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Tigers open as underdog vs Knights

Central Florida KnightsMemphis Tigers
3-1October 05, 2013, 04:30 | Liberty Bowl1-2


The Memphis Tigers host Central Florida on Saturday, looking to build on their 2-1 ATS mark against the 3-1 Knights in NCAAF action at Liberty Bowl.

The Tigers are 1-2 so far on the season, and 2-1 ATS vs. the number. The Knights, meanwhile, are 3-1 and 4-0 ATS. Over under bettors have seen Memphis go 0-3 and the Knights go 1-3 on the totals.

View Central Florida Knights vs Memphis Tigers Odds and Stats.

Those siding with the visitors in this one saw the Knights listed as -10.5-point favorites earlier this week at Bovada. Meanwhile, the over under line was unavaiilable earlier in the week.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Tigers rated this week at No. 74 and the Knights sitting at No. 19. It may or may not play a role in OddsShark score prediction models that turned out a 36-23 result in favor of the Knights this week.

Last time out for Central Florida, they were a 28-25 loser as they battled South Carolina at home. Central Florida covered in the match as a 6.5-point underdog, while 53 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Memphis's No. 102-ranked offense, averaging 20 PPG, against a Knights defense that ranks No. 22 this week at 16.5 PPG. The Tigers aerial game is averaging 164.67 yards per game, less than the Knights secondary allows through the air, 196.25 YPG per game.

In comparing defenses, the Knights own the league's No. 9-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 60 yards per game when on the road. Memphis, on the other hand, rates No. 52 this week in generating rushing yards at home.

A few Knights at Tigers trends to consider:
Central Florida is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
Central Florida is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Central Florida's last 5 games
Central Florida is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games on the road
Memphis is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Central Florida
Memphis is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing Central Florida
Memphis is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games
Memphis is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games

Next up:
Central Florida at Louisville, Friday, October 18th
Memphis at Houston, Saturday, October 12th