NCAAF

Memphis Tigers vs UCF Knights

Memphis
Tigers
8 - 4
UCF
Knights
11 - 0
December 01, 2018, 3:30 PM EST
 | FBC Mortgage Stadium

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Memphis
Tigers
8 - 4
UCF
Knights
11 - 0
December 01, 2018, 3:30 PM EST
 | FBC Mortgage Stadium
  •  A week ago, the UCF Knights were shooting for their second consecutive undefeated season and even had an outside shot at reaching the national playoff. Now, after losing superstar quarterback McKenzie Milton to a season-ending knee injury, the Knights may simply have their hands full winning the American Athletic Conference.

    Despite riding a 24-game winning streak, No. 9 UCF (11-0 overall, 8-0 AAC) is just a 5-point favorite over the visiting Memphis Tigers, who gave the Knights all they could handle earlier this year in a 31-30 loss to UCF in Memphis. The Tigers (8-4 overall, 5-3 AAC) also played UCF tough in last year’s AAC title clash, extending the Knights to overtime before succumbing 62-55. Memphis stamped its ticket to this year’s conference final with a 52-31 win over the Houston Cougars last week.

    SHARK BITES
    • Central Florida is 24-0 SU in its last 24 games (avg. winning margin: 23.25).
    • Memphis is 6-0 ATS in its last six conference games.
    • Central Florida is 6-0 SU and ATS in its last 6 home games against Memphis.

    Memphis vs UCF Game Center

    GROUND GAME HAS KEYED TIGERS’ SUCCESS THIS YEAR

    The Tigers have relied on their powerful running game all season, so it’s only fitting that they won the AAC West last week on the ground. Tied 31-31 with Houston at the end of three quarters, Memphis converted a fourth-and-one in its own territory by pounding the ball up the middle with star running back Darrell Henderson, then continued to use that approach the rest of the way. The result? Memphis outscored the Cougars 21-0 in the final frame despite not throwing a single pass in the entire fourth quarter.

    Memphis finished the regular season with 3,311 rushing yards, setting an AAC single-season record and ranking sixth in the nation with more than 275 yards per game. Henderson also rewrote the conference record books with 1,699 yards, doing so with a robust average of 8.6 yards per carry and reaching the end zone on 19 occasions.

    That ground game promises to serve Memphis well in the conference title game, especially facing a UCF team that was gouged for 214 rushing yards per game this season. The Tigers enjoyed plenty of success against the Knights’ run defense during their regular-season meeting, collecting 281 yards and a 5.4 average per carry.

    CAN KNIGHTS OFFENSE CONTINUE TO CLICK WITHOUT SUPERSTAR QB?

    Losing your quarterback in the regular-season finale would be tough for any team. But losing a perennial Heisman candidate who has scored the most touchdowns of any active FBS player over the last two seasons has to be absolutely devastating for the Knights.

    They picked up the pieces and moved on after Milton suffered his knee injury on a third-down run in the second quarter last week against South Florida, outscoring the host Bulls 21-7 in the second half. But UCF wasn’t able to generate much of a passing attack behind backup QB Darriel Mack, who completed just five of 14 passes for 81 yards and failed to throw for a touchdown.

    The bright spot for the Knights is that their potent attack isn’t completely reliant on the passing game. In fact, UCF rushed for more yards per game (270.8) than they averaged through the air (261.7) this season. And Mack may actually be a better runner than Milton, averaging 7.1 yards per rush attempt this season compared to Milton’s 3.9. Mack scrambled 10 times for 51 yards last week against USF.

    I’M ON THE TIGERS TO SNAP UCF’S STREAK

    UCF coach Josh Huepel insists his Knights are not a one-man team, and you’ve got to admire the way UCF finished strong last week against USF. But the Tigers are not the Bulls, and I think Milton’s injury is going to be too much for UCF to overcome.

    The Tigers have everything they need to pull off the outright win here – a potent run game that can chew clock and keep the UCF offense off the field, a decent run defense that will force the Knights to make some plays through the air, experience of being in last year’s conference final and motivation to avenge their recent losses to the Knights. It’s been an incredible run by UCF over the last couple of seasons, but I think the 24-game streak ends here. I’m on Memphis +5, and I’m also grabbing a piece of the Tigers moneyline at +175.

