Memphis Tigers at UCF Knights-Preview, TV, Weather, Betting and More

Memphis Tigers (1-0) at UCF Knights (1-0)

  • Start Time: 6:30 PM EST
  • Location: Bright House Field, Orlando Fl
  • TV: ESPNU
  • Streaming: Here
  • Weather: 76 at kickoff with a 20% chance of rain
  • Line: UCF -3, O/U 69.5

Memphis Tigers Overview

The Tigers played ULM in week one and didn’t blow the Warhawks out like I expected they would. The game was tied after one before Memphis rattled off 4 straight scores to go up 30-7. The Tigers scored once before the 3rd quarter ended to go up 37-14 but with two late touchdowns from ULM, the Warhawks almost made a complete comeback, but ended up falling eight points short, 37-29.

What can’t be lost in the close score is the ability Memphis has to create big plays. All but one of the Tiger touchdowns were 55+ yards, included a 99-yard kickoff return from Tony Pollard to start the second half. Big plays like these might be hard to come by against the UCF defense, they will have to gain a few yards here, a few yards there, and hope they can break off a big play if they want to score.

The Memphis defense, on the other hand, did not look good. They gave up 425 yards, which is more than the Tigers offense gained(416). It wasn’t all bad as they did force four turnovers, but if they give up 425 yards to ULM, UCF will tear them apart. The defense will have to step up big time.

UCF Knights Overview

UCF started their 2017 campaign off with a bang, beating FIU 61-17. The game was never close, UCF lived up to the term “UCFast” racking up 587 yards of offense and the defense was flying to the ball forcing 4 turnovers. The Knights looked good on all sides of the ball.

UCF picked up 31 first downs, but when they were put in a third down situation, the Knights went 4-13, which normally isn’t a good sign, but they did go 3-3 on 4th down conversions. Milton will need to do a better job on third down(or avoid it and score in the early downs, kind of like last week) in order to lead the Knights to a victory.

McKenzie Milton looked much improved from his freshman season, he threw 16-21 and 4 touchdowns, averaging 17.14 yards per attempt, yes it’s only one game but last year he only averaged 5.9 yards. Also, he only threw for 10 touchdowns last season, he is basically half way there after one game.

UCF is going to be good this year, and while FIU isn’t a true test, UCF showed a lot and woke some people up to just how good they can be. If they can beat a really good Memphis team, more people will realize it.

Prediction

UCF looked really good against a lesser opponent and Memphis just looked eh against a lesser opponent. It’s hard to judge off one week, but I’ve been saying this since before the season started, UCF is going to surprise people. I see them beating Memphis and dare I say make it look easy?

UCF 31-Memphis 14 

 

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