Free Week 9 Prediction: Golden Knights vs Cougars Odds
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(4-3) Central Florida Golden Knights vs. Houston Cougars (1-6)
Date: Saturday, October 29th
Time: 12:00 pm EST
Venue: TDECU Stadium, Champaign, Houston
NCAA Football Spread: –
NCAA Betting Total: OFF
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This American Athletic Conference game features two good teams with very talented offenses.
Central Florida is coming in after a big conference win over Uconn, and Houston was upset by SMU on the road last week.
Central Florida Golden Knights
McKenzie Milton was huge in the win against Uconn. He repeatedly picked apart the huskies secondary going 29-45 for 317 yards and 3 touchdown passes.
This week he faces a Houston secondary reeling after an upset by SMU. I expect Milton to have another big performance and they may be able to pull off the upset behind his strong play.
Dontravious Wilson has not produced as well as coaches expected him to this year.
He has seen a high volume of carries each week but isn’t putting it all together to take over a game. Last week he ran the ball 11 times for 57 yards, but 30 of those yards came on one run (2.7 yards per carry besides that run).
If you take out the 3 runs he has of 30, 34, and 35 yards on the season, he is only averaging 3.2 yarfds per carry on the season.
This will not help UCF win games this year. I expect a rough outing for him against the Cougars defense, so don’t look for big numbers from him.
After a strong start to the season, receiver Drew Wolitarsky has been average at best the last couple of weeks.
He had 5 catches for 50 yards against Rutgers, not eye opening numbers but a solid day.
To secure a big road victory he will need to play at a higher level, and I look for him to answer the call this week and have his second 100 yard receiving game of the season.
The UCF defense did just enough to get the win against Uconn.
They didn’t allow a passing touchdown and were able to hold talented running back Arkeel Newsome to just over 100 yards. This week against one of the best QB’s in the country coming off of a shocking loss, the defense will be tested early and often.
I don’t see them slowing down the Cougars offense in this one.
In the last 3 weeks Houston has gone from College Football playoff contender to firmly out of the New Years Six bowl picture. The best the team can hope for now is to run the table and still get an invite to a second tier bowl game.
Greg Ward was harassed all day by an SMU defense I did not expect to see last week. They used blitzes and constant pressure by the D-line to get 7 sacks on the dynamic QB.
He was also held under 300 yards passing for the second straight game. For Houston to avoid its third loss Ward Jr. will have to play at a much higher level than the last 3 weeks. I look for him to step up and deliver a big performance for the Cougars.
The Houston defense had been trending down the last 4 weeks, and allowed 3 touchdown passes to the Mustangs. I think the defense will have another tough game against a really good QB in Milton.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- UCF are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games on turf.
- Over is 15-5-1 in UCF last 21 games on turf.
- Over is 20-8 in UCF last 28 games in October.
- HOU are 9-19 ATS in their last 28 games on turf.
Free Week 9 NCAA Football Prediction
UCF puts up points, but Houston’s offense gets back on track and wins this one by a touchdown.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: Houston ATS
Greg Ward Jr. gets 4 total touchdowns and Houston wins a close back and forth matchup.
Week 9 Free Score Prediction: Houston 35 UCF 28
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