Cincinnati Bearcats at UCF Knights Betting Picks, Odds, Lines & Predictions
Cincinnati Bearcats (7-0 SU, 5-2 ATS) are yet to taste defeat this season, and with only a few games left, they face probably the biggest threat to their streak as they travel to Orlando to take on UCF Knights (5-2 SU, 2-5 ATS). Last year, The Bearcats snapped UCF’s 19-game winning streak, and the Knights will be more than eager to return the favor on Saturday. On the other hand, Cincinnati will be extra motivated since a strong showing will give them some chance of getting picked for the College Football Playoff.
Cincinnati Bearcats at UCF Knights Betting Line Movement
The Bearcats started the week as the -3.5 favorites but a lot of early bettors are backing Ohio driving the price to -6. The oddsmakers seem convinced in the potency of both offenses and the total is set at 63.5 rising slightly from the opening 61.5.
Notes On The Cincinnati Bearcats
The Bearcats have not only started the season with 7-0, but they did so in a very convincing fashion. They covered the spread in 5 games out of 7 and have won their last four games by at least 28 points. Their offense is getting better as the weeks go by, and they also feature a tough defense making them one of the best-balanced teams in the nation. In last week’s 55-*17 destruction of North Carolina junior QB Desmond Ridder added yet another stellar performance this year throwing for 327 yards and 3 TDs in addition to 75 yards and a touchdown on the ground. There’s already been some talk about him getting serious Heisman consideration.
Ridder is a certified dual-threat with nine rushing touchdowns so far adding to the already scary Cincinnati running led by RB Gerrid Doaks who has already amassed 563 rushing yards and 7 touchdowns on an impressive 6.4 yards per carry. UCF defense has difficulties dealing with rushing allowing 189 yards per game and Ridder and Doaks are a terrible matchup for them. The Bearcats also features one of the stingiest defenses in the country allowing only 12.4 points per contest, ranking 3rd in the nation. In addition, they forced 4th most turnovers with 16 in 7 games.
Notes On The UFC Knights
Most of the UFC Knights’ success this year has come on the back of their explosive offense. Both as a unit and individually they rank at the top on near it in several key categories. They rank No1 in the nation in total offense with 619.1 yards per game and lead in passing with 396 yards per game, mostly thanks to QB Dillon Gabriel who’s having an amazing season. He already threw for 23 touchdowns with only 2 interceptions and ranks second in the FBS with 2774 passing yards. UFC also has two of the top five receivers in the nation on their team in Tre Nixon and Jaylon Robinson.
On the other side of the ball, things are looking much worse as the Knights allow 28.7 points and 447.9 total yards per game. They are particularly prone to running making them very vulnerable given the potency of Cincinnati rushing. The bright spot has been their ability to force turnovers with 19 already.
Cincinnati Bearcats at UCF Knights Betting Pick: OVER 63.5
This is the lowest total in the UFC game since Week 1 and with Cincinnati also capable of easily getting into the 30s, there’s not much to think about here. Dillon Gabriel can put up points on anyone and the Bearcats will make the most of glaring holes in the opponent’s rushing defense.