SMU Mustangs vs. UCF Knights-Preview, Prediction, TV, Betting and More

SMU Mustangs (2-3) vs. #12 UCF Knights (4-0)

 

  • Game Time: 7:00 PM EST
  • Location: Spectrum Stadium, Orlando, FL
  • TV: ESPNU
  • Line: UCF -24
  • FPI: UCF 92.3%
  • O/U: 74

SMU Mustangs

The Mustangs started the season 0-3, losing to three really good teams (North Texas, TCU, Michigan). In those three games, they were outscored 133-55.
Since then SMU has outscored their opponents 94-57. In those two games, they beat Navy in an overtime thriller where they went for two and the win and got it. They also beat FCS Houston Baptist 63-27.
The Mustangs have a little bit of a QB controversy; junior Ben Hicks started the first two games of the season but was benched for true freshman William Brown. William Brown has started the last three games but was replaced by Hicks in overtime of the Navy game. Brown will most likely start on Saturday but don’t be shocked if Hicks makes an appearance or two.
Defensively, they allow 38 ppg, which is 114th in the nation. They give up a lot of points which will be a big problem when they face McKenzie Milton and the Knights offense.

#12 UCF Knights

After a shaky game against South Carolina State, Milton is back to his Heisman candidate form, in the last two games he has 12 touchdowns and zero turnovers.
The offense put up 45 against ACC Pitt. Sure it’s Pitt, but it’s a P5 team nonetheless. They finally utilized Killins on the outside, they hit him on a wheel route for a 71-yard touchdown. Expect a lot of that against a weak SMU defense.
UCF’s defense has been extremely good this year, tackling has been an issue but they don’t give up a lot of points; 16.8 to be exact, which is good enough for 15th in the nation.
The Knights have a top 10 offense (7th) and a top 15 defense (15th), good luck beating this team, this week won’t be any different.

Prediction

UCF is going to roll big time, the only real question is can Milton reach six touchdowns for a third straight week.
I think he will do it. I’m calling for five passing touchdowns and one rushing.
This run he has been on will only get better this week.
UCF 52-SMU 17
 
 
 
 

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