Boise State Broncos vs UCF Knights Prediction, 9/2/2021 College Football Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Boise State Broncos vs UCF Knights
Date: Thursday, September 2, 2021
Location: Bounce House in Orlando, FL
Odds/Point Spread: Knights (-4)
Bounce House is where the UCF Knights (6-4 last year) will compete against the Boise State Broncos (5-2 last season) on Thursday. Boise State is 4-point dogs from oddsmakers. The total is 70.
The Boise State Broncos finished the year holding a 5-2 record. The last time they stepped onto the field, the Broncos went up against the San Jose State Spartans and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 34-20. Hank Bachmeier went 20/41 with 221 yards through the air. He had a QB rate of 94.1 and ended the contest with no picks. Andrew Van Buren was the leader on the ground for the Broncos with 11 attempts for 26 yds (2.4 yards per carry). The Boise State Broncos ran the ball 23 times and amassed 37 yds, which had them averaging 1.6 yards per carry. For the game, they had 64 plays for 258 yards. Boise State allowed 32 pass completions on 52 tries for a total of 453 yards, and a completion rate of 61.5%. When it came to stopping the run, the Broncos conceded 45 yds on 25 tries, which averages out to 1.8 yards per run allowed.
The Broncos racked up 2,468 total yards for the prior year. They surrendered the ball 7 times. Boise State earned 12 passing touchdowns and 13 rushing touchdowns. Boise State accrued 128 1st downs as an offense, and they were called for 34 infractions for 345 yds. As a team they averaged 110.7 yards in the run game, ranking them 115th in Division 1. In terms of putting the ball in the endzone, the Boise State Broncos held an average of 33.9 points per contest.
The Broncos ranked 64th in D-1 concerning team defense, allowing 27.1 points per game. They allowed an average of 4.0 yards per rushing attempt and 163.9 rushing yards per game throughout last season. Overall, they gave up 1,147 running yards through 7 games. When it comes to passing yards, the Broncos allowed 1,467 yds which ranked them 42nd in college football. Over the course of their 7 games played, they conceded 209.6 yards per game through the air and surrendering a completion percentage of 52.8%. They gave up 10 passing touchdowns and 13 touchdowns on the ground. They yielded 373.4 yards/game which put them 55th in the nation.
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The Knights ended the season having earned a 6-4 record. When they last played, the Knights took a defeat with a final score of 49-23 against the BYU Cougars. Dillon Gabriel (2 TDs) ended the contest with 217 yards on 21/45 through the air while his quarterback rating was 101.8. He didn't throw any interceptions and his average yards per pass attempt was 4.8. Greg McCrae ran the ball 18 times for 77 yds, walking away from the contest with 4.3 yds per attempt for UCF. The Knights finished with 411 yards and they ran 88 plays (4.7 yds per play). UCF rushed for 4.5 yards per tote, finishing the game with 194 yards on 43 attempts. UCF allowed 38 rushing attempts for 214 yards (5.6 yds per carry). The Knights pass defense gave up a completion percentage of 77.1%, surrendering 441 yards on 27 out of 35 through the air.
In terms of the points being put on the board, the Knights had a ranking of 10th in Division 1 with an average of 42.2 points per contest. Last season, the Knights compiled 3,574 passing yards as well as averaging 357.4 passing yards per outing, which ranked 3rd in the country. They maintained an average of 210.7 yards per game via the rush and ran for 2,107 yards for the year. The UCF Knights averaged 568.1 yards per game which had them sitting 2nd in D-1. The UCF offense totaled 748 yds of penalties on 92 infractions, which had them ranked 1st in college football in terms of helping out the opposition. They gave away 4 picks while conceding 6 fumbles and they obtained 283 first downs.
The Knights conceded 33.2 PPG, which had them in 105th in D-1. Last season, they conceded 332 total points. UCF gave up a total of 1,926 rushing yards (192.6 yards/game) as well as 17 touchdowns by way of the ground game last season. They gave up 26 touchdowns via the pass and 299.2 yards/contest, which had them ranked 137th in the country. The Knights defense took the field for 794 plays, which was good for 122nd in the nation. They had 13 fumbles recovered and 9 interceptions for the prior year.
Who will win tonight's Broncos/Knights college football game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Knights -4
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