Free Week 1 Prediction: Panthers vs Knights Odds
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College Football Handicapping: Week 1
(0-0) Florida International Golden Panthers vs. Central Florida Knights (0-0)
Date: Thursday August 31st
Time: 6:00 pm EST
Venue: Spectrum Stadium, Orlando, Florida
NCAA Football Spread: Central Floria -17
NCAA Betting Total: OFF
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The battle of Florida teams kicks off on Thursday night, August 31st, as FIU and UCF clash.
The Knights have high hopes once again here in 2017, as the Panthers look to avenge last year’s blowout loss.
There is some reason for optimism this season at Florida International.
Butch Davis returns to the state of Florida and will be in his first year as head coach here. With his experience, there is a lot of reason to believe he can get this program going in the right direction.
On top of that, this team returns almost their entire roster from last year, as they will be a much more experienced in all cylinders.
Starting QB Alex McGough is back and finally at 100%, which is crucial for this team.
McGough missed the last 3 games of the season in 2016, but he’s certainly shown his abilities. McGough tossed for over 300 yards twice and finished with 240 or more yards in the final 4 games he played last season.
FIU has gone 0-5 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games.
Central Florida may have had just 6 wins last season, but what a year it was for the Knights.
UCF finished with 0 wins in 2015, but with first year head coach Scott Frost, the Knights improved on both sides of the ball. On top of all that, UCF found themselves in a postseason bowl last season, a huge step in the right direction for this program.
While the Knights focus on what lies ahead, there has already been some speculation about Frost’s future here. A lot of teams will have him on their radars this season, which could prove to be a distraction here.
Look for the Knights to really rely on QB McKenzie Milton here.
Milton was eased into the role last season and now with a full year of experience under his belt, there is a lot of expectations on his plate.
They’ll certainly open the playbook more here against FIU for him and you can expect a lot of chances downfield for Milton in this one.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Knights are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 Thursday games.
- Knights are 4-9 ATS in their last 13 home games.
- Knights are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 non-conference games.
- Golden Panthers are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 games overall.
- Golden Panthers are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 Thursday games.
- Golden Panthers are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games on grass.
Free Week 1 NCAA Football Pick
The line is big here, especially given both teams have improved in similar fashions.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: FIU +17
The Knights offense will have some struggles here against this FIU defense. Given that, they should be able to keep this one closer.
Week 1 Free Score Prediction: UCF 27- FIU 17
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