By 3 quarters
The Memphis Tigers usually have all the answers at home, but the UCF Knights are a tough problem. Three-quarters and the Knights offense really managed to impose its will, dominating Memphis 21-7 three-quarters.
WR Ryan O’Keefe has led the way so far for UCF, as he scored a rushing touchdown in addition to snatching a TD receipt. Memphis capitalized on the performance of RB Brandon Thomas, who scored a touchdown.
That’s the fewest points Memphis has yet this season heading into the fourth quarter.
Memphis @ UCF
Current records: Memphis 4-3; UCF 3-3
What there is to know
Prepare for an American athletic battle as the UCF Knights and Memphis Tigers face off at 7 p.m. ET Friday at Bounce House. If the game looks like Memphis’ 50-49 victory in their previous meeting in October of last year, the scorer will be very busy.
It’s never fun to lose, and even less fun to lose 56-21, which was the UCF’s final tilt score to the Cincinnati Bearcats last week. The Knights were in a difficult position at halftime, the score already standing at 35-7. QB Mikey Keene had a game to remember, but not the way you want to remember it: Despite a touchdown, he threw two interceptions with just 5.15 yards per attempted pass.
Meanwhile, Memphis didn’t have too many issues with the home marines last Thursday as they won 35-17. The team ran away with 28 points in the first half and mostly sat on those in the second to secure the victory. It was another big night for the Tigers’ WR Calvin Austin III, who scored a rushing touchdown. That touchdown – a 69-yard rush in the first quarter – was one of the highlights of the competition.
This next game should be tight, with the Knights having just one point favorite. Those who stay with them ATS have guts, to put it politely, as the team have let punters down in their last four games.
UCF is now 3-3 while Memphis is 4-3. Two defensive stats to watch: UCF is the 218th worst in the country for number of rushing touchdowns allowed, with 13 this season. The Tigers have had their own struggles as they stumble into the game with the 236th most successful touchdowns allowed in the country, after allowing 16 this season. It’s possible that one of those Achilles’ heels will end up tripping the losing team.
How to watch
- When: Friday at 7 p.m. ET
- Or: Bounce House – Orlando, Florida
- TV: ESPN2
- Online broadcast: fuboTV (Try free. Regional restrictions may apply.)
- To follow: CBS Sports app
- Cost of the ticket: $ 6.00
The Knights are a small 1-point favorite against the Tigers, according to the latest college football odds.
The punters moved slightly against the Knights, as the game opened with the Knights as the 2.5-point favorite.
Over / Under: -112
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History of the series
UCF have won four of their last five games against Memphis.
- October 17, 2020 – Memphis 50 vs. UCF 49
- 01 Dec. 2018 – UCF 56 vs. Memphis 41
- October 13, 2018 – UCF 31 vs. Memphis 30
- December 02, 2017 – UCF 62 vs. Memphis 55
- September 30, 2017 – UCF 40 vs. Memphis 13