UCF at Connecticut College Football Picks and Predictions 8/30/2018
Thursday, August 30, 2018
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The Connecticut Huskies host the UCF Knights at Rentschler Field on Thursday, August 30, 2018. The opening line for this game has UCF as 16.5 point favorites. The Huskies had an over/under record of 6-6-0 and they were 5-7-0 against the spread last year. The Knights had an ATS record of 8-4-1 while their over/under record was 8-5-0.
Valuable UCF Knights Betting Trends
The UCF Knights were 8-5-0 against the over/under last season
The UCF Knights were 8-4-1 against the spread last year
Important Connecticut Huskies Betting Trends
The Connecticut Huskies were 6-6-0 against the over/under last season
The Connecticut Huskies were 5-7-0 against the spread last year
Key UCF Knights Injuries
No key injuries to report
Key Connecticut Huskies Injuries
08/15/18 RB Donevin O'Reilly ACL is out for season
08/07/18 RB Nate Hopkins Personal has left team
07/23/18 DB Jordan Swann Undisclosed has left team
Useful Offensive Statistics
The UCF Knights ran for 2,590 yards as a team last year, which ranked 34th in college football. They ran 501 times, averaging 5.2 yards per carry as a rushing unit. The Knights were penalized on offense 109 times for 885 yards last season, which had them 4th in the country in penalties. They were 2nd in the nation in points scored with 627. They ran 924 plays last season for 6,902 yards, which ranked them 9th in Division 1 in total offense. The Knights averaged 7.5 yards per play, which was 2nd in college football. As a team they accumulated a total of 328 1st downs last year, placing them 10th overall as an offensive unit. McKenzie Milton averaged 10.2 yards per pass attempt and 11.1 adjusted yards per throw last season. He completed 265 passes on 395 attempts for a completion percentage of 67.1%. His quarterback rating last year was 179.3. He threw for 4,037 yards.
The Knights rush defense allowed 498 attempts for 2,077 yards last year, putting them in 62nd place in D-1 against the run. UCF committed 108 penalties for 962 yards on the defensive side of the ball last season. That ranked them 128th in college football. They were 59th in the nation in points allowed on defense with 329. They surrendered a total of 5,563 yards on D, which was 108th in the country. The Knights were ranked 73rd in yards per play allowed with 5.7. Opposing offenses completed 261 passes on 471 attempts against the UCF Knights defense last season, placing them 101st and 119th in Division 1. The UCF pass defense also gave up a total of 3,485 yards through the air, which was 117th overall in total pass defense.
Special Teams Stats
The UCF Knights attempted 18 field goals last season and made 13, which was 78th in D-1. Their kickers had a field goal percentage of 72%. UCF Knights kickers made 99% of their extra points, going 81 for 81 last year. Their punters totaled 1,823 yards on 46 punts, averaging 40 yards per punt. That placed them 107th in Division 1 in punting average. UCF was ranked 73rd in the nation in punt returns with 17 last year. They accumulated 250 punt return yards and averaged 14.7 yards per return, which was 6th in college football. They returned 36 kicks for 894 yards on special teams, ranking 37th in kick return yardage. The Knights averaged 25 yards per kick return and they were 3rd in the country in all-purpose yards with 8,046.
Useful Offensive Statistics
The Huskies were 106th in the country in points scored with 283 last season. They ran 905 plays last year for 4,986 yards, which ranked them 49th in Division 1 in total offense. The Connecticut Huskies averaged 5.5 yards per play, which was 79th in the nation. As a team they accumulated a total of 256 1st downs last season, ranking them 70th overall as an offensive unit. On the ground Connecticut ran for 1,756 yards, which ranked 95th in college football. They ran 484 times, averaging 3.6 yards per rush as a unit. The Huskies were penalized on offense 64 times for 586 yards last year, which had them 100th in the country in penalties. David Pindell passed for 937 yards last year. He completed 84 throws while attempting 159 passes for a completion percentage of 52.8%. His quarterback rating last season was 103.1. He averaged 4.7 adjusted yards per throw and 5.9 yards per pass attempt.
Connecticut was 119th in the country in points surrendered on defense with 455 last year. They gave up a total of 6,228 yards on D, which was 125th in D-1. The Huskies were 126th in yards per play allowed with 6.8. Opponent offenses completed 318 throws on 473 attempts against the Connecticut defense last season, ranking them 128th and 120th in the nation. The Connecticut Huskies pass defense also surrendered a total of 4,007 yards in the air, which was 129th overall in total pass defense. Their rushing defense gave up 448 attempts for 2,221 yards last season, putting them in 73rd place in the country against the run. The Huskies had 108 penalties for 974 yards on defense last year. That placed them 129th in college football.
Special Teams Stats
Connecticut was 114th in the country in punt returns with 10 last season. They totaled 67 punt return yards and averaged 6.7 yards per return, which was 75th in D-1. They returned 50 kicks for 1,054 yards on special teams, which put them 8th in kick return yardage. The Connecticut Huskies averaged 21 yards per kick return and they were 57th in the nation in all-purpose yards with 6,107. The Huskies tried 18 field goals last year and made 12, which was 82nd in college football. Their kickers had a field goal percentage of 67%. Connecticut kickers made 93% of their extra points, going 28 for 29 last season. Their punters accumulated 2,443 yards on 64 punts, averaging 38 yards per punt. That ranked them 124th in the NCAA in punting average.
Who will win tonight's Knights/Huskies college football game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Knights -16.5
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