No. 15 Central Florida still hasn’t lost a regular-season game since 2016 and the Knights are favored to keep that streak going when they visit ACC school Pittsburgh on Saturday. It’s the last Power 5 opponent for UCF this season outside of a bowl and the Knights are favorites at the latest NCAA Football odds.
How to Bet UCF vs Pittsburgh College Football Week 4 Spread & Game Info
- When: Saturday, 3:30 PM ET
- Where: Heinz Field
- TV: ESPN2
- Live Stream: WatchESPN
- Radio: SiriusXM
- College Football Week 4 Spread: UCF -11.5 (Total 58)
Central Florida blew out visiting Pittsburgh 45-14 in 2018. QB McKenzie Milton threw for 328 yards and four touchdowns and ran for two more – he’s out this season injured for UCF. Running back Adrian Killins, Jr., scored on a 71-yard reception, and Milton tossed TD passes of 24 yards to Gabriel Davis, 2 yards to Michael Colubiale and 13 yards to Otis Anderson.
Kenny Pickett was 16 of 26 for 163 yards, one touchdown and one interception for Pitt, which was limited to 109 yards rushing.
Saturday marks the first meeting between the two teams in Pittsburgh.
- Partly Cloudy: 29°C/85°F
- Humidity: 64%
- Precipitation: 20%
- Cloud Cover: 45%
- Wind: 5 mph SSW
- Stadium Type: Open
Why Bet on UCF?
The Knights had little trouble with formerly ranked Stanford 45-27 last week. For the third straight game to start the 2019 season, the Knights (3-0) found the end zone on their first drive of the game, as freshman Dillon Gabriel led a 77-yard drive that culminated with a 28-yard touchdown pass to Marlon Williams, the receiver’s first of the season.
Gabriel went off in his second start, throwing for 347 yards and two touchdowns. Gabriel has been extremely efficient, ranking fourth in the nation with a 206.6 passing efficiency rating, while also ranking seventh with nine touchdown passes. Gabriel’s 347 yards and four touchdowns were both more than McKenzie Milton’s best outing as a freshman in 2016, which was 317 yards and three scores against UConn.
UCF scored on the ground and through the air, its 29th straight game doing so, a streak that leads the nation (Oklahoma, 2nd – 16). The Knights are now 34-2 as a Top 25 team. UCF had scored in 37 straight quarters prior to failing to score in the third quarter, snapping the school-record streak. UCF scored 30 or more points for the 29th straight game, the nation’s longest such streak and the longest streak of the AP Poll era (since 1936). Central Florida has won 27 straight regular-season games, a school record.
The Knights have scored 40 or more points in 18 of their last 29 games, including each of the three games in 2019, and have reached the 50-point plateau 10 times in the last 29 outings. Through three weeks of the 2019 season, UCF ranks third in the nation in total offense with 604.3 yards per game and sixth in scoring offense with 51.7 points per game. No team has recorded more first downs than UCF’s 89 after three weeks of the season.
The Knights have had success taking care of the ball so far in 2019, ranking third in the nation with just one turnover lost on the season, a fumble lost late in the game against Stanford.
Team Stats (Last 10 Games)
- Score: 26.00
- Rush Yards: 175.00
- Pass Attempts: 31.50
- Completion Percentage: 57.14
- Passing Yards: 269.00
- Total Yards: 444.00
- Turnovers: 2.00
Why Bet on Pittsburgh?
Pittsburgh has started 2019 with a 1-2 record, falling to Virginia in the season opener, before defeating Ohio and then losing to Penn State. The Panthers played well vs. the Nittany Lions, losing just 17-10. The Panthers had first-and-goal at the Penn State 1 midway through the fourth quarter. Two passes and a run went nowhere, and Pat Narduzzi opted to kick, despite trailing by seven. Alex Kessman’s miss allowed the Nittany Lions to bleed the clock a bit. The 17 points scored by Penn State are the fewest surrendered by Pitt in the series since its 12-0 victory in 2000.
Junior quarterback Kenny Pickett again set three personal bests. Pickett finished with career-high marks in completions (36), passing attempts (51) and passing yards (372). It was the third 300-yard passing game of Pickett’s career. Pickett’s 35 completions against the Nittany Lions were two shy of the school record of 37 set by Alex Van Pelt against Notre Dame in 1990. Pitt is 4-1 under Narduzzi when it has a 300-yard passer.
In his last two games, Pickett has completed 69% of his passes (61 of 88) for 693 yards with one touchdown and zero interceptions. Junior wide receiver Taysir Mack finished with a career-high 12 receptions (for 125 yards). The Panthers are 6-6 under Narduzzi when they have a 100-yard receiver in a game.
Pitt last defeated a ranked opponent at Heinz Field on Nov. 24, 2017, a 24-14 victory over No. 2 Miami, which entered the game on a 15-game winning streak. Pitt is 77-47-5 vs. current members of the American Athletic Conference. The Panthers’ next regularly scheduled game with an AAC program will be against Cincinnati at Heinz Field on Sept. 9, 2023.
Team Stats (Last 10 Games)
- Score: 33.00
- Rush Yards: 185.00
- Pass Attempts: 21.50
- Completion Percentage: 67.44
- Passing Yards: 184.50
- Total Yards: 369.5
- Turnovers: 0.50
UCF vs Pittsburgh 2019 College Football Week 4 Betting Trends
- Knights are 8-0 SU in their last 8 games played in September
- Knights are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games played in week 4
- The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Central Florida’s last 13 games
- Panthers are 1-5 SU in their last 6 games
- Panthers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games at home
- The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Pittsburgh’s last 5 games played in September
Expert Final Score Prediction for UCF vs Pittsburgh
UCF 31 – Pittsburgh 23