Georgia Tech vs. UCF Prediction, Odds, Trends and Key Players for Gasparilla Bowl

UCF's John Rhys Plumlee (10) throws a pass in the second half of the college football game between
UCF's John Rhys Plumlee (10) throws a pass in the second half of the college football game between / SARAH PHIPPS/THE OKLAHOMAN / USA TODAY

Two efficient offenses meet in the Gasparilla Bowl on Friday, December 22nd.

UCF made it through its first year in the Big 12 while qualifying for bowl eligibility behind a dynamic offense behind quarterback John Rhys Plumlee while Georgia Tech was impressive in ACC play this season with transfer Haynes King thriving in his first year in the Yellow Jackets system.

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Georgia Tech vs. UCF Odds, Spread and Total

UCF vs. Georgia Tech Betting Trends

Georgia Tech vs. UCF to Watch

  • Date: Friday, December 22nd
  • Game Time: 6:30 PM EST
  • Venue: Raymond James Stadium
  • How to Watch (TV): ESPN
  • Georgia Tech Record: 6-6
  • UCF Record: 6-6

Georgia Tech vs. UCF Key Players to Watch

Georgia Tech

Haynes King: King has been rock solid this season with GT, completing 62% of his passes for 2,140 yards with 29 total touchdowns. While 10 interceptions is a bit of a concern, he has shown an ability to generate big plays, the Yellow Jackets are 43rd in the country in EPA/Play this season and draw a favorable matchup against a poor UCF defense.


John Rhys Plumlee: Plumlee had a leg injury that cost him a few games, but he was still dynamite when on the field, totaling north of 2,500 yards and 18 total touchdowns. The Knights offense is dynamic around JRP's ability to be a threat on the ground and through the air, and with extra prep, he should be in for a big game.

Georgia Tech vs. UCF Prediction and Pick

Both offenses should cook here, each unit is top third of the country in terms of EPA/Play and each defense is bottom third in EPA/Play on defense. Seems promising for both offenses.

Both quarterbacks are middling passers, but are threats with their legs so that opens up downfield passing attacks. Both teams are incredibly dangerous on the ground, each top 10 in yards per carry, and struggle to slow down the run, outside the top 100 in yards per carry allowed.

I respect both offensive play callers in UCF's Gus Malzahn and Georgia Tech's Buster Faulkner, so I think we are looking at fireworks in the Gasparilla Bowl.

Both teams have proven they can score in bunches, the Yellow Jackets have scored 30 or more in six of 12 games in the regular season, and also let up 30 or more in seven of those games! Meanwhile, UCF has scored 30 in five games, even without JRP for some games, and allowed 30 or more in five as well.

If you can't tell, both offenses are set to go off in what should be an up-tempo, back-and-forth affair. Let's bet the over. I think this might be the highest-scoring game of the 2023 bowl season.

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