UCONN Hosts Central Florida (21) to Open Season

Central Florida Black Knights

Can Central Florida Do it Again?

The 21st ranked Central Florida Knights and the UCONN Huskies will meet at Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field. This Thursday Night matchup will kick off the season for both teams. ESPNU has the kickoff at 7 pm.

Oddsmakers opened the Knights as -16.5-point favorites versus the Huskies, while the game’s total opened at 69.5. The line is now Central Florida as 24-point favorites. The total is now 70.

Central Florida will be hard-pressed to match its magical undefeated 2017 season. The Knights begin a new campaign in the American Athletic Conference expecting to make noise again. After losing Head Coach Scott Frost it will be tough.

Former Missouri offensive coordinator Josh Heupel takes over as coach.

The Black Knights have won three of the five previous meetings. They had a 49-24 triumph last year in Orlando, Fla.

UCONN Looks to Improve in 2018

Coach Randy Edsall begins the second season of his second stint with the Huskies. He needs to replace nine starters on defense. He has told reporters this freshman class may be the best he has ever had at UConn.

The Huskies’ offense is more seasoned with senior David Pindell taking over full time at quarterback. He passed for more than 200 yards in the last three games of 2017, including 201 against UCF.

Edsall told reporters of Pindell: “He seems a lot faster, looks a lot faster than what he was a year (ago). Not a guy that talks a lot, but the kid is really respected, and he’s a hard worker.”

The Huskies return their top rusher in sophomore Kevin Mensah. He had 561 yards and four TDs. Redshirt freshman Zavier Scott from Texas was listed as the starter on this week’s depth chart.

Senior Hergy Mayala had 43 catches, 615 yards, and seven TDs in 2017. He keys the receiving corps that includes five players (also tight end Aaron McLean and wideouts Keyion Dixon, Quayvon Skanes and Tyraiq Beals) who registered at least 30 receptions last season.

Central Florida Has New Coach, but Plenty of Talent

Missouri finished in the top 10 in the nation for total offense last year under Heupel. Heupel is a former Oklahoma quarterback that excelled at his position. McKenzie Milton should prosper despite losing his top receiver Tre’Quan Smith to the NFL. It will be tough to match a 13-0 season.

Junior All-Conference center Jordan Johnson anchors the offensive line for the Knights. They return sophomore Otis Anderson and junior Adrian Killins Jr., who had 790 rushing yards, at running back.  Junior receiver Dredrick Snelson is back. He had 46 catches, 695 yards, and eight TDs.

New defensive coordinator Randy Shannon must replace some key people. Senior linebacker Pat Jasinski had 104 tackles. Senior safety Kyle Gibson had four interceptions. They are expected to lead Shannon’s defense.

Junior quarterback McKenzie Milton, who was eighth in the Heisman Trophy voting last year, leads the way for 23rd-ranked UCF.

Prediction: UCF 42, UCONN 21

Recent Form

NameRecordATSOffenseDefenseDiffATS HomeATS AwayOU RecordOU HomeOU Away
Central Florida13-08-4-149.5025.3124.194-34-1-18-56-12-4
Connecticut3-95-727.6737.92-10.252-53-26-63-43-2
Power Stats
Yards Per Point
NameOffenseDefenseDifferential
UCF10.2516.91-6.65
UCONN17.6813.694

Yards Per Pass

NameOffenseDefenseDifferential
UCF14.0213.350.67
UCONN13.0112.600.41
Yards Per Rush
NameOffenseDefenseDifferential
UCF4.744.170.57
UCONN4.804.97-0.17
Team Records

Central Florida Knights

NameRecordHomeAwayATSATS HomeATS AwayOffenseDefenseDiff
Overall13-07-06-08-4-14-34-1-148.2325.3122.92
vs Conf9-05-04-05-3-13-22-1-146.7826.8919.89
Last 33-02-01-02-11-11-048.3341.337.00

UCONN Huskies

NameRecordHomeAwayATSATS HomeATS AwayOffenseDefenseDiff
Overall3-92-51-45-72-53-223.5837.92-14.34
vs Conf2-61-31-35-32-23-126.2538.25-12.00
Last 30-30-10-22-10-12-020.3336.67-16.34

Supergrid

TitleStatRankStatRank
Away Team Overall Scoring vs Home Team Overall Defense48.23137.92121
Away Team Road Passing vs Home Team Home Passing Defense282.6722338.71128
Awy Team Road Rushing vs Home Team Home Rushing Defense190.0036200.86106
Home Team Overall Scoring vs Away Team Overall Defense23.5810225.3152
Home Team Home Passing vs Away Team Road Passing Defense288.0031236.5069
Hme Team Home Rushing vs Away Team Road Rushing Defense146.5796149.1736

Head To Head Summary

NameRecordATSOUScoreRushYPRPACPPYTYTO +/-
Central Florida3-22-34-135.40127.404.1442.0061.43310.60438.002.20
Connecticut2-33-24-126.80164.604.0130.0054.67199.20363.801.40

Head To Head Detail

DateAwayHomeScoreLineTotalOU ResultARYAPYATYATTHRYHPYHTYHTTAway Team AttemptsHome Team AttemptsAway Team CompletionsHome Team Completions
Nov 11, 2017UCONNUCF24-4921220141321733465191
Oct 22, 2016UCFUCONN24-168331740001712424130
Oct 10, 2015UCONNUCF40-131702634330602553154
Nov 1, 2014UCFUCONN29-3714528442941791483271
Oct 26, 2013UCONNUCF17-629114223341763515272

NCAA Football Betting and Odds Trends

Team Last 5 Games

Central Florida Knights

DateOpponentscoreResultlineATS Resultoffensive rush yardsoffensive passing yardsoffensive total yardsdefensive rush yardsdefensive passing yardsdefensive total yardsturnoversLocation
Jan 1, 2018AUBRN34-27W15/70.5W/U16924241190331421-2A
Dec 2, 2017MEMPHS62-55W-6.5/80W/O2324947262824717532H
Nov 24, 2017USF49-42W-10/65L/O160373533150503653-1H
Nov 18, 2017TEMPLE45-19W-13/58.5W/O130254384196201397-5A
Nov 11, 2017UCONN49-24W-39.5/64L/O173346519212201413-1H

UCONN Huskies

DateOpponentscoreResultlineATS Resultoffensive rush yardsoffensive passing yardsoffensive total yardsdefensive rush yardsdefensive passing yardsdefensive total yardsturnoversLocation
Nov 25, 2017CINCIN21-22L6.5/58.5W/U1762734491361993350A
Nov 18, 2017BOST.C16-39L21/51L/O171241412330553852H
Nov 11, 2017UCF24-49L39.5/64W/O2122014131733465191A
Nov 4, 2017USF20-37L23/63.5W/U148176324217385602-1H
Oct 28, 2017MIZZOU12-52L13/75.5L/U1212333541754085830H

Next up:
UCF home to South Carolina State Saturday, September 8
UCONN at Boise State Saturday, September 8

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