UCF Knights vs Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Prediction, 9/19/2020 College Football Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: UCF Knights vs Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
Date: Saturday, September 19, 2020
Location: Bobby Dodd Stadium
Odds/Point Spread: UCF (-8)
Jeff Sims and the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets play the UCF Knights at Bobby Dodd Stadium on Saturday, September 19, 2020. UCF opens this game as 8-point favorites. The over/under is set at 62.
The last time they took the field in 2019, the UCF Knights played the Marshall Thundering Herd and ended up getting the win by a score of 48-25. Taking the lead at quarterback for the Knights was Dillon Gabriel who went 14/24 with 260 yards via the pass and threw 2 touchdowns. He finished the game without throwing an interception. Greg McCrae led the team in rushing in this game. His longest run of the day went for 26 yards and he tallied 1 touchdown in this game. He rushed for a total of 80 yards via 14 carries which had him averaging 5.7 yards per carry. Marlon Williams led the team in receiving yardage by racking up 132 yards on 7 receptions. He earned an average of 18.9 yards per reception in this game.
The Knights step onto the field after holding a record of 10-3 last year. They were one of the more dangerous teams in the conference and they have the ability to run the score up on teams. For total yards, they ranked 1st in the conference and 6th in college football with 7,040 yards. They were one of top scoring teams in the nation with an average of 43.4 points per game, ranking them 5th in college football. As a unit, they had an average of 224.8 rushing yards per contest which was 3rd in the conference.
The Knights had one of the middle tier defenses in the country giving up 23 points per game, ranking them 3rd in the AAC and 41st in Division 1. When it comes to passing yards, the Knights allowed 4,117 yards. Opponents completed 52.4% of the passes they threw against them and averaged 5.9 yards per attempt. In discussing yards on the ground, UCF gave up 146.6 yards per contest which had them at 3rd in the American Athletic Conference and 53rd in Division 1. They allowed teams to run for an average of 3.5 yards per rush putting them 2nd in the American Athletic Conference and 18th in the country overall. Overall, they allowed 1,906 rushing yards through 13 games.
Last week the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets took on the Florida State Seminoles and went home with the win by a score of 16-13. Jeff Sims went 24/35 with 277 yards through the air and added 1 touchdown. He tossed 2 picks on this day. Sims led the team on the ground in this contest. He tore off a long run of 18 yards but wasn't able to convert a rushing touchdown. He ran for a total of 64 yards by way of 13 carries which means he ran for an average of 4.9 yards per carry. Malachi Carter was the receiving yardage leader with a tally of 66 yards on 6 catches. He averaged 11.0 yards per catch in this contest.
The Yellow Jackets come into this game after finishing 2019 with a record of 3-9. In discussing their offensive production, the Yellow Jackets had one of the most lackluster offenses in the nation. When talking about the points that were being put on the board, the Yellow Jackets ranked 14th in the ACC and 124th out of all the teams in the nation averaging 16.7 points per game. Georgia Tech needed to do more to make teams respect their running game by averaging 152.6 yards per contest, putting them 73rd in the nation. As a team, they had a total of 1,831 rushing yards through 12 contests, so they'll need to look to improve on these numbers if they want to compete with the better teams in the nation. The Yellow Jackets averaged 286.5 yards per contest overall ranking them 127th in D-1 and 14th in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
The Yellow Jackets gave up 32.4 points per contest which put them at 13th in the ACC and 102nd in Division 1. Their passing defense was one of the middling groups in D-1. They gave up 207.7 passing yards per contest. For passing yards allowed per game, the Yellow Jackets ranked 5th in the ACC. In discussing points allowed, they allowed 389 total points. In discussing yards on the ground, they gave up 215.6 yards per contest ranking them 117th in the country and 14th in the ACC. Last season, they gave up a total of 2,587 yards rushing.
Who will win tonight's Knights/Yellow Jackets college football game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Knights -8
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