had UCF favored by 16 points. The spread quickly moved its way up to 17.5 points. The over/under total hasn’t changed since opening at 57.5 points.

Central Florida is coming off a 39-36 win at Temple last week. The Knights have now won four of their last five games by 7 points or less. UCF is averaging 35.2 points per game, while the defense is allowing 20.6 points per contest. Blake Bortles has thrown for 2,484 yards and 19 touchdowns while Storm Johnson has rushed for 841 yards and nine scores.

Rutgers is coming off a 52-17 loss to Cincinnati at home. The Knights have now lost three of their last four games and their last three wins have actually come by 4 points or less. Rutgers is giving up 31.4 points per game this season, while the offense is scoring 29.3 points per game. Gary Nova has thrown for 2,052 yards and 18 touchdowns this season, but also has 13 interceptions. Paul James has rushed for 651 yards and six scores as well.

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In terms of Injuries, UCF defensive lineman Seyvon Lowry (leg) is doubtful while Deion Green (knee) is out. Rutgers receiver Vance Matthews (back) and tight end Taylor Marini (shoulder) are both questionable.

The Public Bets for this game are currently backing Central Florida, as the Golden Knights are getting 78% of the wagers with odds of -17.5 points against Rutgers.

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