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Central Florida KnightsSouthern Methodist Mustangs
Oct 15, 3:30 PM | Turf of Gerald J. Ford Stadium

Central Florida Knights vs Southern Methodist Mustangs Odds

3-2TEAM RECORD4-1

The Knights will be looking to pick up a win and cover the spread when they take on the Mustangs in Southern Methodist at Gerald J. Ford Stadium on Saturday in Week 7 action.

The Knights will try to spoil to the party on Saturday; they are 2-3 ATS against the number this season, while the Mustangs are 3-2 ATS. Central Florida is 0-5 on the totals; Southern Methodist is 2-3.

View Central Florida vs Southern Methodist Odds and Stats.

Betting Line: Bettors looking to back the visiting Knights in this one found them as 1-point underdogs on the opening college football point spread. Bookmark the college football odds pages to see where the over under number opens in this game.

Power Rankings / Prediction: It's a betting matchup between the No. 43-rated Mustangs and the No. 9-ranked Knights, according to the NCAAF Power Rankings here at Odds Shark. Predictive-scoring models run on this game indicate a potential 40-35 result in favor of the Knights.

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How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Southern Methodist's No. 39-ranked offense (32.8 PPG) against a Knights defense that ranks No. 2 at 10 PPG. The Mustangs passing attack has averaged 326.8 yards per game, more than the Knights give up through the air (100.2 YPG on average).

Defensively, the Knights feature the league's No. 27-rated road run defense, allowing 119 yards per game. Southern Methodist, meanwhile, ranks No. 96 in rushing offense at home.

Last time out for Central Florida, they were a 16-6 winner as they battled Marshall at home. Central Florida failed to cover in the match as a 19.5-point favorite, while 22 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors.

Southern Methodist won its last outing, a 40-33 result against TCU on October 1. Southern Methodist covered in that game as a 13-point underdog, while the 73 combined points took the game OVER the total.

Central Florida Knights Trends:
When playing in October are 7-3
When playing on turf are 6-4
After outgaining opponent are 8-2
When playing within the conference are 9-1

Southern Methodist Mustangs Trends:
When playing in October are 6-4
When playing on turf are 7-3
After outgaining opponent are 6-4
When playing within the conference are 7-3

A few Knights at Mustangs trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Central Florida's last 5 games
Central Florida is 12-3 SU in its last 15 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Central Florida's last 5 games on the road
Central Florida is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Southern Methodist's last 6 games at home
Southern Methodist is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
Southern Methodist is 9-3 SU in its last 12 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Southern Methodist's last 11 games

Next up:
Central Florida at UAB, Thursday, October 20
Southern Methodist at Southern Miss, Saturday, October 22

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