Point spread favors Golden Hurricane in battle with Knights
Central Florida Knights vs Tulsa Golden Hurricane Odds
In what could very well be a preview of the upcoming Conference USA championship game 8-2 Tulsa hosts 8-2 Central Florida Saturday afternoon (noon ET).
The Hurricane, leaders of the West Division at 6-0 in conference play, were early three-point favorites over the Knights, who are 6-0 and in first place in the East.
Betting Line: Tulsa were sitting as 2.5-point favorites earlier in the week at Bovada. The total was to be set a bit later in the week for over under betting purposes.
Power Rankings / Prediction: The game pits the Golden Hurricane, currently No. 49 in our OddsShark NCAAF Power Rankings, against the Knights, who rate No. 22 in the latest survey. Meanwhile, math and handicapping models run on this game predict a 46-44 victory for the Golden Hurricane.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Tulsa's No. 24-ranked offense (37.2 PPG) against a Knights defense that ranks No. 26 at 21.2 PPG. The Golden Hurricane passing attack has averaged 204.9 yards per game, more than the Knights give up through the air (191.6 YPG on average).
In comparing defenses, the Knights own the league's No. 72-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 179.6 yards per game when on the road. Tulsa, on the other hand, rates No. 9 this week in generating rushing yards at home.
Central Florida was a 31-24 winner in its last match on the road against Texas El Paso. They failed to cover the 13.5-point spread as favorites, while the total score of 55 sent OVER bettors to the payout window. In their last game, Central Florida got a 117-yard performance from Latavius Murray as a key part of its 31-24 win over Texas El Paso.
In their last action, Tulsa was a 41-7 winner on the road against Houston. They covered the 3.5-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (48) was profitable news for UNDER bettors. Houston didn’t make much of a game of it last time out, losing to the Golden Hurricane as Tulsa blasted them 41-7 in Week 11 action.
Central Florida Knights Trends:
When playing in November are 6-4
When playing on turf are 5-5
After outgaining opponent are 5-5
When playing within the conference are 7-3
Tulsa Golden Hurricane Trends:
When playing in November are 8-2
When playing on turf are 8-2
After outgaining opponent are 8-2
When playing within the conference are 9-1
A few Knights at Golden Hurricane trends to consider:
Central Florida is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Central Florida's last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Central Florida's last 9 games on the road
Central Florida is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Tulsa is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Tulsa is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Tulsa's last 5 games
Central Florida home to UAB, Saturday, November 24
Tulsa at Southern Methodist, Saturday, November 24