UCF vs Florida Atlantic: A showcase of high-powered offenses awaits Friday at 7 p.m. ET when Central Florida hosts Florida Atlantic in Orlando, Florida. The Golden Knights are 13.5-point favorites, up from an open of 13, and the over-under for total points scored is 77, up almost a touchdown from an open of 71. Before you make any UCF vs. FAU picks, listen to what SportsLine expert Emory Hunt has to say. Hunt is the founder and CEO of Football Gameplan, which has been supplying analysis of all levels of football since 2007. The former running back joined SportsLine in 2016 and has provided his followers with winning seasons in college and pro football.
Hunt already is off to a hot start with his college football selections, as he has hit 62 percent of his spread selections. What’s more, he has had a keen eye for the tendencies of these two programs, with an undefeated 6-0 mark in picks involving Central Florida or Florida Atlantic over the past two seasons.
It’s only the second meeting between the two schools – UCF won 33-29 back in 2003 before FAU was a full-on FBS team – and now this should be a blast.
FAU bounced back from the blowout loss to Oklahoma to rip through Air Force and Bethune-Cookman, and now it gets a chance to make a whole lot of noise by handing the defending national champion its first loss since 2016.
The defense hasn’t been great, there have been too many misfires on special teams, and the punting game – because of the blocks – is the worst in the country. But Devin Singletary is back to being Devin Singletary – running for five touchdowns against Bethune-Cookman – and the passing game appears to have something in QB Brian Robison.
But UCF is rested after missing its chance to drill North Carolina last week, and the offense should be ready to keep it all going. Thanks to a great start from the line, the O hasn’t missed a beat in the coaching change, the defense has been great at taking the ball away, and it’s all working …
But the Knight haven’t played anyone.
They’ll swarm all over Singletary, and the offense will rip through the Owl secondary with first down after first down. FAU will have its moments in the second half to keep it from being a total wipeout, but the UCF machine will put this away in the first half.
UCF (2-0) bumped the streak to 15 with a 38-0 Week 2 victory over FCS opponent South Carolina State. They head into Friday night’s game with an extra week of rest after last week’s scheduled contest at North Carolina was postponed because of Hurricane Florence.
Still, they are no sure thing to cover a massive spread against an upstart Florida Atlantic club that has plenty of firepower of its own.
The Owls (2-1) are coming off an 11-win season in their first year under Lane Kiffin, which included a Conference USA championship, a bowl victory and a 10-game winning streak to end the season. They were routed 63-14 by Oklahoma in Week 1, but have bounced back with two straight victories, including a 33-27 triumph over a tough Air Force club in Week 2. They defeated Bethune-Cookman 49-28 last week.
FAU has one of the most underrated weapons in the country in running back Devin Singletary, who gained 1,920 yards and scored 32 touchdowns last season. He has 210 yards on 53 carries with seven scores through three games.