The Houston Cougars (3-5) travel to Orlando this weekend for an American Athletic Conference clash with the UCF Knights (6-2). Kickoff is set for 12:00 PM EST on November 2nd at Spectrum Stadium and the game will be televised on ESPN2.
Taking a look at the Week 10 college football odds, UCF opened as a 23-point home favorite earlier this week. That spread hasn’t moved at all after early betting, as the Knights are currently available at -23. The total for the game is sitting at 70 points.
Vegas Betting Preview & Game Odds: UCF vs Houston
Houston has now lost two out of their last three games after falling 34-31 at home against #15 overall SMU last Thursday to drop to 3-5 on the season overall. The Cougars trailed 21-13 at the half and couldn’t quite pull off the comeback over the final two quarters of the game despite outscoring the Mustangs 18-13 down the stretch. QB Clayton Tune played well, going 18/35 for 407 passing yards and two touchdowns through the air. RB Mulbah Car led the way on the ground, rushing for 136 yards on a team-high 18 carries. WR Marquez Stevenson absolutely torched the SMU secondary, racking up 211 yards and two touchdowns on just five receptions. As a whole, Houston generated well over 500 total yards and scored three touchdowns despite coming up just short on the scoreboard.
The Cougars didn’t have a very good outing on the other side of the ball against SMU, giving up well over 400 total yards of offense and allowing four touchdowns. Houston really struggled to slow down Mustangs RB Xavier Jones on the ground, as he rumbled for 133 yards and two touchdowns on a game-high 22 carries.
UCF won their second straight game last weekend, crushing Temple 63-21 on the road to improve to 6-2 on the season overall. The Knights were only up by a touchdown at the half but completely dominated both sides of the ball over the final two quarters, outscoring the Owls 35-0 en route to a blowout victory. QB Dillon Gabriel was solid, throwing for 218 yards and three touchdowns through the air. The running back duo of Otis Anderson and Bentavious Thompson was electric, combining for 292 rushing yards and three touchdowns. WR Marlon Williams also chipped in, finding the end zone on one of his three catches for 81 yards. Overall, UCF gained well over 600 total yards of offense and scored nine touchdowns against a shell-shocked Temple defense.
The Knights were fairly average defensively against Temple, giving up well under 300 total yards of offense and three touchdowns. UCF had no answer Owls WR Branden Mack, as he hauled in five catches for 105 yards and a touchdown.
NCAA Football Betting Predictions & Free Pick: OVER 70
As tempted as I am by Houston and the boatload of points in this particular spot, I just don’t think that I can fully get behind a Cougars team that has given up 30+ points in a game five times this year already. Of course, the UCF defense has also had their fair share of struggles, as they have allowed their opponents to score at least three touchdowns in six consecutive games. While I would roll with Houston against the spread if I was forced to pick a side, I would definitely much rather bet the OVER on 70 total points scored in this American Athletic Conference battle here in Week 10.
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The Knights offense has been outstanding pretty much all year, scoring at least 40 points in three out of their last four games and averaging well over 45 points per game overall. Houston has also done a lot of damage offensively through their first eight games, scoring at least 30 points in five outings. I feel pretty confident that both offenses should be able to put up 35+ points again this weekend, which would push the total OVER 70 points. It is also worth noting that the total has gone OVER in six of Houston’s last seven road games and in five of UCF’s last six games overall. I’ll avoid both teams against the spread in favor of the OVER on 70 total points scored in what should be a highly entertaining, up-tempo matchup.