Central Florida Betting Odds Preview
UCF makes the transition to the newly formed American Athletic Conference from Conference USA where it won the East Division last season with a straight-up record of 7-1. The Knights lost to Tulsa 33-27 in overtime in the conference title game as 3-point road underdogs, but were able to close out the season with a 38-17 romp over Ball State in the Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl as 7-point favorites to finish 10-4 SU overall.
Odds to Win AAC: 15/2 at Bovada
Regular Season Win Total: 8 at Bovada
The Knights will stage a soft opening to the 2013 season with a home game against Akron and a road game against Florida International, but we will get a good feeling as to just how good this team will be this year with Penn State and South Carolina next on the slate. Back at quarterback is Blake Bortles and his favorite receiver Rannell Hall. Bortles threw for 3,059 yards last season with 720 of them going to Hall.
Head coach George O’Leary will look to Storm Johnson to lead the rushing attack after gaining 507 yards in a backup role last year. UCF ended the 2012 season ranked 27th in the nation in points allowed (22.1). Defensive tackle EJ Dunston, linebacker Terrance Plummer, and cornerback Brandon Alexander are all back, but this year’s unit will have a number of new faces sprinkled throughout the lineup.
The Knights finished last season with a 7-7 record against the spread with a 4-3 ATS record at home, but they were a great team to ride on the total line with 10 of their 14 games going OVER the total. They went 2-3 ATS in their final five games with the total going OVER in three of those contests
AAC Championship Odds at Bovada as of August 8
South Florida 33/1