NCAA College Football Betting Preview: Memphis Tigers vs. UCF Knights – Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020

by Tyler Vaysman | October 17, 2020 |

Both of these teams were favorites in the American Athletic Conference before the season started. After both suffering losses last week, they need wins just to stay in the race.

The Knights fell at home to Tulsa 34-26 snapping a 21-game home winning streak. The Tigers lost to SMU 30-27.

Knights Offense Had an Off Week

UCF usually puts up points in bunches, especially at home. Last week that wasn’t the case as they only put up 26 points with 16 of them coming in the first quarter.

Dillon Gabriel is 87-of-139 for 1,155 yards with nine touchdowns and two interceptions. Marlon Williams is a catching machine with 32 receptions for 388 yards and two touchdowns. The Knights are averaging 582 yards of total offense per game.

UCF has really struggled against the run, giving up 212 yards a game on the ground. After a strong performance against Georgia Tech week one the defense has started heading in the wrong direction.

Memphis Schedule Tough Early

The Tigers play SMU, UCF and Cincinnati in three of the first four weeks of conference play. Those are the other top teams competing with Memphis for the conference title, so we will find out where Memphis stands early.

Brady White is 56-of-79 for 576 yards with seven touchdowns and three interceptions. Sean Dykes has been his favorite target with 16 catches for 222 yards and three touchdowns. Rodrigues Clark has been the best player on offense with 36 carries for 203 yards and a touchdown.

Like UCF, Memphis’s biggest weakness is their defense. They are giving up 486 yards of total offense and 27 points a game.

Knights/Tigers Betting Lines

Mybookie has UCF as 2.5-point favorites. The total is set at 75.5 points.

Free Betting Pick

Both these teams are hungry for a win after losses last weekend and dropping out of the top 25. Offense is going to be a plenty in this one with two of the most dynamic units in college football. Memphis’s run game is the difference as they win in a small upset.

UCF 37, Memphis 40

Free Pick: Memphis +2.5

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