Memphis Tigers(10-1) vs. UCF Knights(11-0)
- Start Time: 12:00 PM EST
- Location: Spectrum Stadium
- TV: ABC
- Weather: 76 with a 15% chance of rain
- Line: UCF -7
- O/U: 82
- FPI: UCF 69.4%
Stop me if you’ve heard this before, Memphis at UCF playing in a huge game.
Oh, you have? Well, that’s probably because this is my third time this season writing a preview for a matchup between these two(first one the game got canceled, second for the make-up game).
All jokes aside, we are in for a treat. This is going to be by far the best game of the week, in my opinion. When these two faced off the first time, UCF blew them out of the water and it wasn’t close at all, but now these two teams are almost dead even. Since the loss, Memphis
Since the loss, Memphis has won every game, scoring an average of 53.57 points a game. The Tigers offense is rolling right now. Riley Ferguson is leading his team to victory after throwing three interceptions and only throwing for one touchdown against the Knights.
Something that is extremely impressive, sure it was against a bad ECU team but, the Tigers dropped 45 points in the first half last week. Again, that was against ECU but still, 45 points in 30 minutes is impressive, I don’t care who it is.
Memphis’ offense is up for a great challenge as UCF has one of the better defense’s in the Forgotten 5. The Knights held them to 13 points in their first meeting and only give up about 22 points per game. These guys can stop almost anyone, besides USF and even then, they stopped them when it counted.
Memphis defense could cause them a problem, they aren’t awful, but they are far from great. When they face offenses that are higher powered they seem to give up a lot of points(UCLA-48, UCF-40, Houston-38, SMU-45).
McKenzie Milton and the Knights could expose the Tiger defense once again. UCF is coming off the biggest win of their season, they were in a back and forth battle with USF that saw three touchdowns in 52 seconds. The Knights season could have been ruined late in the fourth quarter, but Mike Hughes saved it all with a clutch kick return to put UCF on top.
— Sleeper Athletes (@SleeperAthletes) November 25, 2017
This will be the best game this weekend and it sadly won’t get as much attention as the ACC, B1G, or SEC title games.
I expect an extremely tight game this go around. Memphis has improved a lot since the last meeting, but I don’t think it will be enough to actually beat UCF.
The Knights just have everything going for them right now, if the offense is moving slow, the defense keeps them in the game, or they get a big play on special teams. If the defense can’t stop the opponent, the offense will keep pace until they get a stop.
UCF will have to overcome some fourth quarter adversity on Saturday, but will pull it out late and will still be disrespected by the playoff committee come Sunday afternoon, but that’s a different article.