Preview: Central Florida at Houston

When: 7:00 PM ET, Thursday, October 2, 2014
Where: TDECU Stadium, Houston, Texas


Central Florida looks to get its offense in high gear when it opens American Athletic Conference play at Houston on Thursday. The Knights, who rank 117th out of 125 FBS teams in yards per contest, have struggled on the ground while introducing a first-year starter at quarterback. Central Florida must find a way into the end zone against Houston, which is averaging 31.5 points with a rushing attack that produces more than five yards per carry and put up 399 against UNLV last time out.

The Cougars are well-balanced, with two running backs totaling at least 196 yards and a pair of receivers with more than 220 yards in the first four contests. Central Florida quarterback Justin Holman has completed 60.7 percent of his passes with a talented group of receivers, but the Knights are averaging 2.6 yards per carry. Central Florida has won four consecutive conference openers and owns three straight victories over Houston, including a 19-14 thriller in 2013.

TV: 7 p.m. ET, ESPN. LINE: Central Florida –3

ABOUT CENTRAL FLORIDA (1-2): Holman threw for more than 200 yards in the first two games, coming off the bench in the opener against Penn State, and went 6-of-11 for 145 in the 41-7 victory over Bethune-Cookman on Sept. 20. Breshad Perriman (eight catches, 206 yards) and J.J. Worton (nine, 150) are two of five major threats through the air. William Stanback gained 137 yards on the ground the last two weeks, and the Knights are 20th in the nation in rushing defense, averaging 102.3 yards allowed.

ABOUT HOUSTON (2-2): Kenneth Farrow (271 yards) and Ryan Jackson (196) lead the rushing attack for the Cougars, who have run the ball 128 times and thrown it 158. Sophomore John O’Korn needs 37 yards to become the 11th Houston quarterback to record 4,000 in his career, but he is completing only 52.7 percent of his passes this season with six interceptions to go along with six touchdowns. O’Korn’s top two targets are Deontay Greenberry (18 receptions, 297 yards) and Daniel Spencer (21, 223).

EXTRA POINTS

1. Houston's next victory will be the 400th in the program’s history, as it stands at 399-347-15. 

2. Worton is four receiving yards shy of 2,000 in his career and fellow Knights WR Josh Reese is 84 away from becoming the fifth player on the roster with 1,000.

3. The Cougars have forced at least one turnover in 27 consecutive games, the second-longest current streak behind Louisiana-Monroe (30).

PREDICTION: Houston 38, Central Florida 34

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

  W/L Strk PF PA Home Away Grass Turf Conf
Central Florida 1-2 W1 25.0 23.7 1-1 0-1 1-1 0-0 0-0
Houston 2-2 W1 31.5 18.5 2-1 0-1 0-1 2-1 0-0

Last Meeting

Central Florida Houston
Date Away Home Tot Rus Pas Tot Rus Pas
11/9/13 HOU 14 UCF 19 398 188 210 367 136 231

Player Stats

Previous Matchup
Passing Player COMP% YDS TD INT
UCF B. Bortles 70.8 210 0 1
HOU J. O'Korn 52.2 231 1 2
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
UCF S. Johnson 28 127 4.5 0
HOU K. Farrow 8 57 7.1 0
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
UCF J. Godfrey 5 67 13.4 0
HOU D. Greenberry 8 94 11.8 0
TDs Player TD
UCF W. Stanback 2
HOU W. Beadle 1
Season
Passing Player COMP% YDS TD INT
UCF J. Holman 60.7 558 4 2
HOU J. O'Korn 52.7 846 6 6
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
UCF W. Stanback 30 137 4.6 2
HOU K. Farrow 37 271 7.3 2
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
UCF B. Perriman 8 206 25.8 1
HOU D. Greenberry 18 297 16.5 2
TDs Player TD
UCF W. Stanback 3
HOU R. Jackson 3

Quickchart Matchup

Central Florida Off vs  Houston Def
298.7 yards
335 yards
2.6 yards/rush
3.7 yards/rush
8.6 yards/attempt
5.2 yards/attempt
Houston Off vs  Central Florida Def
386 yards
335.3 yards
5.1 yards/rush
2.9 yards/rush
5.6 yards/attempt
8.1 yards/attempt

Live Game Odds

Lines History | All Odds
Home over/under
OPEN
-110
-2.5
-110
50
Offshore Odds
CarbonSports
-115
-3
-110
52
Sportsbook
-115
-3
-110
52
5Dimes.eu
-110
-3
-110
52
GTBets.eu
-110
-3
-115
52
Top Bet
-115
-3
-110
52.5
BetOnline.ag
-110
-3
-115
52
BetDSI
-105
-3.5
-110
52
AllYouBet.ag OFF OFF
Belmont
-115
-3
-110
52
BookMaker.eu
-105
-3.5
-110
52
Vegas Odds
Westgate
-110
-3
OFF
Mirage
-120
-2.5
OFF
Station
-110
-3
OFF
Best home line Recent line moves

Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

Central Florida Overall Houston
1-2-0 W/L 2-2-0
1-2-0 ATS 2-2-0
1-2-0 O/U 0-4-0
25.0 Pts For 31.5
23.7 Pts Against 18.5
Central Florida A/H Houston
0-1 W/L 2-1
0-1-0 ATS 1-2-0
0-1-0 O/U 0-3-0
10.0 Pts For 33.7
38.0 Pts Against 13.7