Central Florida (11-0) is favored against Memphis (8-4) at Spectrum Stadium on Saturday (December 1, 2018, 15:30ET).
The spread was first listed at -3.5 points for the Knights. They’ve gone a comforting 11-0 straight up as favorites this year, and 8-3-0 against the spread. The Tigers are 0-2 straight up as underdogs, and 1-1-0 against the spread.
Central Florida quarterback McKenzie Milton completed 59.2% of his attempts this season for 2,663 yards and 25 touchdowns. Milton is an efficient quarterback, with a passer rating of 161.0 this season. Greg McCrae gained 979 yards from scrimmage and rushed for 8 touchdowns, averaging an outstanding 9.0 yards per carry.
All together, Central Florida gained 531.8 yards per game and scored 43.1 points per game. The Knights thus feature one of the best offenses in the country. The defense allowed 409.3 yards and 19.5 points per game, while Titus Davis led the way with 6 sacks this season.
The Tigers offense features quarterback Brady White, who threw for 2,947 yards and 25 TD’s this season. White completed 63.7% of his passes, which works out to a passer rating of 157.8. Darrell Henderson ran for 895 yards and 19 touchdowns, averaging an excellent 8.6 yards per carry. The Tigers offense is truly elite.
Altogether, Memphis averaged 530.3 yards per game and 43.8 points. The defense allowed 397.3 yards and 29.5 points per game. Bryce Huff recorded 10 sacks this season.
Both teams have been good on offense this season and bettors might expect a shootout. The two teams have a combined over/under record of 11-12, which isn’t as spectacular as you might think. The over/under on this game is set at 64.5, although it’s generally accepted that prudent bettors should take the points (+3.5 for Memphis, in this case) in a shootout.