Here’s everything you need to know about the undefeated UCF Knights traveling to Memphis in a rematch of the 2017 AAC Championship Game.
A season ago, the UCF Knights crowned themselves as the national champs after a perfect 2017 campaign that culminated with a win over the SEC West champs, the Auburn Tigers. The Knights’ 13-0 season was an incredible one to watch. It looks like Central Florida is doing everything it can to repeat what it did a year ago. This time, UCF hopes to end the season on a more prominent stage.
The Memphis Tigers are pretty familiar with what Central Florida can do on offense. The Tigers and the Knights went back and forth a season ago in the AAC Championship game. Ultimately, Memphis lost an instant classic in double overtime by a single touchdown. In 2018, Memphis is looking for revenge for that game. The Tigers have an offense that appears capable of scoring on anyone, including UCF.
UCF is led by senior quarterback McKenzie Milton. Milton, so far, has thrown for 1501 yards and 15 touchdowns against only 4 interceptions. However, he’s only completing 59.6 percent of his passes this season. However, Milton isn’t having to lead this offense on his own. Central Florida has a multitude of rushing options as it has seven players who have at least 100 rushing yards this year. Of those seven, three have run for at least 200 yards, and one has run for at least 300 yards. The Knights will find multiple ways to score on Saturday. They might need to if they hope to outscore the Memphis Tigers.
Arizona State transfer Brady White leads the way for the Tigers offensively. He’s a great quarterback that has torched just about every single defense that he has faced so far. White hasn’t received much national attention for what he’s done so far, but his passing stats are better than Milton’s. He’s completed 69.2 percent of his passes this season for 1549 yards, 15 touchdowns, and one pick. On Saturday afternoon, Memphis will need White to be better than Milton on the field, not just on the stats sheet. Thankfully for White, he’ll be able to turn to running back Darrell Henderson who is closing in on 1000 rushing yards already.
How to watch and bet on UCF – Memphis
- Date: Saturday, Oct. 13
- Start Time: 3:30 p.m. ET
- Location: Memphis, Tennessee
- Stadium: Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium
- TV Info: ABC/ESPN2
- Odds: UCF -4.5
- Live Stream: WatchESPN
Prediction: This game should be a high scoring affair. The Tigers and the Knights both boast powerful offenses, though they score through different slightly different methods. Given that this game is in the Liberty Bowl, it’s not unreasonable to think that Memphis could win at home. The Knights haven’t really been challenged yet and the Tigers will do just that. However, expect UCF to come out with a close, exciting win, but won’t cover the spread. This game will likely come down to whichever team has the ball last. Both offenses can do some damage and both should perform at a high level this week.
Score: UCF 48, Memphis 44