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UCF Knights vs Houston Cougars Betting Preview

Houston CougarsCentral Florida Knights

After dropping to 5-7 last year the Houston Cougars are back on the prowl, and in first place in the American Athletic Conference.

But 7-1 Houston now runs into the heavy part of its schedule, beginning with a road game at 6-1 Central Florida Saturday night.

The Cougars are averaging 41 points per game, which has helped them go 7-1 ATS this season.

The Knights, meanwhile, just put up 62 points on UConn, and are 6-1 vs. the numbers this season.

In the early betting Houston was getting 10 points as road dogs from UCF.

The Knights sport a record of 6-1 and 6-1 ATS heading into this matchup, while the Cougars sit at 7-1 and 7-1 ATS on the season. The over under records are 3-4 for the Knights and 5-3 for the Cougars.

View Houston Cougars vs Central Florida Knights Odds and Stats.

The visitors opened as 10-point underdogs in this one at 5Dimes and most sportsbooks tracked here at OddsShark. No total had been posted as of press time check the live lines pages in the coming days to see where the number opened.

The Power Rankings at OddsShark have the No. 29-rated Cougars taking on the No. 10-rated Knights in this contest. Handicapping models indicate a 45-44 win for the Cougars on Saturday.

Last time out for Houston, they were a 35-23 winner as they battled South Florida at home. Houston failed to cover in the match as a 18-point favorite, while 58 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors. J.J. Worton hauled in 6 passes for 119 yards against the Connecticut defense in the team's last game, leading Central Florida over the Huskies 62-17 on Saturday.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Central Florida's No. 27-ranked offense, averaging 37 PPG, against a Cougars defense that ranks No. 35 this week at 22.38 PPG. The Knights aerial game is averaging 278.71 yards per game, less than the Cougars secondary allows through the air, 286 YPG per game.

In comparing defenses, the Cougars own the league's No. 37-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 144 yards per game when on the road. Central Florida, on the other hand, rates No. 100 this week in generating rushing yards at home.

A few Cougars at Knights trends to consider:
Houston is 9-1 ATS in its last 10 games
Houston is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Houston's last 5 games
Houston is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Central Florida is 7-1 ATS in its last 8 games
Central Florida is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games
Central Florida is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games at home
Central Florida is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games at home

Next up:
Houston at Louisville, Saturday, November 16th
Central Florida at Temple, Saturday, November 16th