UCF at SMU College Football Picks & Predictions 11/4/2017
Saturday, November 4, 2017
Gerald J. Ford Stadium
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The UCF Knights travel to Gerald J. Ford Stadium to take on the SMU Mustangs on Saturday, November 4, 2017. The opening line for this game has UCF as 14 point favorites. The Knights have an ATS record of 5-1-1 while their over/under record is 4-3-0. The Mustangs have an over/under record of 4-4-0 and they are 5-3-0 against the spread.
Valuable UCF Knights Betting Trends
The UCF Knights are 4-3-0 against the over/under
The UCF Knights are 5-1-1 against the spread
Important SMU Mustangs Betting Trends
The SMU Mustangs are 4-4-0 against the over/under
The SMU Mustangs are 5-3-0 against the spread
Key UCF Knights Injuries
09/25/17 RB Jawon Hamilton Leg out for season
09/05/17 LB Dedrion Bacote Leg out indefinitely
Key SMU Mustangs Injuries
10/29/17 S Delano Robinson Leg is "?" Saturday vs. Central Florida
10/29/17 DL Dimarya Mixon Knee is "?" Saturday vs. Central Florida
10/29/17 S Elijah McQueen Leg is "?" Saturday vs. Central Florida
10/29/17 OL Jacob Todora Leg is "?" Saturday vs. Central Florida
10/29/17 OL Nick Natour Leg is "?" Saturday vs. Central Florida
08/20/17 OL Braylon Hyder Left Team out for season
08/20/17 OL Jerry Saena Left Team out for season
Useful Offensive Statistics
The UCF Knights are 3rd in Division 1 in points scored with 357. They have run 472 plays this season for 3,714 yards, which ranks them 32nd in the nation in total offense. The Knights average 7.9 yards per play, which is 2nd in college football. As a team they have accumulated a total of 183 1st downs this year, placing them 32nd overall as an offensive unit. On the ground UCF has run for 1,522 yards as a team, which ranks 43rd in the country. They've run 273 times, averaging 5.6 yards per carry as a rushing unit. The Knights have been penalized on offense 65 times for 520 yards so far this season, which has them 8th in the nation in penalties. McKenzie Milton has thrown for 1,997 yards this season. He has completed 129 passes on 177 attempts for a completion percentage of 72.9%. His quarterback rating this year is 199.7. He averages 11.3 yards per pass attempt and 12.7 adjusted yards per throw.
UCF is 13th in the nation in points allowed on defense with 138. They have surrendered a total of 2,439 yards on D, which is 16th in Division 1. The Knights are ranked 43rd in yards per play allowed with 5.2. Opposing offenses have completed 117 passes on 213 attempts against the UCF Knights defense this season, placing them 14th and 19th in the country. The UCF pass defense has also given up a total of 1,495 yards through the air, which is 27th overall in total pass defense. Their rushing defense has allowed 252 attempts for 944 yards this year, putting them in 18th place in D-1 against the run. The Knights have committed 58 penalties for 508 yards on the defensive side of the ball this season. That ranks them 94th in the nation.
Special Teams Stats
UCF is ranked 67th in the nation in punt returns with 12. They've accumulated 222 punt return yards and average 18.5 yards per return, which is 4th in college football. They have returned 18 kicks for 448 yards on special teams, ranking 62nd in kick return yardage. The Knights average 25 yards per kick return and they are 22nd in the country in all-purpose yards with 4,384. The UCF Knights have attempted 9 field goals this season and made 7, which is 101st in D-1. Their kickers have a field goal percentage of 78%. UCF Knights kickers have made 98% of their extra points, going 44 for 45 this year. Their punters have totaled 786 yards on 20 punts, averaging 39 yards per punt. That places them 106th in Division 1 in punting average.
Useful Offensive Statistics
The Mustangs have run for 1,500 yards as a team, which ranks 45th in the nation. They've run 307 times, averaging 4.9 yards per rush as a unit. The Mustangs have been penalized on offense 57 times for 576 yards so far this year, which has them 30th in the country in penalties. They are 9th in Division 1 in points scored with 332. They have run 609 plays this year for 4,059 yards, which ranks them 15th in the nation in total offense. The SMU Mustangs average 6.7 yards per play, which is 17th in college football. As a team they have accumulated a total of 198 1st downs this season, ranking them 18th overall as an offensive unit. Ben Hicks has completed 175 throws while attempting 291 passes for a completion percentage of 60.1%. He has passed for 2,305 yards this year. He averages 8.3 adjusted yards per throw and 7.9 yards per pass attempt. His quarterback rating this season is 144.1.
The SMU Mustangs rush defense has given up 311 attempts for 1,293 yards this season, putting them in 62nd place in the country against the run. They have had 63 penalties for 536 yards on defense this year. That places them 102nd in Division 1. SMU is 90th in college football in points surrendered on defense with 248. They have given up a total of 3,517 yards on D, which is 94th in the nation. The Mustangs are 101st in yards per play allowed with 6.1. Opponent offenses have completed 168 throws on 267 attempts against the SMU defense this season, ranking them 103rd and 92nd in the country. The SMU Mustangs pass defense has also surrendered a total of 2,224 yards in the air, which is 114th overall in total pass defense.
Special Teams Stats
The SMU Mustangs have tried 15 field goals this year and made 11, which is 46th in college football. Their kickers have a field goal percentage of 73%. SMU kickers have made 91% of their extra points, going 39 for 43 this season. Their punters have accumulated 1,474 yards on 35 punts, averaging 42 yards per punt. That ranks them 65th in the NCAA in punting average. SMU is 116th in the country in punt returns with 7. They've totaled 26 punt return yards and average 3.7 yards per return, which is 113th in D-1. They have returned 21 kicks for 468 yards on special teams, which puts them 54th in kick return yardage. The Mustangs average 22 yards per kick return and they are 14th in the nation in all-purpose yards with 4,554.
Who will win tonight's Knights/Mustangs college football game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Mustangs +14
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