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

Memphis Tigers (3-0) at UCF Knights (2-0)

  • Start Time: 7:00 PM EST
  • Location: Spectrum Stadium, Orlando, FL
  • TV: ESPN2
  • Streaming: WatchESPN
  • Weather:
  • Line: UCF -4.5, O/U 69, FPI 76.5% Chance for UCF to win

Well, I wrote this already, but thanks, Irma. My outlook on each team has changed a lot though, so here goes round two.

UCF Knights Overview

Who saw that coming? UCF manhandled Maryland, it wasn’t even close. I thought UCF would win, but in a close game, winning 38-10, I didn’t see at all. UCF proved last week that they are the best team in the American, yes better than USF. Don’t call me insane, just read the article.

The Knights have been unstoppable on offense, scoring 99 points through their first two games, QB McKenzie Milton has led the offense with a 183.7 passer rating, he’s already thrown for five touchdowns so far this season, he only threw ten all of last season.

What might be more impressive is Milton has only thrown one interception, hasn’t lost a fumble, and has yet to be sacked. The Knights offensive line has given him the time he needs to pick the defense apart, he didn’t get that time last season.

He isn’t afraid to run the ball either, he is the Knights leading rusher with 98 yards, last week he had a really impressive 55 yard run against Maryland.

Milton also has a ton of weapons around him, he has three 100 yard receivers(Snelson, Akins, Smith) and five running backs that have at least one rushing touchdown.

The UCF defense has been really good as well, they’ve only given up 27 points so far this season. They gave up to 17 to a good Maryland team and ten to a subpar FIU team. That doesn’t tell the whole story though, the Knights have a 97.5 defensive efficiency rating, which is fourth best in the nation.

Memphis Tigers Overview

The Memphis Tigers are 3-0 entering this game, but that could be a deceiving 3-0. The Tigers have had two relatively close games where they should have blown the opposing team out.

In their first game, Memphis had a big lead on ULM, but let the Warhawks get back into the game late. The Tigers ended up winning the game by eight, 37-29.

The other close game that shouldn’t have been close was their game last week against FCS Southern Illinois. The Salukis led the game at half and for a while had me thinking that they would upset Memphis a week after Memphis upset UCLA(I’ll get to that game, soon). Memphis took the lead back about mid-way through the third, while they never let the lead go again, they did let Southern Illinois back in the game, getting as close as 37-31 with 4:51 left in the fourth.

I told you I’d get to it, so here it is, Memphis had a tough home game against Mr. School and Football Don’t Mix, Josh Rosen and his UCLA Bruins. There were a couple people out there that saw this happening, Memphis isn’t a slouch and can play up to the level of a “big time school” like UCLA. They didn’t disappoint either, QB Riley Ferguson outshined Rosen, throwing for 398 yards and six touchdowns. The game was a close back and forth game with the Tigers getting the last score on a go-ahead touchdown with 9:56 left in the game.

Prediction

Come Saturday night, Orlando will be rocking with primetime football on ESPN2. Spectrum Field will be the place to be, with two highly explosive offenses taking the field.

This game will be a close shootout, UCF is really good on defense but Memphis’ offense is better, and UCF’s offense is way better than the Memphis defense. UCF QB McKenzie Milton will outduel Ferguson to put UCF over the edge and win the game for the Knights.

UCF Knights 49-Memphis 35

 

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