The UCF Knights and BYU Cougars will engage in NCAA football betting action on Friday night in a standalone game on national television. The battle on the college football odds should be intense, as both of these teams know that they have a lot to prove in front of the live TV audience after relatively shaky starts to the season.
Year To Date Record: 20-13 ATS
Upset Record: 3-6 +$85
Week 4 College Football Matchup: UCF Knights @ BYU Cougars
Date: Friday, September 23rd, 8:00 ET
Location: Lavell Edwards Stadium, Provo, UT
College Football Lines: BYU -2
Week 4 College Football TV Schedule: ESPN
There’s been a heck of a lot of action this week on UCF, particularly of late with the NCAA football betting lines dropping from BYU -3.5 to -2, but we just aren’t so sure that it’s justified. Last week’s loss against the Florida International Golden Panthers really brought out the worst in the Knights offense, and it was just a harsh reminder of how one-dimensional this club really is. QB Jeff Godfrey is now three games into the season without a touchdown pass, and though he and his top three rushers (Latavius Murray, Brynn Harvey, and Ronnie Weaver) are all fantastic on the ground, when UCF falls behind in a game or just can’t move the rock with the running game, it just isn’t that great of a squad.
The Cougs were absolutely blown away last week by the Utah Utes in the Holy War right here in Provo in the home opener, and you know that they are going to want to make amends. Head Coach Bronco Mendenhall is no dummy, and he watched a Sun Belt team shut down the Knights by putting seven and eight players in the box defensively to slow the running assault. The question is whether QB Jake Heaps is going to rebound from a terrible second half that saw him get stuck on the bench in the midst of a 40-0 Utah outburst. The Knights do have the bar none top defense in Conference USA, and they have only conceded a grand total of 20 points all season long.
This could be a war when push comes to shove, but we tend to think that the hosts are getting off to a good start in this one and ultimately finishing off the visitors. The Cougars are a lot better than their 1-2 record suggests, and they’ll prove in on national television by taking down the C-USA reps at home.
Week 4 NCAA Football Pick: BYU -2