Central Florida Knights vs Temple Owls Game Preview and Prediction - 10/30/2021

by Amedeus Mastrangelo

Game Time: 12:00 pm ET, Saturday, October 30, 2021
Venue:  Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, PA
Where to Watch:  ESPN+

 

Opening Odds at USA Sportsbooks

DraftKings:  Point Spread:  UCF -10.5, Temple +10.5; Over/Under:  51 points
Bet365:  Point Spread:  UCF -10.5, Temple +10.5; Over/Under:  51.5 points
BetMGM:  Point Spread:  UCF -10.5, Temple +10.5; Over/Under:  52 points
 

Season Record

Central Florida Knights:  4-3 (5th place, AAC)
Temple Owls:  3-4 (8th place, AAC)
 
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Central Florida Knights vs Temple Owls Preview and Analysis

 
Recent Form
Central Florida Knights:  won at home on Oct. 22 against the Memphis Tigers 24-7.
Temple Owls:  lost on the road on Oct. 23 against the South Florida Bulls 34-14.
 
 
 

Central Florida Knights Analysis

UCF is coming into this game with a 4-3 record overall and they are 0-3 in their road games this season where they will be in this game. This will be their 5th conference matchup of the year and they are not in a very good position right now with a 2-2 record in their conference games this season. Their 2 losses came against the Navy Midshipmen and the Cincinnati Bearcats while their 2 wins came against the East Carolina Pirates (ECU) and against Memphis in their last game at the Bounce House. They dominated that game from start to finish and had a lead over Memphis at the end of every quarter in that game. Mikey Keene did not have a good game at all as he completed 11/19 passes for 63 yards, 1 touchdown and 1 interception. Joey Gatewood even completed 2/2 passes for 17 yards and 1 TD at the quarterback position in that one. Isaiah Bowser had a nice day in the ground game as he led the team in rushing with 111 yards on 26 carries while Ryan O'Keefe had the only rushing touchdown in that game. O'Keefe also led the team in receiving with 41 yards and 1 touchdown pass caught on 6 receptions in what was a very quiet day for the receiving corps. Tatum Bethune led the defense in that game with 6 solo tackles, 3 assisted ones and 1 sack. Big Kat Bryant led the team in sacks with 2 while Davonte Brown, Dyllon Lester, and Divaad Wilson all came away with 1 interception each in that game. They have scored 229 points in their 7 games this season averaging 32.7 PPG and they have allowed their opponents to score 200 points against them allowing 28.6 PPG. Their offense is averaging 420.3 YPG while their defense is allowing 371.7 YPG.
 
 

Temple Owls Analysis

Temple is coming into this college football game with a 3-4 record overall and they are 2-1 in their home game this season where they will be in this game. This will be the 4th conference matchup on their schedule this year and they are already off to a bad start with a 1-2 record in their conference games this season. Their 1 win came against the Memphis Tigers while their 2 losses came against Cincinnati and USF in their last game. After a scoreless first quarter in that game, they fell flat on their face in the second quarter and trailed for the rest of the game. They are now on a 2 game losing streak coming into this game. D'Wan Mathis struggled in their last game as he completed 12/21 passes for 183 yards, 1touchdown and 2 interceptions. Edward Saydee led the team in rushing with 27 yards and 1 touchdown on 6 carries but they did not get anything going in their running game in that one. Randle Jones led the team in receiving with 100 yards and 1 touchdown on 4 receptions. Alex Odom led the defense in that game with 9 solo tackles and 3 assisted ones while M.J. Griffin was right behind him with 7 solo tackles and 1 assisted one. No one on the defense recorded a sack or was able to come away with an interception in that game. They have scored 154 points in their 7 games this season averaging 22 PPG and they have allowed their opponents to score 237 points against them allowing 33.9 PPG. Their offense is averaging 327.3 YPG while their defense is allowing 376.4 YPG.
 

