UConn vs. UCF Total Prediction
No. 23 Central Florida will open its season on the road tonight when it visits unranked Connecticut at 7:00 p.m. ET. Given the firepower that the Knights have offensively, will the game result in a high-scoring affair for bettors?
7:00 p.m. ET, Thursday, August 30, 2018
Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field, East Hartford, Connecticut
Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers from online sports book BetNow.eu, the Knights are 24-point favorites to beat the Huskies. The total, meanwhile, sits at 70 points. As of this writing, 53% of the public betting tickets wagered on this matchup are on the Huskies.
Central Florida Knights
UCF sophomore WR Gabriel Davis is expected to play a larger role in 2018.Davis had a strong freshman season, starting in all 13 games and recording 27 catches for 391 yards and four touchdowns. He had back-to-back games with more than 90 yards against Southern Methodist and UConn last season, largely buoyed by deep passes. There's a good chance he becomes the Knights primary deep threat this season as a sophomore.
UConn redshirt senior QB David Pindell will start the opener against UCF. Pindell (6'0/192) was considered a heavy frontrunner for this gig, as he received a three-game cup of starting coffee last year while filling in for the injured Bryant Shirreffs. For the campaign as a whole, he saw the field in seven games, throwing for 937 yards with a 4/6 TD/INT ratio in that space while rushing for an additional 289 yards and three scores. As the numbers would indicate, it wasn't the sharpest of showings overall, but we'll see if he can find a bit more of a consistent groove with an offseason to prepare for a leading role.
The over is 4-0 in the Knights’ last four conference games and 4-1 in their last five games played in August.
The under is 5-2 in the Huskies’ last seven games overall.
Central Florida will likely score at will tonight thanks to quarterback McKenzie Milton returning to an up-tempo offense that features weapons to boast another top-10 offense. The Knights also have questions on defense after regressing in 2017. That said, I don’t see UConn generating enough offense to help push the score over the total tonight.
College Football Week 1 Prediction: Central Florida/Connecticut under 70