The Florida Atlantic Owls will be looking to get the upset victory and first win of the season when they host the 18th-ranked Central Florida Knights in their all-Florida Week 2 showdown on Saturday, live from AU Stadium in Boca Raton at 7:00 PM ET. Can the Owls pull off the upset win or will the Knights get the win and ATS cover as a double-digit road favorite? Let’s get to my expert analysis and prediction on this intriguing affair right now.
UCF vs Florida Atlantic 2019 College Football Week 2 Lines, Game Info & Analysis
- When: Saturday September 7, 2019, 7:00 PM ET
- Where: FAU Stadium, Boca Raton, FL
- TV: CBSSN
- Radio: UCF
- Live Stream: CBSSports.com
- College Football Week 2 Odds: UCF -10.5 / Total: 67.5
- PM Thunderstorms: 34°C/93°F
- Humidity: 69%
- Precipitation: 40%
- Wind: 9 mph SW
- Cloud Cover: 34%
- Type of Stadium: Open
Why Bet On No. 18 UCF at -10.5?
The Knights looked fantastic in their 62-0 blowout win over Florida A&M in their opener while covering the chalk as a whopping 4-point home favorite in the process. Former Notre Dame quarterback Brandon Wimbush threw for 168 yards and two touchdowns in his debut with UCF while backup Dillon Gabriel passed for 127 yards and three more scores and third-stringer Quadry Jones added another TD pass for good measure.
“I thought all of them did a ton of positive things,” coach Josh Heupel said.
“It doesn’t matter who’s in there,” running back Adrian Killins offered. “They’re all capable of leading this team where we want to go.”
Defensively, Brendon Hayes and Tre’mon Morris-Brash each had one while Shawn Burgess-Becker had a team-high three tackles.
Why Bet On FAU at +10.5?
The Owls couldn’t contain New Ohio State starting quarterback Justin Fields in his debut with the Buckeyes as they allowed the dual-threat signal-caller pass for 234 yards and four scores while rushing for 61 additional yards and another touchdown in their humbling 45-21 season-opening loss last weekend. Quarterback Chris Robison completed 22 of 34 passes for 178 yards and one touchdown, but the Owls were limited to a paltry 22 rushing yards in the loss while failing to cover the chalk as a 20.5-point road dog.
“We gave ourselves a chance to stay in the game, but they’re just a really good team and we shot ourselves in the foot early,” Owls tight end Harrison Bryant said.
UCF vs Florida Atlantic College Football Week 2 Betting Trends
- UCF is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 games
- UCF is 19-1 SU in the last 20 games
- The total went UNDER in 8 of UCF’s last 11 games
- Florida Atlantic is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 games
- Florida Atlantic is 2-5 SU in the last 7 games
- The total went UNDER in 8 of Florida Atlantic’s last 9 games played in week 2
Expert Analysis and Prediction for UCF vs Florida Atlantic
The loss of quarterback McKenzie Milton was a big blow to a UCF program that gone a stellar 15-1 over the last two seasons, including 12-1 last season in Josh Heupel’s debut campaign. However, the Knights got really lucky when former Notre dame signal-caller transferred to the school and won the starting job. Now, UCF has the look of a team capable of pulling off another double-digit winning season while Florida Atlantic went backwards in a big way in Year 2 of the Lane Kiffin era.
UCF is 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games in September, 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall while FAU has gone 1-4 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games in the month of September. More importantly, the Knights are the better and more experienced team in this matchup with the better starting quarterback and head coach!
Pick: UCF -10.5