Free Cure Bowl Prediction: Knights vs Red Wolves Odds
Looking for UCF Knights vs. Arkansas State Red Wolves free picks? AutoNation Cure Bowl betting sees the Knights taking on the Red Wolves Saturday December 17th at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida. Cappers Picks provides complimentary handicapping picks all NCAA football season long so stay tuned for more FREE college football predictions.
2016 AutoNation Cure Bowl
(6-6) UCF Knights vs. Arkansas State Red Wolves (7-5)
Date: Saturday, December 17th
Time: 5:30 pm EST
Venue: Camping World Stadium – Orlando, Florida
NCAA Football Spread: UCF -6.5
NCAA Betting Total: 49
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The UCF Knights will be staying in their hometown this bowl season, as they take on the Arkansas State Red Wolves in the AutoNation Cure Bowl.
Although it is relatively meaningless in the larger picture of college football, the Cure Bowl is still a very cool concept and should be an interesting game.
The Cure Bowl made its debut last year as the NCAA expanded the number of bowl games to a ridiculous amount. What sets this game apart from the other expansion games is the fact that it has a purpose.
The Cure Bowl was designed to bring awareness and raise money for breast cancer.
Much of the proceeds from the game will go to cancer research, hence the name.
The University of Central Florida Knights have been on a comeback mission all year.
They did not win a single game last year, going 0-12 and firing their head coach. They brought in former Oregon OC Scott Frost as the new head man, and he has improved the win total by six.
One would expect Frost’s offense to win games for the Knights, but it has been the defense that has carried them this far.
The Knights only gain 361.5 total yards per game which ranks 108th in CFB. Freshman quarterback McKenzie Milton has thrown for 1,808 yards, nine touchdowns and seven interceptions.
On the other side of the ball, they rank 49th in total defense (381.7) and 29th in passing D (200.4).
Linebacker Shaquem Griffin has been one of the most inspirational players in all of football, racking up 11 sacks and 85 tackles while playing with only one hand.
Arkansas State Red Wolves
The Red Wolves have perfected the art of the slow start over the last two years.
Similar to last year, Arkansas State went 0-4 to start the season before going on a tear and winning seven of their last eight games.
Head coach Blake Anderson also has his background in offense, but they have struggled to move the ball this year.
Arkansas State ranks 79th in the nation in total offense, gaining 391.5 yards per game. Sophomore quarterback Justice Hansen has been impressive, passing for 2,514 yards, 16 touchdowns and eight picks.
The team ranks 42nd in total defense, allowing 374.5 yards, but they do manage to keep teams out of the endzone– allowing only 22.2 points per game which ranks 24th.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- UCF is 7-3 ATS in last 10 games
- UNDER in 6 of last 7 UCF games
- Arkansas State is 6-2 ATS in last 8 games
- UNDER in 4 of last 5 Arkansas State games
Free AutoNation Cure Bowl NCAA Football Prediction
Both teams have offenses that could go off at any time, but neither of them actually do. Both have won games by playing solid defense and scoring just enough points needed.
This should be a close, relatively low-scoring affair.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: UNDER 49
Central Florida is the more talented team, and they are playing as close to home as possible without actually being in their stadium. The Red Wolves have been on a roll lately, so they will put up a good fight and not go away easily.
This will be a close game, but UCF should come away with the victory.
AutoNation Cure Bowl Free Score Prediction: UCF 24 – Arkansas State 20
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