Central Florida vs. Cincinnati Total Pick
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, Central Florida is favored on the road, as the Golden Knights are getting odds of -17 points against Cincinnati. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 55 points. The home team has won the last two meetings between these two and they have hit the under in both meetings. Saturday’s game takes place from Nippert Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio. The game will air live on ESPNU.
Central Florida is 3-0 to start the season following an impressive 40-13 win over Memphis at home last week. The Golden Knights are 2-1 with the under this season. UCF has been great on both sides of the ball, averaging 46.3 points and 539.3 yards per game on offense while allowing just 13.3 points and 309.3 yards per game on defense. The offense is being led by McKenzie Milton, who has thrown for 791 yards and eight touchdowns. Adrian Killins Jr. is the leading rusher with 192 yards and two scores while Milton has run for 186 yards.
Cincinnati is 1-3 on the year following a 38-21 loss at home to Marshall last week. The Bearcats are 2-1-1 with the over. Cincinnati is putting up 22.8 points and 319.4 yards per game this season on offense while allowing 29.4 points and 401.2 yards per game on defense. The Cincinnati D has struggled to stop the run, allowing 237.8 yards per game on the ground. Hayden Moore has thrown for 1,097 yards and nine touchdowns to lead the offense while Gerrid Doaks has run for 210 yards and two scores. Kahlil Lewis has added 24 receptions for 236 yards and four touchdowns.
UCF looks like the real deal. The Knights have been able to hold all three opponents this year to 17 points or less. That includes Memphis and Maryland, who have both put up some impressive offensive numbers otherwise. The Knights shouldn’t struggle to stop the Bearcats, who have looked lackluster with the ball. While the UCF offense is capable of putting up big numbers, the Knights are a little more composed on offense and I think they will go with ball-control on the road.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL PREDICTION: UCF/CINCINNATI UNDER 55