UCF Knights vs. Cincinnati Bearcats, American Athletic Conference game. The best team in the East Division travels to Cincinnati to play against another team in the same division. So far the Knights have only one defeat in the season and one victory in the conference. The home team will face their first home conference game. The Bearcats have two solid victories at home in four weeks of the season.
UCF Knights: We are ready for anything.
The Knights won the first conference game against Connecticut 56-21 at home. All home games were dominant victories by more than 30 points. The first home game was against Florida A&M 62-0, the second game against Stanford 45-27 and the last against the conference opponent in the same Connecticut division. The Knights are 4-1 overall, the only defeat was against Pittsburgh (ACC) 34-35 on the road.
On the road the record is 1-1-0 for the Knights. The team is scoring an average of 41 points for juice, 40.5 rushes with 198.5 rush yards, 16.5 completed passes with 300 pass yards. The last game on the road won the second half with 26 points to lose the game 34-35. The defense allows up to 24.5 points per game.
Dillon Gabriel in his first year as starting quaterback with good numbers. 1338 yards, 61.7% with 74 completed passes, 14 touchdowns with only two interceptions. The only two interceptions were against Pittsburgh in the only loss of the Knights so far. Against conference rivals, Gabriel is 68.8% effective with 11 completed passes and 3 touchdowns.
Cincinnati Bearcats: The first game in the conference.
The Bearcats have a positive record with 3-1 overall. No losses at home, two victories in Cincinnati. The first victory against UCLA 24-14, and the most recent against Miami (OH) 35-13. The last game for the Bearcats was a victory on the road against Marshall 52-14. The four home conference games will be against UCF, Tulsa, Connecticut and Temple.
At home the Bearcats are scoring an average of 29.5 points per game, 48.5 rushes with 204.5 rush yards, 16 completed passes 214 pass yards. The defense allows up to 13.5 points per game, 38 rushes with 63 rush yards, 9.0 completed passes with 149.5 pass yards. The record against the Knights has been negative since 2015 with 1-3-0. The only home victory was in 2015. The most recent home game was a 23-51 loss in 2017.
Desmond Ridder in four games has had an almost perfect performance. 64.3% with 63 completed passes, 815 yards, 8 touchdowns and 3 interceptions. Most interceptions were at home. At home 32 completed passes with 428 yards. Playing on the road Ridder has had an excellent job with 31-42 for 73.8% completed passes.
My Free Pick & Prediction for UCF Knights vs. Cincinnati Bearcats 10/03/2019 is: take the UCF Knights -4.0 (TOTALS).
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