 

Central Florida vs Temple Prediction

The UCF Knights are coming into this game as a 10.5 point favorite with the current betting odds according to Draftkings Sportsbook. UCF played a lot better in their last game against Memphis, the defense stepped up in that game only allowing 7 points while they still scored 24 points giving themselves a nice lead. Temple played awful in their last game and they came away with a 20 point loss to a very bad USF team. UCF has always been able to score points but now their defense is actually stopping teams in their games and playing well. Temple will struggle to score here as UCF pulls away slowly throughout the game making the lead larger and larger as time ticks away. The best bet to place in this game is on UCF to cover the spread here as they follow up their solid win with another in this game.
 
Central Florida Temple Prediction:  Our NCAAF Pick for Saturday, October 30, 2021 (12:00 pm ET start time) is UCF 38 Temple 17.
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NCAAF Betting Trends

 
Central Florida Knights: 141-130 ATS in all games. 86-78 ATS as a favorite. 86-81 ATS against conference opponents. 100-106 O/U in all games. 
Temple Owls: 93-107 O/U in all games. 34-38 O/U when the total is between 49.5 and 56. 55-66 O/U as an underdog. 16-36 O/U as a home underdog. 39-57 O/U in home games. 55-66 O/U against conference opponents.
 

Key Injuries

 
Central Florida Knights:  R. Barber (DL) Ques Sat - Undisclosed injury. D. Marks (WR) Out indefinitely - Leg injury. J. Robinson (WR) Out indefinitely - Leg injury.
Temple Owls:  M. Niese (OL) Ques Sat - Undisclosed injury. D. Winston (S) Ques Sat - Undisclosed injury. A. Tyler (S) Out indefinitely - Upper Body injury.
 

Players to Watch

 
Central Florida Knights: Ryan O’Keefe is one player to watch in this contest. He leads his team in receiving yards this season. He led the team in receiving yards last game in a game that there was not a lot of passing offense but he still managed to find the end zone as a receiver and on the ground in that game. Look for him to have a better game here as they will throw the ball more in this one and he is one of their best playmakers so look for him to get a lot of balls thrown his way in this one.
 
Temple Owls: Randle Jones is one player to watch in this one. He leads his team in receiving yards and in touchdowns scored this season. He is coming off of a game where led the team in receiving with 100 yards and he also found the end zone in that game. He is a big part of their offense and they will need him at his best here if they want to win so look for him to get a lot of looks in this game and have another good one.
 

Notable Quotes

 
“We’re going to keep the momentum going. I feel very confident as far as this class goes.” - Gus Malzahn on their recruiting efforts to build the future of this program.
 
 
“A lot of it was, we weren’t getting off on blocks. We were playing high at times and certainly threw the kitchen sink at them with everything in our repertoire as far as scheme, but we need to help them more as coaches and we need to play better as players.” - Rod Carey on the way his team played in their loss to USF in their last game.
 
 

Starting Lineups

 
Central Florida Knights
WR Johnson, Brandon 
WR Jaylon Robinson
WR Ryan O'Keefe
TE Hescock, Jake 
QB Keene, Mikey 
RB Bowser, Isaiah 
 
Temple Owls
WR Blue, Jadan 
WR Jones, Randle 
WR Barbon, Jose 
TE Pittman, Darius 
QB Mathis, D'Wan 
RB Saydee, Edward 
 

Statistical Leaders

 
Central Florida Knights
Passing: D. Gabriel (818)
Rushing: I. Bowser (406)
Receiving: R. O'Keefe (416)
Touchdowns: B. Johnson (7)
Sacks: J. Celiscar (3)
Tackles: Q. Bullard (32)
 
Temple Owls
Passing: D. Mathis (1065)
Rushing: E. Saydee (218)
Receiving: R. Jones (340)
Touchdowns: R. Jones (3)
Sacks: W. Kwenkeu (3)
Tackles: A. Tyler (32)
 
Coaches:
Central Florida Knights: Gus Malzahn (1st season)
Temple Owls: Rod Carey (3rd season)
 

Weather Forecast

63 degrees F showers, 77% humidity, 40% chance of rain, up to 8 mph wind speeds S.


Amedeus Mastrangelo

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