2021-10-22
MEMPHIS
UCF
League : NCAAF

UCF vs MEMPHIS Prediction & Preview



 

 

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Two AAC rivals will square off one more time when the inconsistent Memphis Tigers visit the Bounce House for a showdown with the UCF Knights. Central Florida has been pretty good at home, or at least much better than on the road, but injuries could put an end to their home-winning streak against a rival that is craving a win.

The Memphis Tigers were one of the most surprising teams of the early season before a couple of reality checks. Now, no one knows which version of them will show up to the field and they’ve been tough to back for bettors. Then again, you have to like their chances against a team that’s been completely riddled by injuries as of late. Right now, they’re 1.5-point favorites in a game where the total is set at 63.5 points.

 

Tigers need to find consistency

Not many people bought into the Tigers’ somewhat shocking 3-0 start to the season. They beat Nichols 42-17, Arkansas State 55-50, and Mississippi State 31-29 before suffering losses to UTSA (31-28), Temple (34-31), and Tulsa (35-29). Now, they’re coming off a 35-17 win over Navy to take their record to 4 and 3.

 

 

 

Quarterback Seth Henigan is coming off a solid game against Navy, throwing for 215 yards on just 8 completions with 2 touchdowns and 1 interception. The Tigers made the most of their damage on the ground with Calvin Austin rushing once for 69 yards and a score, while Marquavius Weaver and Brandon Thomas combined for 121 yards and a couple of rushing touchdowns.

 

Injuries continue to plague the Knights

The UCF Knights have been two completely different teams at home and on the road. They beat Boise State 36-31, Bethune Cookman 63-14, and East Carolina 20-16 at Bounce House, but lost 42-35 to Louisville, 34-30 to Navy, and 56-21 to Cincinnati. On top of that, they’ve already lost running back RJ Harvey for the season and quarterback Dillon Gabriel could also miss the rest of the year.

 

That game against Cincinnati really exposed their terrible rush defense, as the Bearcats ran for 336 yards and six touchdowns, topped by Jerome Ford’s 189 yards and four touchdowns on 20 carries. Backup quarterback Mikey Keene was far from impressive, completing 16 of 27 passes for 141 yards, 1 touchdown, and a couple of interceptions, struggling to get anything outside of the pocket.

 







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