Odds

Saturday, December 1 Sat Dec 1


Opening
Current

vs3:30pm ET
Spread
Moneyline
O/U
Opening
+7
-115
+226
o72
-110
-7
-105
-254
u72
-110
Spread
Moneyline
O/U
Current
-1
-110
-115
o65
-110
+1
-110
-105
u65
-110

Edge Finder

27.77
Total Score
31.92
275.77
Passing Yards
206.46
135.42
Rushing Yards
196.31
26:45
Time on Field
28:32
71.75
Number of Plays
66.62
6.05
Yards Per Play
6.05
27.77
Total Score
31.92
6.85
First Quarter
8.00
8.00
Second Quarter
8.15
5.69
Third Quarter
8.85
6.77
Fourth Quarter
6.92
275.77
Passing Yards
206.46
34.23
Pass Attempts
30.00
20.62
Pass Completions
19.38
2.23
Sacks
1.92
12.62
Sack Yards
12.15
13.38
Yards Per Pass
10.65
135.42
Rushing Yards
196.31
34.67
Rush Attempts
36.62
3.91
Yards Per Rush
5.36
0.85
Interceptions
0.69
1.08
Fumbles
1.00
0.62
Fumbles Lost
0.46
1.46
Total Turnovers
1.15
4.46
Penalties
6.15
36.15
Penalty Yards
53.54
26:45
Time on Field
28:32
71.75
Number of Plays
66.62
6.05
Yards Per Play
6.05
3.31
Punts
5.54
43.91
Punt Average
40.64
65.77
Return Yards
65.69

Head To Head

MEMPHS
Stat Type UCF
0-10
Record
10-0
4-6
ATS
6-4
4-5-1
O/U
4-5-1
20.40
Score
38.60
137.10
Rush Yds
209.80
34.90
Pass Attempts
27.40
55.01
Completion %
62.41
238.80
Passing Yds
244.40
375.9
Total Yds
454.2
2.20
Turnovers
1.00
MEMPHS
Stat Type UCF
0-3
Record
3-0
1-2
ATS
2-1
1-2
O/U
1-2
32.67
Score
44.33
212.67
Rush Yds
249.00
40.67
Pass Attempts
33.33
60.66
Completion %
64.00
333.67
Passing Yds
347.67
546.33
Total Yds
596.67
2.67
Turnovers
2.00
Oct 13/18 (1 of 10)
MEMPHS
Stat Type UCF
Home
Away
30
Score
31
+5
ATS
-5
80.5 o
O/U
80.5 u
281
Rush Yds
165
29
Pass Attempts
29
58.62
Completion %
58.62
209
Passing Yds
296
490
Total Yds
461
2
Turnovers
1
Dec 2/17 (2 of 10)
MEMPHS
Stat Type UCF
Away
Home
55
Score
62
+6.5
ATS
-6.5
80 o
O/U
80 u
282
Rush Yds
232
44
Pass Attempts
40
68.18
Completion %
70.00
471
Passing Yds
494
753
Total Yds
726
2
Turnovers
4
Sep 30/17 (3 of 10)
MEMPHS
Stat Type UCF
Away
Home
13
Score
40
+5.5
ATS
-5.5
68.5 o
O/U
68.5 u
75
Rush Yds
350
49
Pass Attempts
31
55.10
Completion %
61.29
321
Passing Yds
253
396
Total Yds
603
4
Turnovers
1
Oct 5/13 (4 of 10)
MEMPHS
Stat Type UCF
Home
Away
17
Score
24
+9
ATS
-9
48 o
O/U
48 u
118
Rush Yds
110
39
Pass Attempts
36
51.28
Completion %
47.22
279
Passing Yds
160
397
Total Yds
270
4
Turnovers
0
Oct 20/12 (5 of 10)
MEMPHS
Stat Type UCF
Home
Away
17
Score
35
+24
ATS
-24
50.5 o
O/U
50.5 u
240
Rush Yds
229
28
Pass Attempts
26
71.43
Completion %
57.69
121
Passing Yds
122
361
Total Yds
351
3
Turnovers
1
Oct 29/11 (6 of 10)
MEMPHS
Stat Type UCF
Away
Home
0
Score
41
+29.5
ATS
-29.5
48 o
O/U
48 u
33
Rush Yds
261
25
Pass Attempts
27
40.00
Completion %
74.07
101
Passing Yds
244
134
Total Yds
505
1
Turnovers
0
Nov 27/10 (7 of 10)
MEMPHS
Stat Type UCF
Home
Away
17
Score
37
+26.5
ATS
-26.5
56.5 o
O/U
56.5 u
23
Rush Yds
104
34
Pass Attempts
17
61.76
Completion %
82.35
272
Passing Yds
252
295
Total Yds
356
2
Turnovers
1
Oct 3/09 (8 of 10)
MEMPHS
Stat Type UCF
Away
Home
14
Score
32
+7
ATS
-7
46 o
O/U
46 u
67
Rush Yds
261
31
Pass Attempts
28
51.61
Completion %
57.14
258
Passing Yds
214
325
Total Yds
475
2
Turnovers
1
Nov 22/08 (9 of 10)
MEMPHS
Stat Type UCF
Home
Away
21
Score
28
-5.5
ATS
+5.5
46.5 o
O/U
46.5 u
122
Rush Yds
73
37
Pass Attempts
19
40.54
Completion %
42.11
183
Passing Yds
121
305
Total Yds
194
2
Turnovers
1
Sep 22/07 (10 of 10)
MEMPHS
Stat Type UCF
Away
Home
20
Score
56
+7
ATS
-7
56.5 o
O/U
56.5 u
130
Rush Yds
313
33
Pass Attempts
21
48.48
Completion %
80.95
173
Passing Yds
288
303
Total Yds
601
0
Turnovers
0

