Friday night college football is back with an American Athletic Conference matchup and a Mountain West showdown in San Jose. The first game of the night will take place in Cincinnati as the 18th ranked UCF Knights travel to Nippert Stadium for a date with the Bearcats. The nightcap sees the New Mexico Lobs head up to the Bay Area to take on the San Jose State Spartans.
Below are my two best bets for Friday’s College Football action.
#18 UCF (-4) at Cincinnati: O/U 60 points scored (-110/-110)
#18 UCF rebounded from their first loss of the season, a 35-34 loss at Pitt two weeks ago, by throttling Connecticut 56-21 last week. UCF is now 4-1 on the season and they sit at 1-0 in the AAC. UCF has scored 45+ points in all four wins and have not given up more than 28 points in those four wins. UCF is 10th in the nation averaging 336.0 passing yards per game and are 19th in the nation with 232.6 rushing yards per game. The Knights are 6th in the nation averaging 49.0 ppg and are giving up just 19.4 ppg.
Cincinnati opens up AAC play on the heels of two straight victories that saw them win by a combined 87-27. The Bearcats have a 42-0 loss to #5 OSU, but other than that have looked impressive this season. UC is 79th in the nation averaging 222.3 passing yards per game and are 52st in the nation averaging 186.5 rushing yards. The Bearcats are averaging 37.0 ppg, good for 28th in the nation, and giving up just 20.8 ppg.
Series History: UCF has won the last three meetings to take a 3-1 series lead.
Prediction: I don’t think this will be the offensive explosion we are used to with UCF games, so take under 60 points scored.
New Mexico at San Jose State (-6.5): O/U 66 points scored (-110/-110)
New Mexico prepares for the first Mountain West game of the season after a 2-2 start to 2019. The Lobos lost 17-10 at Liberty last weekend, but the week prior put up 55 points and beat New Mexico State. UNM are 62nd in passing yards per game (246.3) and are 38th in the nation in rushing yards per game (38th). The Lobos are T-72 averaging 29.5 ppg and are giving up a whopping 41.5 ppg.
San Jose State started off Mountain West play last week, a week after their stunning road win at Arkansas, and fell at Air Force 41-24. The Spartans now return home for the first time in a few weeks and will look to improve their record to 2-1 in San Jose. SJSU are 33rd in the nation in passing yards per game (284.8) and 107th in rushing yards per game (118.0). San Jose State are 86th in the nation averaging 26.5 ppg and are giving up 29.3 ppg.
Series History: San Jose State leads the all-time series 12-5-1, but New Mexico won their most recent meeting back in 2016.
Prediction: All the points are going to be scored in this one. Take the over 66 points scored.
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