UCF Knights vs BYU Cougars Prediction, 12/22/2020 College Football Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: UCF Knights vs BYU Cougars
Date: Tuesday, December 22, 2020
Location: FAU Stadium
Odds/Point Spread: UCF (+5)
Zach Wilson and the BYU Cougars (10-1) host the UCF Knights (6-3) at FAU Stadium on Tuesday, December 22, 2020 in the Boca Raton Bowl. UCF opens this contest as 5-point dogs. The O/U has been set at 72.5.
In their last game, the UCF Knights played the USF Bulls and were on the winning end of this game by a score of 58-46. Dillon Gabriel went 22/36 with 336 yards via the pass and tossed 4 touchdowns. He threw 1 pick on the day. Greg McCrae led the team in rushing in this outing. His longest run of the day went for 22 yards and he added 1 TD for this game. He rushed for a total of 130 yards on 25 carries which meant he averaged 5.2 yards per carry. Jacob Harris was the leader in receiving yardage by earning 110 yards on 5 receptions. He notched an average of 22.0 yards per catch in this outing.
The Knights have attained 5,270 total yards for the season. As a unit they have an average of 212.6 yards via the ground game ranking this team at 25th in college football. When it comes to getting in the endzone, UCF has compiled 30 touchdowns via the pass and 22 touchdowns via the ground. Concerning scoring, the UCF Knights are sitting at 44.3 points per game. The Knights rank 90th in Division 1 when it comes to team defense, allowing 31.4 points per game. They are allowing teams to run for an average of 4.2 yards per rush on the ground and 190.2 yards on the ground per contest on the season. Overall, they have conceded 1,712 running yards through 9 outings. When it comes to yards via the pass, the Knights have conceded 2,551 yds which has them ranked 112th in the nation. Over the course of their 9 games played this year, they are giving up 283.4 yards per contest via the pass as well as giving up a completion percentage of 57.7%. During this campaign, they are surrendering 473.7 yards/outing which has them ranked 129th in the country.
For his college career, Gabriel has passed for a total of 7,006 yards with 59 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. Since his college career started, he has left the pocket to run 137 times totaling 216 rushing yards. He has a QB rating of 159.8 with a TD percentage of 7.7% and an interception rate of 1.4%. He is throwing for 318.5 yards per game. Dillon Gabriel has connected on 463 of his career 766 tosses for a completion percentage of 60.4%.
The last time they played, the BYU Cougars faced the San Diego State Aztecs and notched a win by a score of 28-14. Lopini Katoa led the team in rushing in this game. His longest run of the day went for 43 yards but wasn't able to convert a rushing touchdown. He ran for a total of 90 yards via 14 carries which meant he was running for 6.4 yards per carry. Dax Milne was the leader in receiving yardage by earning 106 yards on 8 receptions. He averaged 13.3 yards per catch in this game. Zach Wilson went 26/35 with 303 yards through the air and threw 3 touchdowns. He walked away from this game with no interceptions.
Concerning putting points on the board, the Cougars are ranking 6th in college football scoring 43.0 PPG. During the season thus far, the Cougars have compiled 3,551 passing yards in addition to an average of 322.8 passing yards per contest, which has them sitting 11th in college football. They have an average of 189.4 yards per game on the ground and have toted the ball for 2,083 yards in total. The BYU Cougars maintain an average of 512.2 yards/contest which ranks them 8th in college football. The Cougars are giving up 14.6 PPG, which has them ranked 15th in the country. Over the course of the season, they have surrendered 161 points. BYU has yielded a total of 1,246 rushing yards (113.3 yards/game) in addition to 7 touchdowns via the rush so far this year. They have given up 13 touchdowns via the pass as well as 195.7 yards per outing, which has them in 36th in the nation.
Wilson has thrown for 53 TD's compared to 15 picks in his career. His touchdown percentage is 6.6% and his interception rate is 1.9%. He has scampered for 630 yds on 207 attempts. He is averaging 249.4 yds per game through the air with a 161.0 QB rating. In the 29 games in his college career, Zach Wilson has completed 539 of his 802 attempts for 7,234 yds.
Who will win tonight's Knights/Cougars college football game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Cougars -5
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