Check out the UCF vs. USF fearless prediction and game preview.
UCF (10-0) vs. USF (9-1) Game Preview
Broadcast, TV, Game Time
Date: Friday, November 24
Game Time: 3:30 pm ET
Venue: Spectrum Stadium, Orlando, FL
And here we go with the playoff of the Group of Five’s New Year’s Six Bowl slot.
Boise State might have some argument in the equation, but it’s this simple. If the winner of this game wins this week, and then takes down Memphis in the American Athletic Conference championship, it’ll get on the big stage.
The College Football Playoff is out of the picture for an unbeaten UCF team that just doesn’t have the schedule, but its job is make it a discussion. Blowout the Bulls, and then there might at least be a spot in the CFP top ten.
USF was supposed to be the star to the Group of Five show, but a loss to Houston a few weeks ago all but ended that. Win this, though, and it all changes back around.
One Reason Why UCF Will Win
The South Florida offensive line is good at getting the ground game going, but it has a nightmare of a time at keeping aggressive defensive fronts out of the backfield.
Awful at giving up tackles for loss, the Bulls need to give Quinton Flowers and the running game time to operate. Between the issues up front, and the problems on special teams – the punting game is awful and the return game worse – UCF has to try dialing up the pressure in all phases.
Solid against the run, the Knights don’t do a whole lot to get behind the line, but they don’t let too many things happen down the field – there aren’t too many second-level runs.
Against USF, contain, contain, contain. Don’t let Flowers and the running game start to gash.
One Reason Why USF Will Win
Yes, the UCF passing game is among the nation’s most efficient and explosive, but now it’s about to deal with the fury coming from the USF defensive front.
No. 1 in the nation in tackles for loss and with a phenomenal pass rush that takes over games at times, the Bull defense should bring the heat from the start.
With everything rolling at the right time, USF has come up with 14 sacks in the last three games and 43 tackles for loss over the last four. From the inside out, the Bulls are making life miserable for everyone in the American Athletic.
UCF QB McKenzie Milton will have to hurry everything up – he’s not going to get the time to operate like he normally enjoys. The Knights haven’t dealt with a defense like this.
What’s Going To Happen
Here’s the problem for USF. Yes there’s pressure. Yes there are a ton of players behind the line and the defensive talent to throw off everything UCF likes to do.
But the Bulls can still be scored on.
Do you like the high-powered UCF passing game that goes fast, fast, fast, or the USF running game that should control the clock and the tempo?
At home, UCF will come out roaring, and while Flowers and company will have their moments, this is the national breakout moment for Scott Frost and the Knights.
The UCF offense will be too balanced, too explosive, and too effective.
UCF vs. USF Prediction
UCF 34. USF 24
UCF -11, o/u: 63.5
5: Thanksgiving dessert
1: Thanksgiving dinner … 2
Must See Rating
5: The inside of your eyelids for Thanksgiving nap
1: The Star … 4.5