Saturday, October 29, 2016
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The UCF Knights take on the Houston Cougars on Saturday, October 29, 2016 at TDECU Stadium. The opening line for this game has Houston as 12.5 point favorites. This season the Knights are 5-2-0 against the spread and their over/under record is 3-4-0. The Cougars have an over/under record of 4-4-0 and they are 4-4-0 against the spread.
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McKenzie Milton finished with 317 yards through the air for UCF last week. He completed 29 passes out of 45 attempts for a 64% completion percentage. The Knights were led in rushing by Dontravious Wilson, who finished with 57 yards on 11 rushes. He ended the contest with an average of 5 yards per carry. Taylor Oldham was the team leader in receiving with a total of 72 yards and 4 receptions. He finished the game with an average of 18 yards per reception. As a team in that game UCF got a total of 22 first downs. Of those first downs, 4 came on the ground while 17 came through the air. They ran 75 total plays for 400 yards for the game. The Knights ran for 83 yards on 30 attempts.
Greg Ward finished with 241 yards passing for Houston last week. He went 21 for 33, resulting in a 64% completion percentage. The Cougars were led on the ground by Duke Catalon, who finished with 54 yards on 17 carries. He ended the game with an average of 3 yards per rush. Chance Allen led the team in receiving with 84 yards and 5 catches. He finished the game with an average of 17 yards per reception. Houston had 13 first downs total. 5 came from running the ball and 8 came from a pass. They ran 68 total plays for 303 yards for the contest. The Cougars ran for 62 yards on 35 carries as a team.
UCF scores 32.1 points per game on offense this season, which ranks 51st in Division 1. In the passing department, they average 16 passes on 30.1 attempts for a 53.1 percent completion percentage this season. They throw for a total of 212.7 yards per game through the air as well, which ranks them 86th in college football. The Knights run for an average of 189.9 yards per game on 45.9 attempts for an average of 4.1 yards per carry. That ranks them 51st in the nation. They also run 76 plays per contest and average 5.3 yards per play for an average of 402.6 yards per game, ranking their offense 74th overall this season. The Knights average 20.6 first downs per game which ranks them 77th in the country. They accumulate 65.4 penalty yards per game via 8 penalties, which ranks 30th in the nation.
UCF allows 228.4 passing yards per game, ranking 67th in D-1, and they allow 23.7 points per contest on defense, which ranks 40th. They give up 18.9 completions on 36.4 attempts per game for a completion percentage of 51.8. The Knights allow 133 rushing yards per game on 40.7 carries for an average of 3.3 yards per carry, which ranks their rush defense 36th in the country. UCF allows 361.4 total yards per game including 4.7 yards per play, which ranks their overall defense 36th in terms of yards per game. They force 1.6 turnovers per contest and get flagged for 6 penalties for 53.4 yards per game, ranking them 61st among D-1 teams.
Houston averages 39.4 points per game this season on offense, which ranks them 20th in the country. In the passing department, they complete 25.8 passes per game on 37.5 attempts for a 68.7 percent completion percentage. They throw for 297.1 yards through the air per game, ranking them 23rd in Division 1. The Cougars run for an average of 182.8 yards per game on 46.4 attempts for an average of 3.9 yards per carry this season, which ranks them 55th on the ground. They also run 83.9 plays per game and average 5.7 yards per play for a total of 479.9 yards per game, ranking them 31st in the country on offense. The Cougars get an average of 26 first downs per game, which ranks 10th in the nation. They average 43 penalty yards per game via 4.1 penalties, ranking them 109th in college football.
Houston allows an average of 213.6 passing yards per game, which ranks 50th in Division 1. Their defense overall allows 21.4 points per contest, which has them ranked 29th in the nation. They give up 16.9 completions on 30.3 attempts for a completion percentage of 55.8 per game. The Cougars allow 98.5 rushing yards per contest on 33.4 carries for a 3 average per rush, ranking their overall rush defense 6th in the country. Houston allows 312.1 total yards per game for an average of 4.9 yards per play, which ranks 13th in D-1. They force 1.3 turnovers per contest and 4.6 penalties for 42.6 yards in each contest, ranking 15th in the nation.
UCF Betting Trends
UCF is 3-4-0 against the over/under this season
UCF has an ATS record of 5-2-0 this season
Houston Betting Trends
Houston is 4-4-0 against the over/under this season
Houston has an ATS record of 4-4-0 this season
Injuries to Watch
10/23/16 WR Tristan Payton Suspension "?" Saturday vs. Houston U
10/23/16 DL Trysten Hill Leg "?" Saturday vs. Houston U
10/20/16 OL Tyler Hudanick Knee out for season
10/24/16 WR Isaiah Johnson Concussion doubtful Saturday vs. Central Florida
10/23/16 OL Alex Fontana Elbow "?" Saturday vs. Central Florida
10/23/16 WR Chance Allen Neck "?" Saturday vs. Central Florida
10/23/16 DE Jerard Carter Stinger "?" Saturday vs. Central Florida
10/23/16 OL Mac Long Leg "?" Saturday vs. Central Florida
10/23/16 OL Marcus Oliver Ankle "?" Saturday vs. Central Florida
10/23/16 LB Matthew Adams Shoulder "?" Saturday vs. Central Florida
10/23/16 OL Na'Ty Rodgers Ankle "?" Saturday vs. Central Florida
09/30/16 LB Tyus Bowser Facial out indefinitely
09/21/16 WR Tren'Davian Dickson Personal left the team
Josh's Pick: Take UCF
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