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Betting line favors BYU over UCF

Points may be at a premium Friday night when the UCF Knights play the BYU Cougars in a game matching up teams coming off brutal losses.

All three of UCF’s first three games have gone UNDER the posted total (as they have given up just 6.7 points per game), and two of BYU’s three games have gone UNDER as well. The total opened at 43 but may get forced lower.

Both will be hungry after bad losses last week.

View Central Florida vs BYU Odds and Stats.

Betting Line: The Cougars were listed as 3-point favorites at sportsbooks on the opening college football line. The total was hovering around 44, a tempting target for UNDER bettors (total may move lower at 5Dimes Frioday, check it out.)

Power Rankings / Prediction: The OddsShark Power Rankings have the Cougars at No. 72 and the Knights at No. 5 heading into this contest.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up BYU's No. 111-ranked offense (13.3 PPG) against a Knights defense that ranks No. 3 at 6.7 PPG. The Cougars passing attack has averaged 253.3 yards per game, more than the Knights give up through the air (93.7 YPG on average).

Defensively, the Knights feature the league's No. 28-rated road run defense, allowing 111 yards per game. BYU, meanwhile, ranks No. 114 in rushing offense at home.

Last time out for Central Florida, they were a 17-10 loser as they battled Florida International on the road. Central Florida failed to cover in the match as a 6.5-point favorite, while 27 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors.

In their last action, BYU was a 54-10 loser at home against Utah. They failed to cover the 4–point spread as favorites, while the combined score (64) was profitable news for OVER bettors.

Central Florida Knights Trends:
When playing in September are 5-5
When playing on grass are 8-2
After outgaining opponent are 9-1
When playing outside the conference are 5-5

BYU Cougars Trends:
When playing in September are 4-6
When playing on grass are 6-4
After being outgained are 6-4
When playing outside the conference are 5-5

A few Knights at Cougars trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Central Florida's last 5 games
Central Florida is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
Central Florida is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games on the road
BYU is 21-4 SU in its last 25 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of BYU's last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 11 of BYU's last 16 games
BYU is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games

Next up:
Central Florida home to Marshall, Saturday, October 8
BYU home to Utah State, Friday, September 30