UCF Knights vs Houston Cougars Prediction, 10/31/2020 College Football Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: UCF Knights vs Houston Cougars
Date: Saturday, October 31, 2020
Location: TDECU Stadium
Odds/Point Spread: UCF (-3.5)
TDECU Stadium is the venue where Clayton Tune and the Houston Cougars (2-1) will take on the UCF Knights (3-2) on Saturday. UCF opens this contest as 3.5-point favorites. The over/under is set at 76.5.
In their last game, the UCF Knights went up against the Tulane Green Wave and ended up getting the win by a score of 51-34. Greg McCrae paced the team on the ground in this contest. His longest run of the day went for 54 yards and he added 1 TD in this game. He scurried for 162 yards via 25 carries which had him averaging 6.5 yards per carry. Marlon Williams was the leader in receiving yardage by earning 174 yards on 9 receptions. He earned an average of 19.3 yards per reception in this contest. Dillon Gabriel went 26/40 with 422 yards by way of the pass and threw 5 touchdowns. He walked away from this game with no interceptions.
When talking about scoring, the UCF Knights are sitting at 45.2 PPG. As a team they average 211.2 yards on the ground ranking this team at 21st in college football. The Knights have earned 3,234 total yards for this campaign. In terms of getting the ball in the endzone, UCF has compiled 19 touchdowns through the air and 11 touchdowns on the ground. The Knights rank 81st in college football when it comes to team defense, allowing 33.4 points per game. Opposing teams are running for an average of 4.3 yards per tote and 195.6 rushing yards per game on the year. In total, they have allowed 978 rushing yards through 5 games. When talking about passing yardage, the Knights have given up 1,433 yds which has them sitting in 96th in D-1. Over the course of their 5 games played, they have surrendered 286.6 yards per game via the pass and giving up a completion percentage of 57.4%. Over the course of this season, they are allowing 482.2 yards/game which ranks them 100th in the nation.
Dillon Gabriel has completed 384 of his attempted career 626 passes for a completion percentage of 61.3%. He is averaging 323.9 yards per game. For his career, Gabriel has thrown for a total of 5,831 yds with 48 TD's and 9 interceptions. His QB rating is 162.0 with a TD percentage of 7.7% and an interception percentage of 1.4%. Since he has been in college, he has taken off and run 109 times for a total of 205 yds.
In their last game, the Houston Cougars played the Navy Midshipmen and left there with a win by a score of 37-21. Clayton Tune went 24/34 with 316 yards by way of the pass and completed 3 touchdowns. He walked away with no picks. Kyle Porter led the team on the ground in this game. He had a long run of 11 yards and he ran for 1 TD for this contest. He rushed for 52 yards via 21 carries which gave him an average of 2.5 yards per run. Marquez Stevenson was the receiving yardage leader by racking up 129 yards on 9 catches. He had an average of 14.3 yards per catch in this game.
In terms of putting points on the board, the Cougars rank 23rd in the country with 37.3 PPG. Over the course of the season to this point, the Cougars currently have a total of 963 yards through the air along with holding an average of 321.0 passing yards per outing, which ranks 14th in D-1. They maintain an average of 123.7 run yards per game and have run for 371 yards for the year. The Houston Cougars hold an average of 444.7 yards/contest which is good for 28th in the country. Houston has given up a total of 314 rushing yards (104.7 yards per outing) as well as 4 touchdowns by way of the ground game this year. The Cougars are surrendering 31.7 PPG, which has them sitting 73rd in Division 1. This year, they have relinquished 95 points in total. They have allowed 7 touchdowns from the passing game as well as 249.0 yards per contest, ranking them 77th in the country.
Tune has thrown 26 TD's while tossing 13 interceptions in his collegiate career. His TD percentage when attempting a pass is 6.6% and his interception percentage is 3.3%. He has taken off and run for 372 yds on 135 attempts. He averages 218.2 passing yards per game with a 143.3 quarterback rating. During the 15 games in his collegiate career, Clayton Tune has connected on 230 of his 394 tries for 3,273 yards.
Who will win tonight's Knights/Cougars college football game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Cougars +3.5
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