The Memphis Tigers and the Central Florida Knights are two big college football wagering fish swimming in the very small pond that is the American Athletic Conference, which championship game will be contested between the two highest-scoring teams in the country. The Tigers are averaging 47 points this season, 53.7 in their current seven-game winning run, while the undefeated Knights lead the nation with 48.3 points per game. The winner of this game will likely get a spot in the College Football Playoff a New Year’s Six bowl game.
— Memphis Football (@MemphisFB) November 29, 2017
- Date: December 2
- Time: 12:05
- Venue: Spectrum Stadium, Orlando, FL
- Sportsbook Online Vegas Odds College Football Betting:
Memphis +7 (-110) 82 (-110) +235
Central Florida -7 (-110) 82 (-110) -275
Knights of the Round Table (with no table spread)
UCF scored 45 or more points in the Knights’ last three games, and the total went over on all three occasions. “We’ve had a great season,” head coach Scott Frost said. “Our players have accomplished things that haven’t been done very often, if they’ve ever been done before. I can’t tell you how happy I am for them, the work they’ve put in and the journey they’ve been on to this point. But this game is the pinnacle for everything that has happened this season.” Unfortunately for people gambling on college football, Central Florida isn’t as dependable when it comes to the spread, covering just one time in their last six games, and in just two of eight when a single-digit favorite. Another potential source of concern for the Knights is the defense, which allowed South Florida quarterback Quinton Flowers 605 yards and five TDs. UCF has won the last 10 meetings with Memphis, including one this season, and has held the usually high-scoring Tigers to just 13 points per game in the last six, in four of which the NCAA football betting total has gone under.
Memphis can dish it out as well as take it
The Tigers have scored 56 or more points in three of their last four games, and 136 in the last two combined, but allowed UCLA and SMU 45, and, more to the point, surrendered 40 to UCF. According to Memphis head coach Mike Norvell, they spent part of the preseason preparing for UCF because they were scheduled to be the second game of the season. it ended up being, thanks to Hurricane Irma, the fourth game in their schedule. Neither the preparation nor the extra time seemed to do the Tigers any good, though. “We need to realize who we are and what we are good at,” Norvell said. “There are things that went on during that first game where we did have success and we need to build off of that.” Memphis is 7-0 SU and 6-0-1 ATS in the last seven games conference games, 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games and 6-0-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall, and 0-5 NCAA football betting in their last five trips to Central Florida.