Team Records

MEMPHS
Record UCF
8-4
All
11-0
6-1
Home
7-0
2-3
Away
4-0
0-0
Neutral Site
0-0
8-4
ATS
8-3
6-1
ATS Home
5-2
2-3
ATS Away
3-1
0-0
ATS Neutral Site
0-0
6-5
O/U
3-8
4-2
O/U Home
2-5
2-3
O/U Away
1-3
0-0
O/U Neutral Site
0-0
MEMPHS
Record UCF
5-3
All
8-0
3-1
Home
4-0
2-2
Away
4-0
0-0
Neutral Site
0-0
6-2
ATS
6-2
4-0
ATS Home
3-1
2-2
ATS Away
3-1
0-0
ATS Neutral Site
0-0
3-5
O/U
2-6
2-2
O/U Home
1-3
1-3
O/U Away
1-3
0-0
O/U Neutral Site
0-0
MEMPHS
Record UCF
7-3
All
10-0
5-1
Home
7-0
2-2
Away
3-0
0-0
Neutral Site
0-0
7-3
ATS
7-3
5-1
ATS Home
5-2
2-2
ATS Away
2-1
0-0
ATS Neutral Site
0-0
6-4
O/U
2-8
4-2
O/U Home
2-5
2-2
O/U Away
0-3
0-0
O/U Neutral Site
0-0

Gametime Weather

Weather
3:00pm Mostly Cloudy
26ºC / 78ºF
63% Humidity
6% Precipitation
72% Cloud Cover
Wind Impact Stadium Type Open
Field Image
Arrow Image 13
mph

Injuries

NamePositionInj Desc
No Reported Injuries
NamePositionInj Desc
No Reported Injuries

Last 10 Games

DateOppScoreSULineTotalATSOFF. RUSHOFF. PASSOFF. TOTALDEF. RUSHDEF. PASSDEF. TOTALTO
Nov 23, 2018HOUSTO52-31W-9.5/76-W/O4012096101382563941
Nov 16, 2018SMU28-18W-7.5/75-W/U20822643425341366-1
Nov 10, 2018TULSA47-21W-16.5/65.5-W/O2972024991121402520
Nov 3, 2018E.CAR59-41W-11/66.5-W/O277362639107449556-1
Oct 20, 2018MIZZOU33-65L+8.5/70.5-L/O2002084082733736462
Oct 13, 2018UCF30-31L+5/80.5-W/U2812094901652964611
Oct 6, 2018UCONN55-14W-36/77-W/U378256634112215327-4
Sep 28, 2018TULANE24-40L-14.5/66-L/U312462773181784960
Sep 22, 2018S.ALA52-35W-31.5/66-L/O271292563107360467-2
Sep 14, 2018GA.ST59-22W-29/63-W/O4102696791731393120
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DateOppScoreSULineTotalATSOFF. RUSHOFF. PASSOFF. TOTALDEF. RUSHDEF. PASSDEF. TOTALTO
Nov 23, 2018USF38-10W-16.5/69.5-W/U3911675581961133090
Nov 17, 2018CINCIN38-13W-6.5/60.5-W/U134268402252127379-2
Nov 10, 2018NAVY35-24W-23.5/68.5-L/U29720049737403740
Nov 1, 2018TEMPLE52-40W-10/60-W/O318312630226444670-1
Oct 20, 2018E.CAR37-10W-22/66-W/U31611142790406496-5
Oct 13, 2018MEMPHS31-30W-5/80.5-L/U165296461281209490-1
Oct 6, 2018SMU48-20W-25/73.5-W/U256285541832373200
Sep 29, 2018PITT45-14W-13.5/65.5-W/U240328568109163272-1
Sep 21, 2018FLAATL56-36W-14/75-W/O239306545320127447-3
Sep 8, 2018SCSU38-0W-52/65.5-L/U316250566177802570
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