Free Week 2 Prediction: Bulldogs vs Knights Odds
Looking for South Carolina State Bulldogs vs. UCF Knights free picks? Week 2 betting sees the Bulldogs taking on the Knights on Saturday September 8, 2018 at Spectrum Stadium in Orlando, Florida. Cappers Picks provides complimentary handicapping picks all NCAA football season long so stay tuned for more FREE college football predictions like this South Carolina Bulldogs UCF Knights free pick.
College Football Handicapping: Week 2
(0-1) South Carolina State Bulldogs vs. UCF Knights (1-0)
Date: Saturday, September 8, 2018
Time: 6:00 pm EST
Venue: Spectrum Stadium, Orlando, Florida
NCAA Football Spread: OFF
NCAA Betting Total: OFF
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South Carolina State opened its 2018 college football season with a bad 37-6 loss to the Georgia Southern Eagles. UCF, on the other hand, kept its momentum going from last year with a dominant 56-17 victory over UCONN.
These two face off at 6 p.m. ET on ESPN3.
South Carolina Bulldogs
As an FCS program facing an FBS team (let alone a nationally ranked squad that officially put its name on the map last season), there are a few goals you always have to focus on.
For starters, coming out of the gate with defensive energy. Letting an elite (or borderline elite) program scorer more than a single touchdown in the first quarter is asking for trouble, and since the Knights jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter last week, that point becomes an even bigger focus.
The other thing any FCS program needs to do is take chances. There’s a bit of a balance here, as committing turnovers and putting your players in vulnerable situations are death sentences for a heavy underdog, but a conservative approach is asking for a slow beatdown.
In taking chances and looking downfield, the Bulldogs will open up opportunities for its quarterback to have another strong running game.
Last week, Tyrece Nick went for a team-high 66 yards on the ground, and while that’s more an indictment against his own backfield and less a testament to his aptitude running the ball, it’s also a sign that the offense can create plays when given the opportunity.
This isn’t the first time quarterback Mackenzie Milton has faced this Bulldogs program. “I remember them coming in my freshman year,” he recently stated, per Stats LLC (h/t ESPN.com). They gave us all we could handle. We know they’re going to come in and play hard. We know it’s their Super Bowl to come in and knock off a Top 25 team. We can’t overlook anybody.”
This is the mentality UCF needs. To be honest, it is likely giving the Bulldogs a bit more credit than they deserve, but it’s still where you need you QB’s head, as well as everyone else on the roster.
So long as UCF comes out and plays a clean game, this one should be over early.
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Although the line hasn’t yet been set as of this writing (check back soon!), we can say with confidence that the Knights should take control of this contest in the first quarter and never look back.
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This one will be a blowout, and it’ll be a victory for the home squad—a squad that hasn’t lost a football game since Dec. 17, 2016.
Week 2 Free Score Prediction: UCF Knights 54 – South Carolina Bulldogs 17
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