The UCF Knights are ranked No. 14 in the nation and have big expectations, and their road begins Saturday in a nonconference game against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. The Knights have become one of the nation's top teams outside the Power Five and have visions of a College Football Playoff berth after going 10-3 in 2019. Quarterback Dillon Gabriel had a breakout season, and two-time AAC Player of the Year McKenzie Milton could be back from a horrific knee injury in the coming weeks. UCF starts late after its opener was postponed, and it faces a Yellow Jackets team that won at Florida State in Week 1.
Kickoff is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. ET at Bobby Dodd Stadium in Atlanta. The Knights are 7.5-point favorites in the latest UCF vs. Georgia Tech odds at William Hill, while the over-under for total points scored is 62.5. Before making any Georgia Tech vs. UCF picks, you need to check out the college football predictions from the SportsLine Projection Model.
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Now, the model has set its sights on Central Florida vs. Georgia Tech. You can visit SportsLine now to see it. Here are the college football odds from William Hill and trends for Georgia Tech vs. Central Florida:
- UCF vs. Georgia Tech spread: UCF -7.5
- UCF vs. Georgia Tech over-under: 62.5
- UCF vs. Georgia Tech money line: Knights -270, Yellow Jackets +230
- UCF: QB Dillon Gabriel had nine games last season with zero interceptions and at least two touchdowns.
- GT: QB Jeff Sims' 24 completions vs. FSU were the most by a Georgia Tech quarterback since 2003.
Why UCF can cover
UCF is 8-3 against the spread in its last 11 games in September, and the emergence of Gabriel has kept the Knights in the national conversation. The lefty threw for 3,653 yards as a freshman and had 29 touchdown passes against just seven interceptions. The presence of Otis Anderson takes some pressure off. The shifty running back led the team with 726 rushing yards last season and was fourth in receptions with 31, and he is a true home-run threat.
The Knights are 6-3 ATS in non-conference games since 2017, and Gabriel also has strong options in the passing game. Tre Nixon is the leading returning receiver in yards with 830, Marlon Williams is tops in receptions with 51, and Jacob Harris is a big-play threat at 6-foot-5. Safety Richie Grant (78 tackles in 2019) and linebacker Eric Mitchell (77) are the leaders on a defense that allowed an average under 200 passing yards per game in 2019.
Why Georgia Tech can cover
Georgia Tech is 6-2 against the spread in its last eight after allowing fewer than 20 points in the previous game, and the Yellow Jackets' defense clamped down on Florida State. The unit forced three turnovers and had three sacks, and linebacker Quez Jackson led the team with nine tackles and had an interception. Defensive end Curtis Ryans was named national defensive player of the week after posting two sacks, forcing a game-changing fumble on one of them.
Sims brought some spark to the offense in his first start for the Yellow Jackets against a team he once committed to. The true freshman was responsible for 341 total yards, throwing for 277 and a touchdown. The Yellow Jackets also rushed for 161 yards in the game, with Jordan Mason and Jamious Griffin combining for 97 on 23 carries. Sims averaged 4.9 yards on his 13 attempts. Veteran receivers Malachi Carter and Jalen Camp had a combined 11 catches for 123 yards.
How to make UCF vs. Georgia Tech picks
SportsLine's model is leaning under on the total, with projections showing UCF's Anderson being held in check and the Jackets struggling to eclipse 300 total yards. It also says one side of the spread cashes in well over 50 percent of simulations. You can only get the pick at SportsLine.
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