Florida A&M Rattles vs. Central Florida Knights

UCF Opens College Football Betting Season at Home vs. Florida A&M

Against the Central Florida Knights as a constant enemy is in the past. When Central Florida had their magical 13-0 dream season in 2017, they set a demanding standard. Fans have quickly decided that the Knights should always have that level of college football betting success. As a result, the pressure has been on head coach Josh Heupel ever since he took command in 2018. Head coach Scott Frost set an impossible marquee in 2017 before going home to Nebraska. Cause by that record, Heupel will always be judged by. Besides the American Athletic Conference is not well respected.

Florida A&M Rattlers vs. Central Florida Knights

Date and Time:Thursday, August 29, 2019, 7:30 p.m. ET
Location:Spectrum Stadium, Orlando, Florida
Florida A&M Vs. UCF TV Coverage:CBSSN

 

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Florida A&M vs. UCF Overview

At the onset of this game is the reality of college football betting perceptions. Florida A&M is a 1-AA team and carries that “minor league” stigma. Central Florida is coming off final national rankings of sixth in 2017 and 11th in 2018. By reason of proclaiming themselves, national champions in 2017 do expectations overflow. Last year Central Florida was 12-1 straight up, 9-4 against the spread, and 5-8 under the total. Following a perfect regular season was a 40-32 loss to LSU in the bowl game. Many were glad about the loss as it ended perceived UCF whining.

One Dimensional Look

Offensively Central Florida remained an offshore betting power that ranked fifth overall and sixth for scoring. Counter to that was a defense that was simply not up to par. UCF ranked 95th overall for total defense and 36th for points allowed. In particular, the run defense was a liability that ranked 117th in the country. By reason of that, the coaching transition from Frost to Heupel remains a worry. Heupel couldn’t have had a better debut and kept things rolling. But as the program becomes more “his” the challenge of recruiting and culture will be Heupel’s to own.

Missing Milton

From this point, the most significant challenge will be replacing star quarterback McKenzie Milton. Plenty of excellent skill talent surrounds the QB position. Milton was lost to a horrific injury that will keep him sidelined until next year. Consequently, the Knights will be missing the AAC Player of the year. Backup Darriel Mack Jr. proved capable of filling in. Mack was named Most Valuable Player in the AAC Championship Game. Consider his six touchdowns in UCF’s 56-41 college football betting payout there over Memphis. Mack compiled a 111 QB rating with a 3/1 TD/INT ratio. Transfer Brandon Wimbush is backup.

Central Florida vs. The Line

Central Florida is:

  • 7-2 against the spread as a home favorite
  • 3-5 under the total as a home chalk

Florida A&M vs. UCF College Football Betting Picks

In this situation, Florida A&M will be overmatched. RB Greg McCrae (1182 YDS, 8.9 YPC, 10 TD) leads the Knights talented backfield. Further weaponry comes from All-AAC WR Gabriel Davis (53 REC, 815 YDS, 7 TD). Besides, UCF brings considerable depth at receiver.

Florida A&M vs. Central Florida College Football Betting Prediction: Central Florida

Florida A&M vs. Central Florida College Football Betting Score Prediction: UCF 49, Florida A&M 0

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