Through 1 Quarter
The UCF Knights were expected to win this one, and so far that's exactly how it's playing out. They have jumped out to a quick 14-7 lead against the South Florida Bulls.
RB Bentavious Thompson has led the way so far for the Knights, as he has rushed for one TD and 50 yards on six carries.
Here's an interesting fact: UCF has had a seven-point lead after the first quarter in these teams' past two games.
UCF @ South Florida
Current Records: UCF 5-3; South Florida 1-7
What to Know
The South Florida Bulls haven't won a contest against the UCF Knights since Nov. 26 of 2016, but they'll be looking to end the drought Friday. South Florida will take on UCF at 3:30 p.m. ET at Raymond James Stadium after a week off. The Bulls stagger in eager to bring about an end to their seven-game losing streak.
It's never fun to lose, and it's even less fun to lose 56-21, which was the final score in South Florida's tilt against the Houston Cougars two weeks ago. South Florida was down 42-7 at the end of the third quarter, which was just too much to recover from. No one had a standout game offensively for South Florida, but they got scores from QB Jordan McCloud, WR Omarion Dollison, and DB Leonard Parker.
UCF lost a heartbreaker to the Cincinnati Bearcats when they met last October, and they left with a heavy heart again last week. It was a hard-fought game, but the Knights had to settle for a 36-33 defeat against Cincinnati. Despite the loss, UCF had strong showings from WR Marlon Williams, who caught eight passes for two TDs and 97 yards, and QB Dillon Gabriel, who passed for three TDs and 243 yards on 49 attempts in addition to picking up 30 yards on the ground.
South Florida is the clear underdog, so they're hoping it's the size of the fight that determines this one. Those burned by picking them against the spread two weeks ago might want to keep in mind that the squad has not yet dropped back-to-back games against the spread this season.
South Florida is now 1-7 while UCF sits at 5-3. A pair of stats to keep in the back of your head while watching: The Bulls are stumbling into the matchup with the eighth most touchdowns allowed in the nation, having given up 33 on the season. To make matters even worse for South Florida, UCF comes into the matchup boasting the ninth most overall offensive touchdowns in the nation at 44.
How To Watch
- When: Friday at 3:30 p.m. ET
- Where: Raymond James Stadium -- Tampa, Florida
- TV: ESPN
- Online streaming: fuboTV (Try for free. Regional restrictions may apply.)
- Follow: CBS Sports App
- Ticket Cost: $199.99
The Knights are a big 25-point favorite against the Bulls, according to the latest college football odds.
The oddsmakers had a good feel for the line for this one, as the game opened with the Knights as a 24.5-point favorite.
UCF have won three out of their last five games against South Florida.
- Nov 29, 2019 - UCF 34 vs. South Florida 7
- Nov 23, 2018 - UCF 38 vs. South Florida 10
- Nov 24, 2017 - UCF 49 vs. South Florida 42
- Nov 26, 2016 - South Florida 48 vs. UCF 31
- Nov 26, 2015 - South Florida 44 vs. UCF 3