UCF Favored Over NC State in Bitcoin St. Petersburg Bowl

football cheerleaderAnother bowl game on the 26th of December, 2014, is the Bitcoin St. Petersburg Bowl. This one has the 7-5 NC State Wolfpack of the ACC Atlantic playing the 9-3 UCF Knights of the American Conference. The game will be played at the Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida with kick off time at 8 PM ET. You can watch all of the football action on ESPN TV.

The Central Florida Knights are favored in the game at -2 ½ with the O/U at 49 ½ and ML -135, with the comeback on NC State Wolfpack is +2 ½ and +125 ML. The UCL team completed 2013 season at 12-1 with their win in the last game against the No. 6 Baylor Bears 52-42 as and 3 touchdowns as then Junior QB Bortles passed for 3 touchdowns on 301 yards. After the season he declared he was draft eligible and was chose as 3rd overall by the NFL Jackson Jaguars and has become a starter.

This 2014 season UCF won their 2nd consecutive American Athletic Conference title after they started the season as 0-2, then finished 9-3 behind QB Holman who completed 200 of 339 pass attempts for 2,661 yards with 20 touchdowns and 13 interceptions, while having a 59.0 percent completion rate. RB Stanback had 177 carries for 659 yards for 10 touchdowns, while Receiver Perriman made 41 receptions for 906 yards and 9 touchdowns. This 2014 season Central Florida 7-5 averaged scoring 28.2 points per game while allowing their opponents to score an average of 17.9 points per game. They were 6-0 at home games and 3-2 on road games.

The Wolfpack is excited about playing in this Bitcoin Bowl in St. Petersburg after they ended their season at 7-5, while the averaged 121.2 yards rushing in their last 6 of 8 season regular games, as they had 362 yards against Wake Forest and 388 against the UNC. The leaders offensively for the Wolfpack are QB Brissett who completed 206 of 344 of his passes for 2,344 yards, with 22 touchdowns and 5 interceptions, and a 59.9 percent completion rate. RB Thorton had 147 carries for some 811 yards with 9 touchdowns, while receiver Hines made 42 receptions for 537 yards and 1 TD. The Wolfpack for the 2014 season averaged scoring some 29.8 points per game, while their opponents scored an average of 27.0 points per game. At home their record was 4-3 and on the road 3-2.

Last 2013 season these 2 teams were in a completely different scenario as the Wolfpack ended an ACC season winless, while UCF was playing the Baylor Bears in the Fiesta Bowl.

If you bet on college bowl games at a sportsbook, this is the 1st game between these 2 teams since back in Sept. of 2011 when the Wolfpack beat UC 28-21. The UCF Knights rank 3rd in the nation, on defense, as they allowed an average of 282.2 yards each game. They also rank 5th allowing 97.4 rushing yard for each game.